Soil Carbon Cowboys

November 06, 2018

‘Soil Carbon Cowboys’ Documentary; Bloomington Murder Case Revisited; College Graduation Gap

On The 21st: 35 years ago this week, Susan Hendricks and her three children were brutally murdered in their Bloomington home. We‘ll talk with journalist Steve Vogel about his book, Reasonable Doubt, and what we know about the crime three decades later. Plus, more than two dozen Illinois colleges have banded together to try and address the college graduation gap between African-American and Latino students and their white counterparts. But first, how can all the cows we raise for meat help, rather than hurt, our environment?

The number of H-2A visa workers have increased, but they still make up 9 percent of the U.S. agriculture workforce.

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November 06, 2018

Farmers Are Seeking More Temporary H-2A Workers, And Keeping Them Longer

Across the country, farmers have voiced concerns over what they say is a growing labor shortage. That’s why an increasing number are turning to the federal H-2A visa program, which allows farmers to bring in workers temporarily from foreign countries.

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November 05, 2018

Common Myths About Voting; Disability And Language Access; New Citizens Voting

On The 21st: Here’s a quick civics quiz for you. You aren’t registered yet. You don’t speak English. You have a felony conviction. You can’t vote, right? Wrong! We tackle common voting misconceptions. And, voting is for all US citizens but the process can be more challenging if you have a disability, or if you have trouble reading English. What systems are in place to make sure everyone can vote? And, tomorrow is Election Day and many voters are turning out for the very first time, including new citizens. 

Danville Mayor Scott Eisenhauer

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November 04, 2018

Danville Voters Will Decide If They Want A City Manager

In Danville, an elected mayor runs the city government day to day, and the city council sets laws and policies. That form of government is called mayor-aldermanic or mayor-council government. But a referendum on Tuesday’s ballot would have the city council hire a professional manager to run Danville’s government, and the mayor’s job would become a part-time one.


Michael Conroy/AP

November 04, 2018

Key Questions The 2018 Election Will Answer

In one respect, this is a typical midterm election — a race shaped as a referendum on the president and the party in power. But there are so many ways in which this election is anything but typical. We've seen a surge in first-time candidates, especially women and minorities. In the past several midterms, the party in power was relatively complacent compared with the party hoping to be in power. Heading into Election Day, Democrats have an enthusiasm edge, but Republicans have been getting steadily amped up, too.

Illinois running back Reggie Corbin breaks away to the end zone.

Holly Hart/AP

November 03, 2018

Corbin, Illinois Roll Over MInnesota, 55-31

The hot seat Illinois coach Lovie Smith has found himself on lately cooled down a bit on Saturday as Illinois beat Minnesota 55-31 in a football game that saw some impressive and long scoring runs.

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