Charlie Wheeler began covering Illinois government five decades ago at the 1970 Constitutional Convention.

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September 13, 2019 - News Local/State

Illinois Issues: Charlie Wheeler On The Past And Future Of Statehouse News

Charlie Wheeler has been covering Illinois government for 50 years. As he retires from leading the Public Affairs Reporting program at the University of Illinois Springfield, he reflects on the decline of the Statehouse press corps, the threat that poses to democracy, and the rays of hope in non-profit news.


University of Illinois at Urbana Main Quad.

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September 13, 2019 - News Local/State

U Of I Urbana Fall Enrollment Breaks Past 50,000

Enrollment at the University of Illinois’ Urbana-Champaign campus has topped fifty thousand for the first time, according to preliminary fall enrollment figures released Thursday.


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September 12, 2019 - News Local/State

Interfaith Vigil In Champaign-Urbana To Provide Space For Grieving, Inspire Action Against Gun Violence

A gathering this weekend in Champaign will bring together people from various faith communities and organizations to grieve for those who have died from gun violence. The Interfaith Vigil of Remembrance begins at 3 pm Sunday at the Randolph Street Community Garden in Champaign. It will be led by local clergy, in coordination with the CU chapter of Moms Demand Action, a group that advocates for stricter gun laws.


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September 12, 2019 - The 21st Show

ENCORE: Illinois Twins Project; Using Artificial Intelligence In The Hiring Process; Predatory Academic Journals

We learned about Illinois' first ever twins database. And, the world of AI is getting more sophisticated all the time. These days, many companies are using AI to help look for job candidates. Plus, there’s a group of companies that make predatory academic journals. Investigative journalist Svea Eckert found them by submitting a paper with random, computer generated words. And they actually got printed.


Democratic presidential hopefuls (from left): Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., former Vice President Joe Biden, and Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., on stage before the July debate.

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September 12, 2019 - News Local/State

Your Guide To The 3rd Democratic Debate

There are now less than five months to go before the first votes are cast in the Democratic presidential nominating contest. So the spotlight is going to be even hotter on the 10 candidates who made the cut for Thursday's debate in Houston.


The Trump administration is moving two Department of Agriculture agencies — the National Institute for Food and Agriculture and the Economic Research Service — out of Washington, D.C.

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September 12, 2019 - News Local/State

Critics Of Relocating USDA Research Agencies Point To Brain Drain

This June the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced its plan to move two of its research agencies out of Washington, D.C., to the Kansas City area. Most of the people working at the agencies have since quit, leaving gaping holes in critical divisions.


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