Illinois Edition http://wuis.org en "The Civil War" Becomes A Downtown Musical http://wuis.org/post/civil-war-becomes-downtown-musical <p>You may know the story of the war between the states.&nbsp; But what is often overlooked is the emotional drama the period had on those who lived through it.</p><p>The musical "The Civil War" brings that part of the story to the stage in downtown Springfield starting Thursday night.&nbsp;</p><p>"It's not a history lesson, although you learn a lot," Co-director Phil Funkenbusch said. "It's really a concert theatre piece."</p><p>"Instead of telling the story of the Civil War, it's really telling the stories about the people involved in the war."</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:47:00 +0000 Sean Crawford 29555 at http://wuis.org "The Civil War" Becomes A Downtown Musical Court OKs FutureGen Financing Plan http://wuis.org/post/court-oks-futuregen-financing-plan <p>A court says state regulators can force Illinois electricity customers to help pay for the $1.6-billion FutureGen project.</p><p>The 2-1 decision Tuesday by the Illinois Appellate Court OKs a state plan to charge an estimated $1 to $1.40 a month to help pay for the long-delayed project. &nbsp;</p><p>Ken Humphreys is CEO of the FutureGen Alliance. The group of coal companies is working with the U.S. Department of Energy on the project. Humphreys says the court decision will keep the project moving. &nbsp;</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:18:58 +0000 Bill Wheelhouse & Associated Press 29845 at http://wuis.org Court OKs FutureGen Financing Plan Fire Closes State Building Today http://wuis.org/post/fire-closes-state-building-today <p>The Illinois Secretary of State's office has closed its Howlett Building in Springfield for the day because of a small fire.</p><p>Secretary of State spokesman Dave Druker says the fire happened about 1:15 a.m. Tuesday in a mechanical room at the building, which is part of the Illinois State Capitol complex. &nbsp;</p><p>He says firefighters quickly put out the blaze but the air conditioning in the building isn't working and crews need to work on mechanical issues. &nbsp;</p><p>Druker says the agency hopes to reopen the office building on Wednesday. &nbsp;</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:53:05 +0000 Bill Wheelhouse & Associated Press 29760 at http://wuis.org Fire Closes State Building Today Houston Says District 186 Needs To Build Credibility Before Asking For Tax Hike http://wuis.org/post/houston-says-district-186-needs-build-credibility-asking-tax-hike <p></p><p>WUIS is asking the candidates for Springfield mayor to talk about education issues facing the community. Springfield Mayor Mike Houston says he's concerned that most new single family homes in the area are in suburban school districts.&nbsp;&nbsp; He says an increase in funding for District 186 is probably needed, but says the school board needs to build credibility first.</p><p></p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 11:47:20 +0000 Bill Wheelhouse 29688 at http://wuis.org Houston Says District 186 Needs To Build Credibility Before Asking For Tax Hike Illinois Among The Highest Risk For Earthquakes http://wuis.org/post/illinois-among-highest-risk-earthquakes <p>Illinois and Missouri are on the list of states with the highest risk for earthquakes.</p><p>A new federal earthquake map dials up the shaking hazard just a bit for about one-third of the United States and lowers it for one-tenth of the nation. &nbsp;</p><p>The U.S. Geological Survey updated Thursday its national seismic hazard maps for the first time since 2008, taking into account research from the devastating 2011 earthquake and tsunami off the Japanese coast and the surprise 2011 Virginia temblor. &nbsp;</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 12:23:40 +0000 Bill Wheelhouse & Associated Press 29527 at http://wuis.org Illinois Among The Highest Risk For Earthquakes Quinn Signs Law Designed To Add Accountability To Grants http://wuis.org/post/quinn-signs-law-designed-add-accountability-grants <p></p><p>Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has signed legislation overhauling the state's grant oversight and accountability process. &nbsp;</p><p>Quinn's office said Wednesday that he has signed the Grant Accountability and Transparency Act. The governor says it will give Illinois a comprehensive set of uniform rules for grant applications and make those who receive grants more accountable to taxpayers.</p><p>The signing comes on the same day as legislative hearings are to begin on a controversial Quinn program.</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 12:16:50 +0000 Bill Wheelhouse & Associated Press 29383 at http://wuis.org Quinn Signs Law Designed To Add Accountability To Grants Wabash Avenue Work & A Chili Parlor Back In The Family http://wuis.org/post/wabash-avenue-work-chili-parlor-back-family <p></p><p>The WUIS State Journal Register Business Report.