Illinois Edition

On Intermission, returning Fall 2017

July 2017 marks Illinois Edition's fifth year of explaining Illinois.

There will be a brief intermission as Illinois Edition is refreshed for the next five years. We are adding reporters and updating features and welcome your input at feedback@illinoisedition.org. During this intermission, Here & Now will air until a refreshed Illinois Edition returns in the Fall.

The news in Illinois that affects you is delivered daily on Illinois Edition.  Politics, education, the arts and life -- it's Illinois.  Explained.  The newsmakers and people of Illinois that are making waves make the airwaves daily.

Listen to broadcasts on:

  • NPR Illinois | 91.9 UIS, Springfield (central Illinois)
  • NPR Illinois | 89.3 IPA, Pittsfield (west central Illinois)
  • 580 WILL-AM, Urbana (east central Illinois)

Special segments air weekly:

Fridays

  • State Week, where the panel dissects the past week in Illinois politics and updates listeners with insider information from the state capital in Springfield.

Illinois Edition began airing on a daily basis in July 2012.

Rachel Otwell

What's considered to be the first openly gay country album was recorded in the 1970s. It went largely unnoticed until just a few years ago. Having been resurrected and re-released from a label in North Carolina in 2014, the work has earned new fans and accolades. A performance featuring the singer and songwriter of Lavender Country, Patrick Haggerty, happened earlier this year in St. Louis. Haggerty, a 72 year old Washington state native, is touring the U.S. and seeing his ground breaking work gain acknowledgment in an era of increased acceptance.

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This is a statewide debate about a real rural issue  

Downtown Springfield will have an event appealing to those who like public art, food and drinks. The Art Alley Pop-Up is a collaborative effort between the Springfield Art Association & Downtown Springfield Inc.

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Scott Faingold from The Scene (rip) is back to talk about his recent story on developments at the Springfield Artist Association - including an exhibit up until Saturday called Living with Modernism: Mid-Century Decorative Art. We also hear from the two artists kicking off the SAA's new artist residency program.

Kennedy Slams Rauner For Intentional Damage To State

Jun 27, 2017

One of the Democratic Candidates for Governor is accusing Republican Governor Bruce Rauner of purposefully wrecking Illinois.

Speaking recently in Normal, Chris Kennedy said Governor Rauner intentionally used the budget deadlock to target social services.

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On Sunday, House Speaker Michael Madigan issued three demands for budget negotiations, and one of them was for Gov. Bruce Rauner to sign Senate Bill 1 — a massive overhaul to the state’s school funding structure. But he also said he was open to changes in that bill. Education Desk reporter Dusty Rhodes gives us a refresher course on what those changes might be.

 

"Upstate/Downstate"

If you had to place a bet on where student test scores have plummeted over the past decade and a half, where would you put your money? Chicago Public Schools? Galesburg? Urbana? A new study on student achievement in Illinois shows some surprising results.

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Across Illinois - social service providers are having to make cuts. The head of one shelter says without a state budget, its future is bleak.

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One of my favorite musical projects to come out of Champaign-Urbana is Mother Nature. It's a duo between Shasta "Klevah" Knox and Tierney Reed aka T.R.U.T.H. I spoke with them last year about their debut record.

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A new study finds minimum wage fails to pay the rent in Illinois.  

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Illinois lawmakers will be back at the statehouse Wednesday in special session.  The governor ordered them to return to work on a budget agreement.  

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The Illinois Audubon Society began in 1897 in Chicago as a way to combat bird feathers being used in hats.  Today, it’s the oldest independent conservation organization in the state.

The school funding debate continues to revolve around the issue of Chicago Public Schools.
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Earlier this week, a group of Illinois Republicans announced a series of compromise measures they said could lead to a state budget. It includes a revised school funding plan, sponsored by State Senator Jason Barickman, of Bloomington.

Barickman calls his latest plan quote a huge step forward.

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Louder outcry from voters may be what will be the trick to produce movement from the governor and House speaker

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This Saturday in Springfield is a walk that will raise money for the Sojourn Shelter in Springfield, which could be forced to close because of the state's budget impasse. The walk will commemorate the life of Tamy Gomes Vasquez. She was murdered two years ago by her boyfriend.

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Coming up this weekend there will be events around the state celebrating Juneteenth. It's the oldest known celebration marking the abolition of slavery in the U.S. It marks the 19th of June, the day the announcement was made in 1865 in Texas that slaves were to be freed.

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SPRINGFIELD – Memorial’s Be Aware Women’s Fair is accepting nominations for breast cancer survivors whose cancer journeys have been an inspiration to others.

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The state’s medical cannabis pilot program  has three more years before it is set to expire. Despite the looming deadline, dispensaries continue to open across the state, offering treatment alternatives to patients with cancer, PTSD, Lupus—and many other health conditions.

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The Goldenrod Showboat was once a fixture in the St. Louis area.  Starting over a century ago and for decades after, the vessel provided entertainment in the form of vaudeville performances. Red Skelton and others are said to have gotten their start on board.

But now, the Goldenrod sits vacant and deteriorating near the small Illinois town of Kampsville, along the Illinois River. 

The fate of school funding reform in Illinois hinges on downstate sentiment about Chicago Public Schools, and legislators' grasp of a complex, new formula. The governor has already pledged to veto the legislation. And now, the battle has State Sen. Andy Manar accusing Education Secretary Beth Purvis of lying.

The Pharmacy Gallery & Art Space has solidified its place in Springfield's cultural scene.

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The ongoing budget impasse has been particularly difficult for Illinois' institutions of higher education, which have received a mere fraction of their usual state funds. Community colleges depend on the state to supply 30 percent of their overall budget, but that formula has evaporated over the past two years.

 

John Avendano is the president of Kankakee Community College, but he's also president of the Presidents Council — the group made up of all Illinois community college presidents. He spoke with our Education Desk reporter about the special challenges these schools face.

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Brian Mackey / NPR Illinois

Illinois government has been deadlocked on a state budget for 23 months. During that time, the once-perfunctory job of comptroller has gained in power and prominence.

A leading research center focused on local farmers and environmental conservation is hanging on by a thread, even as the movement to diversify agriculture, which it helped launch, continues to thrive.

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In the wake of recent shooting deaths, Springfield Mayor Jim Langfelder has announced plans to get more kids into summer and night-time programming. So far $35,000 has been raised from local businesses to help in the effort.

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For eight weeks this summer, MacMurray College President Mark Tierno will be living in an RV, crisscrossing the United States, “rallying the alumni army,” as he says. 

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Growers who sell at farmers markets are feeling an impact of the meal kit delivery services, like Blue Apron, Sun Basket and others.  If you can’t beat them, join them.

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Brian Mackey / NPR Illinois

The Illinois General Assembly ended its annual legislative session last night without agreeing on a budget.

Top Democrats and Republicans blamed each other.

As Brian Mackey reports, state government's long, slow financial crisis will accelerate.

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Yesterday activists who had been marching from Chicago since May 15th arrived in Springfield. Some of them represented groups like Fair Economy Illinois and The People's Lobby

Rachel Otwell

About 20 years ago two high schoolers in Champaign got an indie label off the ground, propelled by their love for the DIY indie music scene.

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