Carter Staley/NPR Illinois

November 20, 2018

How Many Hours A Day Should Kids Be In School? How About Zero?

When the Illinois state legislature passed its new school funding law, it changed more than just the dollar amount each school district receives. It also changed the number of hours of instruction schools have to provide.


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November 19, 2018

Tips for Winter Driving; Holiday Travel Update; Native American Food Systems

On the 21st: It's officially the dreaded holiday travel season. In Illinois, that means it’s cold outside, and it’s busy out on the roads and in airports. Today, we run down some tips for people driving out in the snow and getting your car ready if you’re hitting the road. Plus, we’ll get the latest in travel news with NPR’s David Schaper. But first, farming has always been part of American life. But Native American communities have to do more with a lot less land. They’re also worried about how the government’s food policies will affect them.


Freshly harvested soybeans are transferred from a grain cart to a semi on a farm near Randall, Iowa in October 2018.

Amy Mayer/Harvest Public Media

November 19, 2018

The Uncertain Future Of Soybean Futures

Farmers know every year they’re going to encounter surprises from things out of their control, like drought or pests. This year, great growing conditions led to a bin-busting soybean harvest, but a tit-for-tat exchange of tariffs with China meant that country went from being a major buyer to virtually ignoring U.S. soybeans.


Iowa's A.J. Epenesa (94) celebrates after returning a fumble for a touchdown in the first half of a NCAA college football game against Illinois, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, in Champaign, Ill.

Holly Hart/AP

November 17, 2018

Iowa Hands Illinois Worst Loss In School History

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Nate Stanley passed for 178 yards and three touchdowns while Mekhi Sargent and Toren Young added two rushing touchdowns each as Iowa rolled over Illinois 63-0 on Saturday.


Roughly 200 teachers, as well as children and union supporters rallied outside the Champaign Unit 4 administration building on Monday, Oct. 8, 2018.

Lee V. Gaines/Illinois Public Media

November 16, 2018

Champaign Teachers Union Moves Closer To Strike

The Champaign Federation of Teachers filed a 10-day intent to strike notice Thursday, according to the union’s president, Jennifer White. The earliest teachers could strike would be the Monday after Thanksgiving.


Screenshot from "A Daughter's Journey" Documentary

November 16, 2018

Finding Hope After Losing A Loved One To Suicide

When someone dies from suicide, it’s common for their loved ones to experience shame and isolation. That's according to Dennis Cockrum, a counselor at Parkland College in Champaign who is a survivor of suicide loss himself.


University of Illinois Urbana Champaign

November 15, 2018

Urbana Schools Administrator Charged With Felony Eavesdropping

The Assistant Superintendent of Learning and Instruction for Urbana School District 116, Samuel Byndom, has been charged with felony eavesdropping for allegedly trying to bug a closed door meeting of the Urbana Board of Education, the Champaign County State’s Attorney announced Thursday.


A view of the New East Ash Pond at the retired Vermilion Power Plant near Oakwood, Illinois

Photo by Dewberry & Davis, LLC obtained via Open Records request

November 15, 2018

U.S. District Court Dismisses Lawsuit Against Dynegy For Polluting The Middle Fork

A federal judge in Urbana has dismissed a lawsuit filed in May by the Prairie Rivers Network against Dynegy Midwest Generation. The ruling by the U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois said pollution of surface water through discharges in groundwater isn’t covered by the federal Clean Water Act.


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