&nbsp; This week&nbsp; Wabash Avenue, Jeff Parsons in coourt and a Route 66 landmark to re-open.</p><p></p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 16:16:56 +0000 Bill Wheelhouse 29317 at http://wuis.org Wabash Avenue Work & A Chili Parlor Back In The Family Youth May Hold Key To Grain Safety http://wuis.org/post/youth-may-hold-key-grain-safety <p>A 9-year-old boy <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/sns-rt-us-usa-wisconsin-farming-accident-20140710,0,5357982.story" target="_blank">died in a grain bin</a> last week in southwestern Wisconsin. While every situation is different, agricultural engineers continue to work on new ways to prevent such deaths. Those involved in the training industry say reaching the younger generation will be an important step to prevent entrapments.<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Rescue Tools</strong></p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 00:22:00 +0000 Jenna Dooley 29079 at http://wuis.org Youth May Hold Key To Grain Safety WUIS Archive: Alan Dixon Was Gracious In Defeat http://wuis.org/post/wuis-archive-alan-dixon-was-gracious-defeat <p>Former U.S. Senator Alan Dixon died Sunday in his southern Illinois home.<br /><br />The 86-year-old Belleville Democrat spent more than four decades in public office - 30 years in state government before going on to serve in Congress from 1981 to 1993.<br /><br />But Chicago Democrat Carol Moseley Braun unseated Dixon in 1992.&nbsp; Braun became the first African American woman to serve in the Senate.<br /> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 14:43:00 +0000 Peter Gray 29007 at http://wuis.org WUIS Archive: Alan Dixon Was Gracious In Defeat Series Part 3: Death In Illinois Prisons http://wuis.org/post/series-part-3-death-illinois-prisons <p>Illinois taxpayers pay a private company more than a hundred million dollars a year to give health care to prison inmates.</p><p>Yet no one in Illinois knows how good, or bad, the care is.</p><p>But that will likely change soon.</p><p>As part of our series “Of natural causes: Death in Illinois prisons,” WBEZ’s Robert Wildeboer reports.</p><p>On July 28, 2012 Elawndoe Shannon put in a request for sick call at the prison where he was housed in Lawrence, Illinois.</p><p>Two days later, he died.</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 04:41:00 +0000 Rob Wildeboer 28943 at http://wuis.org Series Part 3: Death In Illinois Prisons Series: Death In Illinois Prisons http://wuis.org/post/series-death-illinois-prisons <p></p><p>Between 80 and a hundred people die each year inside Illinois prisons.</p><p>Chicago public station WBEZ has been seeking information about those deaths, but the Department of Corrections under Governor Pat Quinn is taking a “trust us, nothing to see here” attitude.</p><p>However, persistent and disturbing complaints from inmates and their families make it hard to just move along.</p><p>Robert Wildeboer will bring us some of their stories and the department’s response this week as part of our series “Of natural causes: Death in Illinois prisons.”</p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 15:58:36 +0000 Rob Wildeboer 28898 at http://wuis.org Series: Death In Illinois Prisons Sangamon Auditorium Bringing In New Acts, Old Favorites http://wuis.org/post/sangamon-auditorium-bringing-new-acts-old-favorites <p>The 2014-2015 entertainment lineup at the Sangamon Auditorium is a mix of the old and new.&nbsp;</p><p>From classic rock like the Moody Blues and classic comedy from Bill Cosby to lesser known performers with unique styles and Broadway shows.</p><p>Auditorium Director Bob Vaughn visited with WUIS' Sean Crawford on Illinois Edition to preview the upcoming season.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>You can find a list of all the performers and ticket information <a href="http://www.uis.edu/sangamonauditorium/">here.</a></p><p></p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 13:34:00 +0000 Sean Crawford 28605 at http://wuis.org Sangamon Auditorium Bringing In New Acts, Old Favorites Illinois Hospital Fees To Pay For Error Reports http://wuis.org/post/illinois-hospital-fees-pay-error-reports <p><br />A new annual licensing fee for hospitals that's taking effect in Illinois will finally fund a system for reporting medical errors that was established by state law back in 2005.