The National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility construction site in February 2019.

Brian Grimmett/Harvest Public Media

April 04, 2019 - News Local/State

The Other Manhattan Project

In the wake of Sept. 11, federal officials said the United States needed a new, state-of-the-art facility to defend against bioterrorism and stop diseases that could devastate the country’s farm economy and threaten human lives. They chose Manhattan, Kansas, as the site of the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility. 


Front entrance of University Rehabilitation Center of C-U in Urbana, formerly the Champaign County Nursing Home.

Jim Meadows/Illinois Public Media

April 03, 2019 - News Local/State

Champaign County Nursing Home Sale Finalized

Champaign County government no longer operates a nursing home. The sale of the Champaign County Nursing Home to a private firm managed by William “Avi” Rothner was officially finalized as of 12:01 AM, Monday. On Tuesday, employees at the facility in Urbana were answering the phone by identifying the nursing home as University Rehabilitation Center of C-U, or University Rehab.


Portrait photo of Karina Villa.

Jonathan Laureano

March 20, 2019 - News Local/State

Rookie Lawmaker Making Mental Health A Priority

State Rep. Karina Villa is a 40-year-old Democrat representing West Chicago. She's one of dozens of fresh faces at the Illinois State Capitol this year and also one of seven lawmakers in the House of Representatives whose election flipped a red seat blue -- from Republican to Democrat.


Someone lighting a marijuana cigarette, with a pile of cash in the background.

Adapted photo from Heath Alseike/Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

March 19, 2019 - News Local/State

Illinois Moves To Bank The Unbanked Marijuana Companies

Growing and selling cannabis for medical purposes in Illinois is legal, and it's looking more likely that the state will legalize a recreational program as well. But one crucial component that remains illegal is for banks to do business with marijuana-related companies. 


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