Washington, Ill., is full of both optimistic signs and lots of construction crews as the town rebuilds after a half-mile-wide tornado devastated the area last November.
(Alan Greenblatt/NPR)
April 23, 2014

In Illinois, A Town That’s Half-Destroyed But Filled With Hope

Washington is just starting to rebuild. Much of the central Illinois town was wiped away by a half-mile wide tornado last November. In all, 1,108 homes were destroyed or rendered uninhabitable — a huge share of the housing stock in a city of 15,000.


Tiffany Contreras kisses her daughter Kyndall, 4, goodbye at Disney Elementary in Tulsa, Okla. As part of a pilot program that aims to educate both children and families, Contreras takes classes at Tulsa Community College for free.
(John W. Poole/NPR)
April 23, 2014

One Approach To Head Start: To Help Kids, Help Their Parents

President Obama has called repeatedly on Congress to help states pay for "high-quality preschool" for all. In fact, those two words — "high quality" — appear time and again in the president's prepared remarks. They are also a refrain among early childhood education advocates and researchers. But what do they mean? And what separates the best of the nation's preschool programs from the rest?


James Kilgore
(Steve Yeater/AP)
April 22, 2014

Former SLA Member Kilgore To Lose U Of I Teaching Position

James Kilgore, the University of Illinois adjunct instructor whose radical and violent past with the Symbionese Liberation Army was spotlighted in a News-Gazette newspaper article two months ago, is losing his teaching position.


April 22, 2014

Study: Minority Kids Hit Hardest By Illinois Law

A state lawmaker opposes eliminating the automatic transfer of juveniles charged with serious crimes to adult court.  Meanwhile, a group says Illinois' 32-year-old law requiring juveniles accused of the most serious crimes to be charged as adults may be discriminatory.


April 22, 2014

UI Basketball Player Arrested

University of Illinois police say basketball player Darius Paul faces preliminary charges of resisting a peace officer and unlawful consumption of alcohol by a minor.


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