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December 19, 2018

Holiday Travel; Cookbook Gifts; Procrastibaking

On the 21st: Friday will be the busiest travel day of the year at Chicago’s airports. And if you’re traveling through O’Hare - you may wind up running through a lot of people to make your connecting flight. And, are you still behind on holiday gifts? Everyone likes food, right? We’ve assembled some chefs and other foodies to provide some recommendations for everything from cookbooks to baking recipes.

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December 18, 2018

Native American Hall Renovation; #MeToo Taxpayer Tab; Black Lung Disease; State Farm Credit Reports

On the 21st: The Field Museum's Native North American Hall hasn’t changed much since the 1950s. Now that it’s being remodeled, Native American communities are finally getting a chance to shape it.Plus, a joint investigation between three Chicago newsrooms found that the city spent more than $55 million on sexual harassment and assault cases. And, we unpack an NPR and Frontline investigation which found that over 200,000 coal miners are now suffering from Black Lung disease. But first, State Farm Bank is being sanctioned by the federal government for the way it handled credit reports, but consumer advocates that’s not far enough. 

lonely winter

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December 18, 2018

Experts Offer Tips For Coping With Holiday Stress

Stress is a normal part of life. And there’s even such thing as a “good” level of stress that keeps us going, according to psychology researchers Sanda and Florin Dolcos at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. But severe stress can interfere with day-to-day living, and this can be particularly challenging during the holiday season, they say.

The now vacant Walmart lot in Pana, Illinois. December 2018.

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December 18, 2018

Illinois Issues: When Walmart Leaves Town

Two small towns in rural Illinois recently lost their Walmart stores -- more than three decades after the retail giant came in and pushed out mom and pop shops. Now, the communities have lost convenience as well as major property and sales tax revenue. Some see it as an opportunity to revitalize main street, while others are not so optimistic.

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December 17, 2018

Illinois State Climatologist Jim Angel; U of I Professor Fired For Fake Grant; Books Of The Year

On the 21st: Jim Angel has been watching our state’s weather and climate for more than twenty years as Illinois’ State Climatologist. During that time, the climate has changed - and it’s going to change at an even greater rate going forward. He is retiring after serving in his role for 21 years - and he joins us one more time to talk Illinois weather and take a look back at his career. Also, a University of Illinois has fired a tenured professor for just the second time since the 1960s. The reason? He had faked research data on a federal grant. Plus, there are so many kinds of holiday gifts, but there’s no substitute for a good book. We’ll bring in some Illinois librarians with their suggestions for every kind of reader.

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