Mary Hansen / NPR Illinois

August 16, 2019 - News Local/State

State Fair’s Ethnic Village Getting Rebrand

Just inside the main gate of the Illinois State Fair sits a cluster of white booths around a gazebo. At the entrances, signs read “Ethnic Village.” For nearly 40 years, fair-goers have found food from around the world as well as music and other performances. But this is the last year it will have that name.


Courtesy of the Education Justice Project

August 15, 2019 - News Local/State

The Reason Why Hundreds Of Books Were Removed From An Illinois Prison Library

Earlier this year, hundreds of books were removed from the college in prison program’s library inside the educational wing of the Danville prison. Documents obtained by Illinois Newsroom shine a light on why the books were removed, and who was responsible for their removal.


Soil Carbon Cowboys

August 15, 2019 - The 21st Show

ENCORE: ‘Soil Carbon Cowboys’ Documentary; Seafood From The Midwest; Forgotten Desserts

Cattle are a big source of greenhouse gas emissions. But if you graze them differently, it’s possible that all these cows could actually help the environment. Plus, when you think about Midwest food, there’s cheese, corn, soy... but what about shrimp? Scientists and farmers have been exploring raising saltwater fish in states like Illinois. And, recipes can be a way to remember our family, our friends and even our roots. We talk to food writer Niki Davis about sweets that may not be trendy, but taste like classics.


national center for rural school mental health

Sebastian Martinez Valdivia/Side Effects Public Media

August 15, 2019 - News Local/State

New National Center Promotes Mental Health In Rural Schools

Children’s mental health is a big concern as the risk of suicide and opioid addiction rates rise among teens. But in rural areas, where mental health providers are scarce, spotting potential  problems can often fall to teachers. Now, a new national research center is looking to help rural schools.


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