Rob Meister of Champaign announces his candidacy for county recorder outside his restaurant, Minneci's, in Champaign Tuesday.

(Jeff Bossert/WILL)

July 14, 2015 - News Local/State

Meister Launches Bid For Recorder

Republican and restaurant owner Rob Meister says he's opted to run for Champaign County Recorder of Deeds rather than Illinois Senate, hoping it will inspire more young people to seek office. 


Public Domain

July 14, 2015 - Longer Listen

Memories Of Harper Lee From Former Chicago Tribune Reporter And Friend

Marja Mills met Nelle Harper Lee while on assignment for the Chicago Tribune. She later moved next door to Lee and her sister Alice Finch Lee for several months and has published a memoir about her friendship with the famous author called The Mockingbird Next Door. Mills gives her take on the new book from Lee and shares memories of the famously private author. 


A view of flooding down West Walnut Street in Watseka.

(courtesy of Donna Collins)

July 13, 2015 - News Local/State

Rains In Watseka Force Curfew, Some From Homes And Businesses

Conditions in the Iroquois County city look a bit like they were in January 2008, when about 1,500 residents were forced from their homes.  The Iroquois River was about 6.5 feet above flood stage as of Sunday.


New Horizons was about 3.7 million miles (6 million kilometers) from Pluto and Charon when it snapped this portrait late on July 8, 2015.

NASA-JHUAPL-SWRI

July 13, 2015 - Longer Listen

Pluto Fly-By: Reaching New Horizons

Eighty-five years after Pluto was discovered by an astronomer from Illinois – the New Horizons spacecraft will fly by Pluto and show us what this far-off world looks like. David Leake, the head of Staerkel Planetarium, fills us in on what to expect and the Central Illinois connection to Pluto. 


Eagle Creek Resort at Lake Shelbyville, before its closing in 2009.

Photo: Illinois Issues

July 12, 2015 - News Local/State

Local Task Force Formed To Try To Reopen Eagle Creek Resort

A task force led by Moultrie and Shelby County officials is searching for ways to reopen the state-owned Eagle Creek Resort, where mold and other problems have discouraged private operators.


In this April 30, 2013 file photo, a poster projecting job and economic growth related to "fracking" is used by lawmakers  at the state Capitol in Springfield.

(AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File)

July 12, 2015 - News Local/State

Appeals Court Upholds Illinois Fracking Rules

The 5th District Appellate Court Friday issued a ruling that upheld the state's rules for the oil and gas drilling technique.  The appellate court sided with a Madison County judge, rejecting a challenge from an environmental group.


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