Ford Edsel Devotees Bring Unique Cars To Springfield

Herb Wiese with his '58 Edsel Pacer Convertible

Herb Wiese with his ’58 Edsel Pacer Convertible

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:

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My Farm Roots: Jackie Dougan Jackson

Jackie Dogan Jackson (Photo: Bill Wheelhouse/Harvest Public Media)

Jackie Dougan Jackson (Photo: Bill Wheelhouse/Harvest Public Media)

Jackie Dougan Jackson grew up like many farm kids. She spent sunbaked summer hours detasseling corn, tending the crops so it can be pollinated. For farm kids, detasseling is one of the ultimate chores. For the 85-year-old Jackson, those memories still put a song in her heart.

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Pension Committee Will Hold First Meeting Next Week

The bipartisan committee of lawmakers tasked with fixing Illinois’ $97 billion pension crisis will hold its first meeting next week.
The committee has scheduled a public hearing for Thursday morning downtown Chicago.
Gov. Pat Quinn called lawmakers back to Springfield for a special legislative session to address the pension shortfall.
But the House and Senate remained in a stalemate on how fix the problem. Lawmakers voted Wednesday to form the conference committee in hopes its 10 members will be able to come up with a compromise.  Continue reading

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Senate Dems Press Quinn For Concealed-Carry Stance

A group of Illinois senators is urging Gov. Pat Quinn to reveal his stance on the carrying of concealed guns to avert a “public safety and constitutional crisis.”

A letter signed by 23 Democrats – including Senate President John Cullerton – went to Quinn Thursday and was obtained by The Associated Press. Continue reading

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U.S. House Rejects Farm Bill

capitolWASHINGTON (AP) — The House has rejected a five year, half-trillion-dollar farm bill that would have cut $2 billion annually from food stamps and let states impose broad new work requirements on those who receive them.

Those cuts weren’t deep enough for many Republicans who objected to the cost of the nearly $80 billion-a-year program, which has doubled in the past five years. The vote was 234-195 against the bill, with 62 Republicans voting against it. Continue reading

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Sangamon Co. Regional Supt. Jeff Vose Interview

Sangamon County Regional School Superintendent Jeff Vose (Photo:

Sangamon County Regional School Superintendent Jeff Vose (Photo:

Regional Offices of Education have often been an overlooked area of government.  But the elected positions have unwillingly been in the spotlight over the last couple of years when Governor Pat Quinn tried to eliminate them.  A compromise with the legislature resulted in a consolidation of the offices that is underway now.  44 offices are required to drop down to 35.   In Sangamon County, an agreement was reached this month to merge with Menard County starting in 2015.

The offices are responsible for certifying teachers and bus drivers, building inspections,  providing G-E-D and alternative education services and more.

WUIS’ Sean Crawford spoke with Sangamon County’s Regional Superintendent Jeff Vose about the changes…

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The Muni’s Les Miserables Showcases Local Talent

LM_logo-webSpringfield’s Muni out-door theater is putting on its largest production yet. With a cast of just about fifty actors, plus chorus singers, Les Miserables cost 50 percent more than the average Muni show. When Les Mis recently became available to amateur theaters, The Muni was quick to buy the rights. The show is in its second week… performances start at 8:30. They are tonight through Sunday, and again next week – Thursday through Saturday. Rachel Otwell recently spoke with cast members Sydney Assalley & Jerry Hicks and the vocal director, Damien Kaplan.

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CLICK HERE to find out more about The Muni’s procuction of Les Miserables.

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