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October 16, 2018

New Funding Helps Schools; Resources For Sexual Assault Survivors; Hurricanes; Wild Animal Safety

On The 21st: With all the national news stories about sexual assault, more and more survivors are speaking out and looking for help. We take a look at what’s available to people here in Illinois. Plus, we talk with a U of I scientist about hurricanes, tropical storms and if they’re getting worse. And, we talk about exotic pets and how they can be dangerous to native wildlife. But first, we check back in with a few superintendents about how they are feeling to have funding from the new formula. 


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October 15, 2018

Sears Files For Bankruptcy; Most Competitive House Races in IL; Top 10 IL Scientists

On the 21st: Sears, once the largest retailer in the world, which has been headquartered here in Illinois for more than a century, filed for bankruptcy. Plus, as the state celebrates its bicentennial, we check in on the Lincoln museum's latest Top 10 list: scientists. But first, Illinois is home to two of the nation's most competitive Congressional elections. 


Congressman Rodney Davis

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October 11, 2018

Congressman Rodney Davis; Pumpkin Crop Check In; Pumpkin Spice Alternatives; Chicago Film Festival

On the 21st: We check in on this year’s pumpkin crop with some Illinois farmers. Plus, it’s officially Pumpkin Spice season. We talk about the spice some people love, and others love to hate. And, the Chicago International Film Festival has started. Michael Phillips gives us his picks. But first, we sit down with Congressman Rodney Davis a few weeks before the midterm elections. 


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October 10, 2018

What You Need To Know About Registering To Vote; MacArthur Fellows From Illinois; Fall Food Recipes

On the 21st: Election Day is November 6. We provide a rundown on the dates, deadlines, and myths around casting your ballot. But first, two of this years MacArthur “genius grant” winners are from Illinois. We spoke to the MacAurthur fellows about the Foundation and their work. And, before you know, it the weather really will turn to fall, which means lots of seasonal cooking.


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October 09, 2018

Earthquake Relief for Indonesia; Illinois Politics Update; Founder of Autonomous Stuff

On The 21st: Nearly two thousand people have died because of the earthquake and tsunami that hit Indonesia at the end of September. We’ll talk to Illinois college students who are raising money for relief efforts. Plus, with less than a month until the midterm elections we round up the meetings between Gov. Rauner and his challenger, J.B. Pritzker. And, Bobby Hambrick started an Illinois company that makes parts for autonomous cars. He says that future is right around the corner.


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October 08, 2018

Verdict in Jason Van Dyke Trial; Celebrating Indigenous Peoples’ Day; Best Drives for Fall Foliage

On the 21st: Jason Van Dyke has been found guilty of the second degree murder of Laquan McDonald. We'll give you the latest on the case and discuss the impact it has had on the city of Chicago. Plus, today is Columbus Day. But did you also know that Illinois has a new holiday? Indigenous People’s Day? And, we'll discuss some of the best places to see fall foliage here in Illinois. 


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October 04, 2018

School Nurse Shortage in Illinois; Consent on College Campuses; Chicago Sports Update

On the 21st: With national attention focused on the issue of sexual assault, we'll talk to a few college students about the conversations taking place on campus around consent. Plus, as the Cubs season wraps up, the season for the Chicago Bears is ramping up. But first, do you remember visiting your school nurse when you were a kid? These days, half of Illinois schools don’t have one. We’ll talk about how they are coping.


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October 03, 2018

Video Court; Job Opportunities For Felony Convicts; Japanese-American Resettlement in Peoria

On The 21st: If you’ve ever been convicted of a felony, finding a job is a big challenge. Now there’s a law that might help. Plus, during World War II, the U.S. forced millions of Japanese-Americans into internment camps. More than 10,000 people moved to Illinois during that time, including the city of Peoria. But first, many courtrooms are having bond and arraignment hearings through a TV monitor instead of in person. This can be more efficient, but is it fair to defendants?


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