On the 21st: We discussed a new study about homelessness and learned what may be driving an increase in the number of women getting into computer science in Illinois. We also learned about an urban gardening program that provides job training for at-risk youth.
The emerald ash borer continues to devastate ash trees in Champaign and surrounding areas. The City of Champaign has removed about one third of the ash trees on its property since the insect was first found in the city in 2006.
On the 21st, we talked with two educators from the Unviersity of Illinois about summer vegetable gardening. Plus, we discussed student voter turnout with a Northwestern law student asking for classes to be canceled on Election Day, and learned about the Kane County Cougar's latest promotion poking fun at Illinois's political history.
On the 21st: We talked with scientists about chemicals in everyday products that may be dangerous to pregnant women and children. We also learned about the Chicago neighborhood that will soon be home to the Obama Presidential Library and heard from Orland Park Police Chief Tim McCarthy about his reaction to would-be presidential assassin John Hinckley, Jr.'s release. Plus, we spoke about the American lawn and how to incorporate native plants into home landscaping.
Rauner's first pick for ag director was a farmer. But Philip Nelson, who came to the job after serving as the president of the Illinois Farm Bureau, resigned in late September, less than a year into the job.