Comptroller Susana Mendoza addresses a women's march earlier this year in Springfield.

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October 16, 2018

IL + #MeToo: The Push For More Women In Politics

This month marks a year since the Me Too movement went viral as a hashtag on social media (after having first been started in 2006 by Tarana Burke.) This week, we hear from several women in Illinois whose work in government has been affected. The first woman we spoke to is Susana Mendoza, state Comptroller and member of the Illinois Anti-harassment Equality and Access Panel.


A sign directs people to the Champaign County Clerk's office for early voting.

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October 15, 2018

County Clerk Candidates Outline Priorities For Election Operations

County clerks maintain records on local taxes and Vital Records including marriage licenses and birth and death certificates. But the job of running local elections is what’s getting the most attention in the Champaign County Clerk election. Republican Matt Grandone is promoting his experience, while Democrat Aaron Ammons says he’ll work for voter rights and access.


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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. 


Vermilion County Board Chairman Mike Marron and former St. Rep. Bill Black.

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October 15, 2018

A Conversation With Mike Marron, Republican Candidate For 104th State House District

Republican Mike Marron is running for State House in the 104th District, which includes portions of Champaign County and Vermilion County. Marron has been serving in that seat since September when he was appointed by Republican Party officials to complete Rep. Chad Hays’ term. Marron faces Democrat Cynthia “Cindy” Cunningham, a resident of Royal, in the Nov. 6 midterm election. 


The Beckman Institute

October 15, 2018

U Of I Symposium To Explore Solutions To Climate Change

A climate change symposium at the University of Illinois will honor Theodore "Ted" Brown, the first director of the Beckman Institute when it was founded in 1983. Brown spoke with Illinois Public Media about the challenges of confronting climate change and how society has changed since the 1970s when he wrote his first book on the issue.


Illinois quarterback AJ Bush

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October 14, 2018

Purdue Rolls Over Illini 46-7

Purdue rolled over Illinois 46-7 on Saturday, dampening the Illini homecoming festivities and dimming their postseason hopes.


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