Midwest waterways are getting lots of attention this summer. Scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey and the Environmental Protection Agency have immersed themselves in the ecology of 100 streams from Ohio to Nebraska. It’s a first-of-its kind effort to understand how ag runoff is not just changing the water but affecting the critters that live there. Harvest Public Media’s Abbie Fentress Swanson joined a crew on a rainy day while they gathered water samples and searched for fish eggs on three streams in central Missouri.
An Illinois House and Senate conference committee will meet tomorrow in Chicago as members try to work out a compromise on the state’s pension problem.
Ten lawmakers, six of them Democrats, make up the panel. It was formed after a pension deal eluded the General Assembly in the spring. Republican Jil Tracy of Mount Sterling is among those given the task of coming up with a solution.
The Governor has asked for the committee to wrap it up by June 9th. Tracy says while that seems like a quick deadline, it’s possible. She says the issue has been discussed plenty.
Tracy, like the majority on the committee, supported a plan that would unilaterally cut benefits to teachers, state employees and university workers. But she says that was the only plan that came before the House. She says she is open to alternatives. Continue reading
Amanda Vinicky talks with Tim Landis, Business Editor for the State Journal Register. We’ll talk about Illinois’ growing, and spreading, wine industry. And what to do about high-accident intersections. That and more in this week’s Business Report.
You can read Landis’ stories daily in the SJR.
Retired Illinois Supreme Court Justice John Nickels, who worked to increase the legal access of low-income people, has died after a long illness at age 82.
Illinois Supreme Court spokesman Joe Tybor says Nickels died Monday at his home
in Maple Park.
Nickels served six years on the state high court during the 1990s, participating in 820 cases. He authored 95 majority opinions, including a decision that struck down a gang loitering ordinance in Chicago. The U.S. Supreme Court later upheld Nickels’ decision. Continue reading
Springfield residents living near South MacArthur Boulevard could have a new grocery store in the neighborhood by this time next year.
Iowa-based chain Hy-Vee held a groundbreaking ceremony Monday morning in the parking lot of the old Kmart store and bowling alley just north of Outer Park Drive.
Hy-Vee Asst. VP of Operations Mary Fuhrman says her crews will start tearing down the vacant buildings immediately. Fuhrman expects the store to open by late spring 2014. Continue reading
The common refrain to bullied teens is that “it gets better.” A new study finds in most cases, it does decline as teens progress through high school and into adult life. But for some, especially boys identified as gay or bisexual, they continue to face significantly higher rates of bullying after high school.
That was among the findings in research by Joseph Robinson, Associate Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Illinois and Dorothy Espelage, the Child Development Chair in the Department of Educational Psychology.
Robinson spoke with WUIS’ Sean Crawford about the work:
You can find more details here.
The Ford Edsel is widely known for being one of the greatest marketing flops in history. It had a brief run from 1958 to 1960. But not everyone gave up on the Edsel, as Rachel Otwell explains:
Photos by Rachel Otwell