Alan Montecillo/Illinois Public Media
April 18, 2018

Live From The Green Top: Local Farming, The State Of State Farm And Women Running For Office

On The 21st: Live from Green Top Grocery in Bloomington, we talk to local farmers who are part of this co-op. Also, we hear about State Farm and their recent layoffs. Plus, when a record number of women are running in this year's election, we catch up with Normal Councilwoman Chemberley Cummings, who is wrapping up her very first year in office.


Vicki White, president of Chicago Books to Women in Prison, reads a letter sent from an incarcerated woman. She is standing in a room lined with bookcases and book shelves full of books.
Lee V. Gaines / Illinois Newsroom
April 16, 2018

Illinois Prison System Spent Less Than $300 On Books Last Year

Last year, the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) spent $276 on books for its educational programming across 28 correctional facilities, according to data obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request. In the early 2000s, however, the state prison system spent roughly $750,000 each year on books. The dramatic decrease in funding stands in contrast to research that shows educational programming for inmates can significantly impact recidivism rates. Prison librarians, academics and a former Illinois inmate all agree that prison libraries play an important role in that work. 


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