The Gateway Arch

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October 28, 2015 - News Local/State

Four minutes up, three minutes down: Listen to a first-timer travel to the top of the Arch

St. Louis is celebrating 50 years of the Gateway Arch, the city's most famous structure and the tallest monument in the Western Hemisphere. The Arch is a mainstay of St. Louis tourism, with more than two million visitors every year; but some long-time residents of the area have never taken the famous ride to the top. David Reddick of Kirkwood is one of them. He joined Illinois Public Radio's Áine O'Connor on a tram ride to the top of the Arch.


Carroll Allison, left, and Vito Comporato during the construction of the Gateway Arch.

Jefferson National Eepansion Memorial Archives

October 28, 2015 - News Local/State

Builders Of The Gateway Arch Say It Was A Monumental Task — And An Honor

The story of the engineers and ironworkers who built Eero Saarinen's Gateway Arch never gets old, and Wednesday marks the 50th anniversary of "topping out" day — it also might have been one of the last opportunities for St. Louisans to meet the men and shake their hands.


Surveillance camera screenshot of suspect in October 28 armed robbery of First Financial Bank on South Prospect Avenue in Champaign.

Champaign Police Department

October 28, 2015 - News Local/State

Champaign Police Seek Suspect In Morning Bank Holdup

Champaign Police say a man wearing an orange hardhat and a neon yellow vest held up the First Financial Bank on South Prospect Avenue Wednesday morning, fleeing on foot with an undetermined amount of cash.


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October 28, 2015 - Longer Listen

New Host, Kelly McEvers, Will Bring Her Midwestern Roots To All Things Considered

Kelly McEvers knew from the first story she wrote for the Daily Illini while studying at the University of Illinois that she wanted to be a journalist. You've heard her report more recently as NPR's Beirut Bureau Chief and now as one of the new hosts of All Things Considered

McEvers recently talked with Illinois Public Media's Amanda Honigfort about being a foreign correspondent, bringing more of Midwest perspective to All Things Considered, and growing up in nearby Lincoln, Illinois. 


Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert, center, arrives at the federal courthouse Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015, in Chicago, where he is scheduled to change his plea to guilty in a hush-money case that alleges he agreed to pay someone $3.5 million to hide cl

Matt Marton/AP

October 28, 2015 - News Local/State

Dennis Hastert Pleads Guilty In Hush-Money Case

The plea deal in the former US House Speaker's hush-money case recommends up to a 6-month prison sentence.  An indictment issued in May said Hastert agreed to pay someone known as "Individual A" to hide past misconduct.


John's seal on the cover of Magna Carta: The Birth Of Liberty

Viking Press

October 27, 2015 - Longer Listen

So You Think You Know The Magna Carta…?

This year, the Magna Carta will turn 800 years old. The document, literally “Great Charter” when translated from Latin, is revered as the founding document of western democracy. Its language is found in many later key political documents including the US constitution and the Bill of Rights. But when Dan Jones dug into its history he found a very different story than we assume. Illinois Public Media's Amanda Honigfort talked with Jones about what he found. 


Water tower on the Eastern Illinois University campus

Hannah Meisel/ Illinois Public Media

October 27, 2015 - News Local/State

Moody’s Downgrades Rating For 6 Illinois Universities, Including EIU

The downgrades from Moody's Investors Services did not downgrade the University of Illinois or Illinois State University, but like the other schools, they were given "negative" outlooks.  Illinois is about to enter its fifth month with no state budget.


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