William "Bro" Adams, The Chairman of The NEH

Fred Field/Colby College

Longer Listen - October 30, 2015

NEH Chairman William Adams On The Humanities’ Role In The US

The Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, William Adams, is in Champaign-Urbana today. He stopped by WILL to talk with Illinois Public Media's Amanda Honigfort about the role the humanities play in the United States and several initiatives the NEH is undertaking. 

News Local/State - October 30, 2015

Davis Bill Aims To Cut Student Loan Debt, Provide Incentive To Employers

Taylorville Republican Rodney Davis has co-sponsored the Employer Participation in Student Loan Assistance Act, a student loan re-payment plan that lets employes offer recent college graduates a tax-free benefit of just over $5-thousand.  The funds can also be used for continuing education with current workers.

The suspect in an attempted carjacking is led to a police car by an officer.

Kimberly Guikema/for Illinois Public Media

News Local/State - October 30, 2015

UPDATE: More Details On Arrest Of Champaign Carjacking Suspects

Champaign police have apprehended two suspects following an alleged attempted armed carjacking followed by a standoff lasting several hours Friday morning on the city’s northwest side.  The incident ended peacefully, and without injury.

The new vinyl record collection at the Urbana Free Library.

Jim Meadows/Illinois Public Radio

News Local/State - October 30, 2015

Urbana Free Library Debuts New Vinyl Collection

The Urbana Free Library is launching a vinyl record collection, in response to the interest in vinyl recordings that has persists, despite the dominance of digital formats.

A woman dressed in a Native American headdress.

James Kenney/AP

News Local/State - October 29, 2015

Halloween Cultural Costumes Raising Debate On Stereotypes And Racism

It’s the time of the year when department stores stock their shelves with different outfits for Halloween, including costumes of other cultures. Sexy Geisha, Hey Amigo Mexican man and replicas of Native American headdresses are some real life examples of cultural costumes and they can be found on various Halloween websites.

Cultural costumes have led to a controversial dilemma over whether or not they are racist, sexist and perpetuate cultural appropriation.

Planes on display at the Chanute Air Museum in Rantoul

Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media

News Local/State - October 29, 2015

Rantoul Air Museum Shutting Its Doors Early

The Chanute Air Museum in Rantoul closes its doors Saturday, two months earlier than originally planned.  The original decision was made last spring for financial reasons, but Curator Mark Hanson says the closure date was moved up since many exhibits are already being moved. 

The Clinton nuclear power station.

(Wikimedia Commons)

News Local/State - October 29, 2015

Exelon Defers Decision To Close Clinton Plant For One Year

Exelon is putting off a decision for a year on whether to close a nuclear plant in Clinton. The company has already delayed decisions about the future of reactors in Quad Cities and Byron. It still wants Illinois lawmakers to approve a monthly surcharge on electric bills to reward generators who produce carbon-free power.

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