A tractor in a corn field during harvest time.
Darrell Hoemann/Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting
September 07, 2017

Crop Insurance; Teaching Science Through Bad Examples; Faster Trains; Climate Change And Flooding

On the 21st: How farmers use the federal crop insurance program to stay in business. Plus, University of Illinois entomologist May Berenbaum explained how even "bad science" from movies could be used to teach valuable lessons, and DePaul University's Joseph Schwieterman discussed new passenger trains that could slash commuting times. Also: a look at climate change, flooding and other severe weather.


A rendering of the proposed expansion of the Illinois Terminal, and a new hotel conference center to be located in downtown Champaign.
Ratio Architects
July 18, 2017

MTD, Grotelueschen Partner On Development Project

Two proposed developments in downtown Champaign have joined together for what would be the largest conference center in Champaign-Urbana. Developer Hans Grotelueschen has moved his hotel and conference center project a few blocks south from its original proposed location at Washington and Walnut to merge with the planned expansion of the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District’s Illinois Terminal.


Section of Green Street in Champaign under construction for the MCORE Project.
Jim Meadows/Illinois Public Media
July 08, 2017

With Budget In Place, MCORE Work To Resume Monday

Passage of a new state budget in Springfield means it’s back to work for construction crews on several road projects in Illinois --- including the MCORE project in Champaign-Urbana’s Campustown.


The Illinois Senate on July 4, 2017, as it was overriding Gov. Bruce Rauner's veto of Illinois' first full budget in two years.
Brian Mackey/NPR Illinois
July 05, 2017

Budget Update: What’s At Stake?; ER Safety; Proposed High Speed Rail from O’Hare to Chicago

On the 21st: Illinois could be a day away from its first full state budget in years. Legislators will vote in the House tomorrow to override Gov. Bruce Rauner's veto. We look at what is at stake. Plus, a recent hostage situation at an Illinois hospital raised the question: Is enough being done to keep medical staff safe in the emergency room? 


Section of Green Street in Champaign under construction for the MCORE Project.
Jim Meadows/Illinois Public Media
June 30, 2017

Delay On State Budget Delays Road Projects In C-U

Work on two federally funded road construction projects in Champaign-Urbana will have to halt --- unless state lawmakers and the governor act quickly this weekend to pass a budget to authorize the state to spend the money on the projects in the new fiscal year.


Senate President John Cullerton, Gov. Bruce Rauner, and House Speaker Michael Madigan are pictured in file photos.
Brian Mackey/NPR Illinois
June 29, 2017

Illinois’ Third Year Without a Budget Looms Ahead; Airport Security; Levee Dispute; Sports Update

On today's 21st: Illinois is getting national attention today because if lawmakers do not reach an agreement by tomorrow, the state enters an unprecedented third year without a budget. Plus, we look at the Trump administration's announcement that airlines need to step up security, Illinois and Missouri's dispute over a levee, and WBEZ's Cheryl Raye Stout gives an update on Chicago sports.


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