</p><p><em>&nbsp;Crain's Chicago Business</em> reports the new fee will raise about $1.7 million annually. The fee was part of legislation signed by Gov. Pat Quinn last week. &nbsp;</p><p>The fee of $55 per hospital bed will fund a system for hospitals to report mistakes such as performing surgery on the wrong body part. The idea is to improve patient safety by analyzing how errors occur. &nbsp;</p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 12:17:12 +0000 Associated Press 28887 at http://wuis.org Illinois Hospital Fees To Pay For Error Reports Ameren Gets Eminent Domain WUIS SJR Business Report http://wuis.org/post/ameren-gets-eminent-domain-wuis-sjr-business-report <p>On this week's WUIS-SJR Business Report Tim Landis discusses Ameren's efforts to acquire land for the Illinois Rivers Transmission Line. Also the status of the Taylorville Energy Center land and a Chik Fil A coming back to Springfield.</p><p></p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 16:16:36 +0000 Bill Wheelhouse & Tim Landis 28829 at http://wuis.org Ameren Gets Eminent Domain WUIS SJR Business Report Magazine Spotlights Challenges Facing Young Girls http://wuis.org/post/magazine-spotlights-challenges-facing-young-girls <p>Mighty Strong Girls is a magazine to help navigate girls of all ages through various obstacles they may face in "girl world".<br /><br />Amy Denney, founder and editor, had no idea that her religious faith would lead her to start a magazine for preteen to teenage girls. <a href="http://www.mightystronggirls.com/">Mighty Strong Girls</a> is a quarterly magazine that coordinates with the seasons of the year. The magazine also has a website, where there is a blog to express on almost any topic the girls want to discuss.<br /> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 17:08:00 +0000 Kaitie Devlin 28077 at http://wuis.org Magazine Spotlights Challenges Facing Young Girls Another Coal Mine Discovered Under Springfield http://wuis.org/post/another-coal-mine-discovered-under-springfield <p>There was more coal mining under the city of Springfield than previously thought.</p><p>Some cases of mine subsidence in the south part of Springfield last year led to a discovery that more ground under Springfield had been mined for coal.</p><p>Scott Elrick with the State Geological Survey says they found an area between MacArthur and Fifth and&nbsp; between Ash and Laurel that had been mined in the 1800's.</p><p>Elrick compares the finding to a new discovery when doing family genealogy.</p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 17:00:17 +0000 Bill Wheelhouse 27578 at http://wuis.org Another Coal Mine Discovered Under Springfield Mother Jones Monument In Central Illinois To Be Restored http://wuis.org/post/mother-jones-monument-central-illinois-be-restored <p>An Illinois monument to famed labor crusader Mother Jones in the graveyard where she's buried is getting a makeover, thanks to donors from 17 states.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>The (Alton) Telegraph&nbsp; reports the restoration of the 22-foot granite obelisk was announced Tuesday in the union-owned Mount Olive cemetery where Mary Harris Jones is buried. &nbsp;</p><p>A symbolic check for $61,000 was presented during the ceremony, representing donations ranging in size from $5 to $5,000 from 107 union organizations. &nbsp;</p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 14:13:05 +0000 Bill Wheelhouse & Associated Press 27488 at http://wuis.org Mother Jones Monument In Central Illinois To Be Restored Consumer Group Wants Regulators To Look Into Price Spike http://wuis.org/post/consumer-group-wants-regulators-look-price-spike <p>Consumers who buy their electricity from alternative energy providers have been seeing some price hikes lately.&nbsp; A consumer group is asking state regulators to look into it.</p><p>The Citizens Utility Board says the rate spikes are a recent trend in the four years of open competition in Illinois. CUB Executive Director David Kolata says he thinks the companies are unnecessarily trying to pass their extra costs from the harsh winter onto the customer.</p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 16:32:39 +0000 Bill Wheelhouse 27346 at http://wuis.org Consumer Group Wants Regulators To Look Into Price Spike Macon County Student Finishes 13th In National Spelling Bee http://wuis.org/post/macon-county-student-finishes-13th-national-spelling-bee <p>Today is officially "Yasir Hasnain Day" in the village of Forsyth.&nbsp; It's in honor of the incoming freshman student's 13th place finish in the recent Scripps National Spelling Bee.&nbsp;</p><p>It was Yasir's fourth time in the competition and his highest finish. &nbsp; The soon to be freshman student said he had fun and, despite being in competition with one another, friendships were made.</p><p>"When I made it to the semifinals... when they had commercial breaks, we would talk about random stuff like the (NBA) Heat and the Pacers games," he said.</p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 12:43:00 +0000 Sean Crawford 27056 at http://wuis.org Macon County Student Finishes 13th In National Spelling Bee Decatur Zoo Gets Grant To Build Bird Exhibit http://wuis.org/post/decatur-zoo-gets-grant-build-bird-exhibit <p></p><p>The Scovill Zoo in Decatur is getting nearly a half-million dollars in state grants to build a walk-through bird exhibit.