U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis visits with Tim Nugent at Nugent Hall on the U of I campus Saturday.

(Jeff Bossert/WILL)

September 14, 2015 - News Local/State

Davis, Kirk, Seek Congressional Honors For ‘Father Of Accessibility’

A letter went out to members of Congress Monday detaiing a measure that seeks to award innovator Tim Nugent with the Congressional Gold Medal.  His modifications to the U of I campus, like curb cuts and handicapped-accessible bus routes were among the first in the country.


Students walk past the Alma Mater statue on the University of Illinois Urbana campus in April 2014.

(AP Photo/David Mercer)

September 14, 2015 - News Local/State

Mark Your Calendar For U of I’s 150th

The University of Illinois is preparing to celebrate its 150th anniversary, with 15 months of events, starting in February, 2017.


Illinois running back Henry Enyenihi (23) runs the ball during the fourth quarter against Western Illinois Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015, at Memorial Stadium in Champaign. Illinois won 44-0.

(AP Photo/Bradley Leeb)

September 12, 2015 - News Local/State

Illini Shuts Out WIU Leathernecks, 44-0

Wes Lunt threw for 316 yards in interim coach Bill Cubit's second straight win to open the season. It was the Illini's first shutout since a 44-0 win over Charleston Southern three years ago.


The Punch Brothers (Left to Right: Paul Kowert, Noam Pickelny, Chris Thile, Chris Eldridge, and Gabe Witcher)

Courtecy of The Punch Brothers

September 12, 2015 - Longer Listen

Punch Brothers On Their Sound, Solo Careers And Returning To Champaign-Urbana

The Punch Brothers are an acoustic band with a sound that defies most descriptors. They're playing this weekend as part of the Ellnora Guitar Festival, and two members of the group, Chris Thile and Noam Pikelny, spoke with Illinois Public Media about how they describe their sound, solo projects, taking over for Garrison Keillor (in Thile's case) and, in Pikelny’s case, coming back to play after graduating from the University of Illinois. 


The lethal injection room at San Quentin State Prison, completed in 2010.

Public Domain/California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation

September 12, 2015 - News Local/State

State Senator Says Illinois Should Bring Back The Death Penalty

Alton Democratic state Senator Bill Haine says he plans to file a bill in the coming legislative session that would bring back capital punishment after it was formally abolished in 2011.


Onlookers with umbrellas gather for Champaign's 9-11 memorial ceremony at Westside Park, under a US flag hoisted by a crane.

(Jim Meadows/Illinois Public Media)

September 11, 2015 - News Local/State

For 14th Year, Champaign Remembers 9-11 Attacks

Champaign Police and Firefighters --- plus a few dozen onlookers --- braved the rain at West Side Park, to remember those killed in the September 11th attacks, including first responders at the World Trade Center.


In this March 16, 2011 file photo, steam escapes from Exelon Corp.'s nuclear plant in Byron, Ill. Illinois lawmakers are considering clean-energy legislation backed by Exelon Corp. to keep three unprofitable nuclear plants afloat.

(AP Photo/Robert Ray, File)

September 11, 2015 - News Local/State

Exelon: Auctions Didn’t Help Future Of Clinton Plant

A company spokesman said a 'capacity auction' in Clinton's territory did help reduce financial losses, but is still at risk of closing.  But a group opposed to a legislative solution believes an auction next spring should be enough to help the plant.


A pie chart showing the state of Illinois' power generation capacity in 2013

Graph created by Brian Moline

September 11, 2015 - Longer Listen

Fullerton: Wind Most Cost-Effective Energy Source For Illinois

A recent paper from Don Fullerton with the University of Illinois IGPA argues that increasing wind energy is the best way for Illinois to lower its carbon emissions as required by the EPA by the year 2030.  Fullerton talked about his conclusions with Illinois Public Media's Brian Moline.


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