News Local/State - April 17, 2015

Falling Union Membership? The Governor Has A Theory About That ...

Gov. Bruce Rauner has spent much of his first few months in office talking about labor unions. He’s shared not only policy proposals, but also his ideas about the history of the union movement. Illinois Public Media's Brian Mackey wrote about the state of labor in the April edition of Illinois Issues magazine and decided to take a closer look at one the governor’s theories.

Ebertfest Director Nate Kohn, actor Jason Segel, director James Ponsoldt, and film critic Matt Zoller Seitz of Roger Ebert.com.

(Amanda Honigfort/WILL)

News Local/State - April 17, 2015

Actor Segel, Director Ponsoldt Discuss Author’s Influence

The star and director of "The End of the Tour", depicting 1980 Urbana High School graduate David Foster Wallace, say their love for the late author's writing made them want to take on the project.

Illinois Tobacco Quitline logo

(Illinois Department of Public Health)

News Local/State - April 16, 2015

Tobacco Quitline Calls It Quits

Twenty-seven people are out of a job at Illinois' Tobacco Quitline, which means there's no one left to answer the phone.

An Amtrak commuter train moves through a crossing gate while traveling to Chicago Tuesday, June 12, 2012 in Springfield.

(AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

News Local/State - April 16, 2015

Amtrak: Proposed Budget Cut Means Less Service In Illinois

Amtrak staff testified Thursday before a Senate committee on the proposed 2016 fiscal budget.  Reductions in service would be expected under Gov. Bruce Rauner's budget proposal.

beautifully arranged variety of vegetables

News Local/State - April 16, 2015

Food Deserts Spreading In Rural Areas

The U. S. Department of Agriculture describes a food desert as: a neighborhood or town without ready access to fresh, healthy, and affordable food. Instead of supermarkets and grocery stores, these communities may have no food access or are served only by fast food restaurants and convenience stores that offer few healthy, affordable food options.

Outside the Virginia Theatre in Champaign

Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media

News Local/State - April 16, 2015

Ramis Tribute, 3D French Film, Kick Off 17th Ebertfest

Moviegoers were treated to two firsts for the annual festival's opening night - a tribute to the late filmmaker/actor Harold Ramis, and a 3D screening of Jean-Luc Godard's 'Goodbye to Language.'

Common Ground Co-op's current location in Urbana's Lincoln Square.

(Jeff Bossert/WILL)

News Local/State - April 15, 2015

Local Co-op Seeks More Diversity With Champaign Store

Common Ground is adding a second store, expanding to a downtown Champaign location in early 2016.  Its general manager expects to add to the co-op's diverse customer base and add 75 jobs when the Walnut Street location opens.

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