This week in our look at stories from around the state, two Quad Cities men have published a book about the supernatural in the area. Illinois Public Radio’s Herb Trix spoke with the authors of "Ghosts of the Quad Cities."
As we move closer to Halloween, Illinois Public Radio’s Connie Kuntz has the story of a Rockford woman who is an administrative assistant by day, but by night she becomes a "haunt mistress" at the Screamatorium in southern Wisconsin
This week in our look at stories from around the state, a growing number of Illinois church congregations face a difficult choice. They have to decide between changing location and disbanding altogether. Moving to a new building doesn’t always mean the end of a faith community. In Springfield, Illinois Public Radio’s Sam Dunklau examined a few churches to find out what’s behind the decline.
This week in First Light’s look at stories from around the state, Illinois has a shortage of teachers, and policymakers are trying some very big ideas to address it. That includes raising minimum teacher pay and no longer requiring the Basic Skills Test for licensure. At two central Illinois high schools, the next generation of teachers is already walking the halls. Around 40 students are enrolled in a new dual credit course with Heartland Community College. Normal teacher Margherita DiVita spoke with Illinois Public Raido’s Ryan Denham. She says the class could help address the teacher shortage, but it doesn’t sugar-coating the profession either.
For this week’s look at stories from around the state, a story from central Illinois. Fall and the start of school is heavy recruitment time for a lot of activities for young people, the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts included. Kelly Day is the Chief Operating Officer for Girl Scouts of Central Illinois. There are a lot more youth programs and opportunities than there used to. Still, Day tells Illinois Public Radio’s Charlie Schlenker there is still a relevant role for Girl Scouts
This week in our look at stories from around the state…we have a story from the state capital. Few people have been following Illinois state government as long as Charlie Wheeler. From more than 20 years at the Chicago Sun-Times and nearly 30 more heading the Public Affairs Reporting Program at the University of Illinois Springfield, Charlie has seen the heyday and gradual decline of Statehouse news coverage. Illinois Public Radio’s Brian Mackey talked with Charlie as he prepared to step away from the Public Affairs Reporting Program
This week in our look at stories from around the state, local volunteers are working to restore rundown theatres to their old luster, often with the hope that their community will benefit. From the Varsity in Carbondale to the Coronado in Rockford, and the Grand in downtown Wheaton, Illinois is dotted with majestic old theatres. Some have already been brought back to life, others like The Grand are still a work in progress. For this story, Illinois Public Radio’s Jim Meadows visited some of the state’s grand movie palaces
This week in our look at stories from around the state. Lawmakers approved a plan to bring sports betting to Illinois. Now with the arrival of fall Saturday and Sunday will see wagering on football. Illinois Public Radio’s Chase Cavanaugh looked at the plan to expand gambling in the state and what effect it may have on sports
This week in the First Light look at stories from around the state, we have a story from central Illinois. Every month, a handful of people gather in Bloomington to make music together. As Illinois Public Radio’s Willis Kern reports, the tunes they produce aren’t headed to the top of the charts, but they are improving lives
This week…in our look at stories from around the state, we have a story from the state capital, the current state capital. Historians David MacDonald and Raine Waters took a fresh look at the story of the state’s first capital city in a new book called “Kaskaskia: The Lost Capital of Illinois.” They put together what they say is a comprehensive account of the town including tales of a centuries-old curse. Illinois Public Radio’s Sam Dunklau talked with the authors about a town that went from being a bustling territorial hub to a virtual ghost town.
This week in our look at stories from around the state, let’s take a break from the heat. Russel "Huck" Willis has been riding snowmobiles for 40 years...and he’s been collecting them for nearly that long. Illinois Public Radio’s Charlie Schlenker visited Willis’ antique snowmobile museum in the Tazewell County. Willis says the pursuit of old machines accelerated when he became aware of the Antique Snowmobile Club of America
This week in our look at stories from around the state we have a story from the Illinois Public Radio capital bureau. For decades, the number of men and women in the state’s prisons appeared destined for permanent growth. Then, several years ago, the population began getting smaller. Today, it’s more than 20% below the high-water mark. Illinois Public Radio’s Brian Mackey looks at what’s behind the trend
This week in our look at stories from around the state, let’s head down to far southern Illinois. Midwest agriculture depends on the Mississippi River to cheaply move grain and products, but high water has barges stranded. Illinois Public Radio’s Madelyn Beck reports that may actually be an opportunity for the state’s southernmost city
This week in our look at stories from around the state, Bloomington-Normal is home to one of the largest and most diverse addiction archives in the country. The record covers everything from alcohol to opioids and marijuana. Illinois Public Radio’s Mary Cullen spoke with former CEO of Chestnut Health Systems Russ Hagen about how the history of addiction parallels the present.
This week in our look at stories from around the state…we take a look at a moment in Illinois history. This month marks one hundred years since Illinois became the first state to ratify the 19th Amendment…the vote gave women the right to vote. In Springfield…Tara McClellan McAndrew looked into why Illinois led the way. Illinois Public Radio’s Sean Crawford spoke with Tara about what she found
This week in our look at stories from around the state we have a story from central Illinois. Most schools are out for summer, but let's hear about one last educational experience students had before summer break. It involved doctors and dead bodies. Illinois Public Radio’s Breanna Grow reports on a unique high school curriculum...the cadaver lab in the small town of LeRoy...in McLean County
This week in our look at stories from around the state, we have a story from Lee Gaines. Earlier this year, prison staff at the Danville Correctional Center in east-central Illinois removed about 200 books from a prison program’s library. Illinois Public Radio’s Lee Gaines found a lot of the books are about race and some were children’s books.
This week in our look at stories from around the state, we have a story from Illinois Public Radio’s Guy Stephens. Artists throughout the Rock River Valley recently opened their studios to the public, and you may be surprised by the number of working artists that are creating work in north central Illinois. Guy Stephens visited some of the places where their inspiration becomes reality
This week in our look at stories from around the state…we travel to broadway, via Bloomington. The edgy and irreverent ghoul, Beetlejuice has found new life…on Broadway. Helping the beloved…but nasty character dress for theatrical success is Savannah Wetzel. The central Illinois native…and Illinois State University alum landed a gig in New York City as a production assistant to William Ivey Long. Long is a costume designer for Beetlejuice. Illinois Public Radio’s Laura Kennedy talked with Wetzel about her work on the Tony nominated play
This week in our look at stories from around the state, we have a story about a challenge facing many Illinois school districts. Schools across the state are struggling with a teacher shortage, and a recent survey found it’s getting worse. Illinois Public Radio’s Peter Medlin took a look at what the shortage actually looks like