Protesters march during a rally near Chicago Police headquarters Monday night.

(AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

November 24, 2014

Ferguson Protests In Illinois

Dozens of protesters outside Chicago Police Department's headquarters started marching as soon as they heard that a grand jury had decided not to indict a Ferguson, Missouri, police officer in the shooting death of an unarmed, black 18-year-old in August.  

Lesley McSpadden, the mother of Michael Brown reacts to the grand jury decision.

(AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

November 24, 2014

Grand Jury Won’t Indict Ferguson Cop In Shooting

 President Barack Obama says he joins with Michael Brown's family in urging peaceful protests after a grand jury decided not to indict the Ferguson police officer who shot and killed the unarmed, black 18-year-old. 

Brittany Ferrell chants while marching through the streets of St. Louis protesting the August shooting of Michael Brown.

(AP Photo/David Goldman)

November 24, 2014

Reports: Ferguson Grand Jury Has Reached Decision

Media outlets citing unidentified sources report the grand jury considering whether Police Officer Darren Wilson should be charged in the death of Michael Brown has reached a decision.

November 24, 2014

Illinois Universities Warned Of ‘Dire’ Budget Cuts

The head of the Illinois Board of Higher Education has issued a budget warning to the presidents of the state's public universities after meeting with Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner's budget transition team.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel

(Susan Walsh/AP)

November 24, 2014

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel Will Step Down

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, the highest profile Republican on President Obama's cabinet, will step down, a defense official tells NPR's Tom Bowman.

Author Jean Thompson

(Jim Meadows/Illinois Public Media)

November 23, 2014

Jean Thompson Re-Tells Fairy Tales In “The Witch”

Author Jean ThompsonWriter Jean Thompson talks about her new book, in which she retells classic fairy tales in her own way. 

In "'The Witch' and Other Tales Re-Told" (published by Penguin's Blue Rider Press), the Urbana resident reaches back to our shared tradition of European fairy tales to produce short stores that go beyond the assumption that such tales are strictly for children. Thompson discusses her new book in an interview with Illinois Public Media's Jim Meadows.

Jean Thompson is the author of several novels and short story collections, including "Who Do You Love", which was named a National Book Award finalist in 1999, and "The Humanity Project", which Thompson discussed on WILL's Focus in 2013.

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