John's seal on the cover of Magna Carta: The Birth Of Liberty

Viking Press

October 27, 2015 - Longer Listen

So You Think You Know The Magna Carta…?

This year, the Magna Carta will turn 800 years old. The document, literally “Great Charter” when translated from Latin, is revered as the founding document of western democracy. Its language is found in many later key political documents including the US constitution and the Bill of Rights. But when Dan Jones dug into its history he found a very different story than we assume. Illinois Public Media's Amanda Honigfort talked with Jones about what he found. 


Water tower on the Eastern Illinois University campus

Hannah Meisel/ Illinois Public Media

October 27, 2015 - News Local/State

Moody’s Downgrades Rating For 6 Illinois Universities, Including EIU

The downgrades from Moody's Investors Services did not downgrade the University of Illinois or Illinois State University, but like the other schools, they were given "negative" outlooks.  Illinois is about to enter its fifth month with no state budget.


Ray LaHood being sworn in as Transportation Secretary January 23, 2009

(AP Photo/Transportation Department)

October 26, 2015 - Longer Listen

LaHood: Bipartisanship Needed To Solve Big Problems

Former Republican Congressman and Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood is pushing for more bipartisanship in Washington, D.C.  He spoke with Illinois Public Media's Brian Moline about the need for bipartisanship and other national topics.


A Cubs fan leaves Wrigley Field after Game 4 of the National League baseball championship series against the New York Mets 8-3 Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015, in Chicago.

David Goldman/AP

October 25, 2015 - News Local/State

A Cub Fan’s Post-Mortem

Days after the Chicago Cubs' quick exit from the National League Championship Series at the hands of the New York Mets, Brett Taylor of the Cubs website Bleacher Nation puts the Cubs' 2015 season in perspective with fellow Cub fan Jeff Bossert.


Members of the public attending a Champaign County Board meeting to talk about a proposed Racial Justice Task Force.

Video Screenshot/Champaign County Clerk

October 23, 2015 - News Local/State

Formation Of Racial Justice Task Force Up To County Board Chair

Champaign County Board Chair Pattsi Petrie says she hopes to find 21 people to serve on a new Racial Justice Task Force, to study racial disparities in the county's jail population and justice system.


Entrance to the University of Illinois' Urbana campus

Wikimedia Commons

October 23, 2015 - News Local/State

University Presidents Meet Privately With Gov. Rauner

Presidents of Illinois' nine public universities say going four months without money is putting their institutions "at the brink of serious operational damage."  On Thursday, some of them pleaded their case in private meetings with Governor Bruce Rauner.


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