May Berenbaum

University of Illinois Entomology Department & Alumni Association

February 21, 2019

36th Annual Insect Fear Film Festival Celebrates Termites

Termites will be the focus of celebration this weekend at the 36th Annual Insect Fear Film Festival in Urbana. The event kicks off at 6 pm on Saturday at Foellinger Auditorium in Urbana. It’s hosted by entomology researchers at the University of Illinois, including department head May Berenbaum.

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February 21, 2019

Reactions To Gov. Pritzker’s Budget Address; Photojournalist Chris Capozziello

On The 21st: Yesterday Governor Pritzker gave his first budget address in Springfield before a joint session of the General Assembly. It’s the beginning of the give and take between him and state legislators and it should lead to a final budget by the end of May. Today, reactions from lawmakers on what they liked, what they didn’t like, and where there’s room for some middle ground. Plus, we’ll speak with artist and photojournalist Chris Capozziello about his exhibition, The Distance Between Us. It tells the story of what it’s like to have a twin with cerebral palsy.

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February 20, 2019

Live From The State Capitol: Gov. Pritzker’s First Budget Address

On the 21st: We broadcast live from the floor of the state capitol ahead of Governor J.B. Pritzker's first budget address. We hear from Comptroller Susana Mendoza, House Minority Leader Jim Durkin, Senate Majority Leader Kimberly Lightford, and Attorney General Kwame Raoul. Finally, we get some analysis from UIS professor Ken Kriz and Illinois Public Radio's Brian Mackey ahead of the speech. 


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February 20, 2019

FDA Says Teen Boys Most At Risk Of Using E-Cigarettes

Health officials say teenagers are using e-cigarettes at epidemic rates. Lawmakers in a number of Midwest states, like Indiana, Illinois and Minnesota, are addressing the problem and so is the FDA. Side Effects Public Media spoke with Mitch Zeller, director of the agency's Center for Tobacco Products, about efforts to curb the use of smokeless tobacco among youth.

Stuart Strahl, president of the Chicago Zoological Society, explains the infrastructure problems at Brookfield Zoo at a news conference Wendesday February 13 where the group asked the state for helping fixing the issues in the upcoming capital bill.

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February 20, 2019

Making The Case For A Piece of Illinois’ Capital Plan

Crumbling sidewalks, gas line failures and cracked concrete — the problems at Brookfield Zoo are a metaphor for what’s wrong with public infrastructure throughout Illinois. As lawmakers begin negotiating a statewide spending plan to fix it, the zoo is among a growing list of those coming to Springfield with their paws out.

Governor JB Pritzker at the signing ceremony for legislation raising the state minimum wage.

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February 19, 2019

Gov. J.B. Pritzker Signs $15 Min. Wage Increase Into Law

Illinois became the first state in the Midwest Tuesday to increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour. Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed the measure at the Governor’s Mansion in Springfield. 

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