Yolanda Harrington walks one of her students into Barkstall Elementary in Champaign.

Courtesy of the student's family

September 18, 2018

Illinois Issues: One Possible Answer To Teacher Shortage

Like most states, Illinois is struggling with a severe teacher shortage. And, also like most states, that shortage is felt most profoundly in the area of special education. There is, however, an army of teacher assistants already on the job. Could they help relieve this shortage?


Anna Casey/Illinois Public Media

September 17, 2018

Illinois Sees Additional Funding Cuts For ACA Navigators

The state of Illinois will receive about $380,000 this year to fund navigators who help enroll people and families in health insurance plans on the marketplace established under the Affordable Care Act. That’s compared to the more than $3 million the state received to fund those positions in 2013, the year the program launched, according to an announcement made last week by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). 


(AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

September 17, 2018

2011 Flooding in Cairo; The “Rainbow Wave” of LGBTQ Candidates; Conservation Of Monarch Butterflies

On the 21st: In the 1920s, plans were made to save Cairo, Ill., from flooding. We talk about how, over time, it became politically harder to implement that plan. Also, we speak to naturalist experts about the migration paths of Monarch butterflies and how we can participate in conservation efforts for them. But first, we discuss the "rainbow wave," the uptick of openly LGBT candidates running for office nationwide and in Illinois.


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