Let's say you think you're having a stroke and you call 911 for an ambulance. In a lot of cities across the country there's a good chance that a firetruck — with a full fire crew including a paramedic — will race to your door. But that doesn't mean they can deliver the emergency care you might need. In Chicago, like many cities, the fire department oversees both firefighters and paramedics who work on ambulances. When a medical call comes in, dispatchers usually prefer to send ambulances. But...
A Chicago law firm representing a group of mostly rural school superintendents sued the state of Illinois today. They're asking Gov. Bruce Rauner and the state board of education to come up with a funding formula that would help schools meet the state's learning standards. The 17 superintendents say that — between Illinois' notoriously inequitable funding formula and years of reduced state spending — this lawsuit is their last resort.
The name was chosen on a whim - because no one else would have it. That was over five decades ago. The band's initial success came after winning a contest that got them a record contract.
Bill aims to protect abortion rights on the chance Roe v. Wade is overturned. With Democrats in firm control of the Illinois General Assembly, abortion rights might seem to be safe in the state. But what would happen if the U.S. Supreme Court overturned its landmark Roe v. Wade decision, which made abortion legal across the country in 1973?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bFG-buhIDEA The newest album by Ray Davies finds him in a reflective mood. As a young man, he wrote some of the defining songs of the 1960s and '70s with The Kinks . Now in his 70s, the British musician is looking back with Americana, a new album based on his 2013 memoir of the same name. Taken together, the book and record amount to a self-portrait of a man whose music once flooded American radio. Davies spoke with NPR's Steve Inskeep about his experiences in...