&nbsp;&nbsp; The money is part of a state grant program that will give out $20 million dollars in capital funds for facility improvements and added exhibits at museums operated by local governments and cities.</p><p>Scovill is also getting the funding for a crowned-crane exhibit, pavilion, ADA walkway and a generator.</p><p>Major attractions receiving money include the Shedd Aquarium, the Field Museum of Natural History and the Adler Planetarium.</p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 11:54:06 +0000 Bill Wheelhouse & Associated Press 27330 at http://wuis.org Decatur Zoo Gets Grant To Build Bird Exhibit Pike County Gets A New Prosecutor http://wuis.org/post/pike-county-gets-new-prosecutor <p></p><p>Pike County has a new state's attorney to replace the former top prosecutor who accused the county sheriff of misconduct. &nbsp;</p><p>The Quincy Herald-Whig reports&nbsp; that the Pike County Board held a special meeting Thursday night to accept former Pike County State's Attorney Carrie Boyd's resignation. Board members also named Matt Goetten as her replacement to serve through Nov. 30. That's when voters will elect someone to serve the remaining two years of Boyd's term. &nbsp;</p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 12:44:33 +0000 Bill Wheelhouse & Associated Press 27163 at http://wuis.org Pike County Gets A New Prosecutor Stephen Bardo Tells All In "Flyin' Illini" http://wuis.org/post/stephen-bardo-tells-all-flyin-illini <p>It's hard to believe 25 years has passed since the University of Illinois men's basketball Final Four team was on the court.&nbsp; The team known as the Flyin' Illini.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>That's also the name of a book by the former point guard of the team Stephen Bardo, who works now as a Big Ten Network analyst.&nbsp; And it has ruffled feathers, with criticisms of some players and coaches.</p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 17:12:00 +0000 Sean Crawford 27088 at http://wuis.org Stephen Bardo Tells All In "Flyin' Illini" Illinois Lawmaker Convicted Of Bribery http://wuis.org/post/illinois-lawmaker-convicted-bribery <p>A federal jury in Chicago has convicted Illinois state Rep. Derrick Smith of bribery for taking $7,000 from a purported day care operator.</p><p>Jurors returned with their verdict Tuesday after deliberating about four hours over two days. &nbsp;</p><p>At trial, prosecutors played secret recordings of the 50-year-old Chicago Democrat allegedly accepting 70 $100 bills in exchange for a letter supporting a state grant. But it was all part of an FBI sting. &nbsp;</p><p>The recordings of Smith were made by a campaign worker-turned-informant. &nbsp;</p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 17:47:02 +0000 Bill Wheelhouse & Associated Press 26942 at http://wuis.org Illinois Lawmaker Convicted Of Bribery Kincaid Mounds Still Holding Secrets http://wuis.org/post/kincaid-mounds-still-holding-secrets <p>Archaeological work at site that straddles Massac and Pope counties in deep southern Illinois has been a decades-long project. albeit on an intermittent basis. &nbsp; Kincaid Mounds is the location where Native Americans that were part of the&nbsp; Mississippian culture lived and worked starting around 1000 years ago.&nbsp;</p><p>Dr. Brian Butler, Past Director of the Center for Archaeological Investigations and Emeritus Adjunct Professor of Anthropology at Southern Illinois University Carbondale will discuss some of the more recent discoveries this week.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 18:55:00 +0000 Sean Crawford 26743 at http://wuis.org Kincaid Mounds Still Holding Secrets Farmers Hope For River System Improvements http://wuis.org/post/farmers-hope-river-system-improvements <p></p><p>Farmers and ag groups in the Midwest say the U.S. river system needs an upgrade, and they’re hopeful it will come with proposed improvements in legislation recently passed by Congress. &nbsp;</p><p>The nation’s rivers are essential for moving agricultural products to market.</p><p>“It’s our third coast, if you will,” said Jim Tarmann, field services director with the Illinois Corn Growers Association. “Over 60 percent of our grain exports move via the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers. That’s how things get to our world markets.”</p> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 11:04:00 +0000 Rich Egger 26434 at http://wuis.org Farmers Hope For River System Improvements Three Locals Among Those Charged With Medicaid Fraud http://wuis.org/post/three-locals-among-those-charged-medicaid-fraud <p></p><p>Three area residents are among more than two dozen Illinois residents who have been charged with health care fraud stemming from federal investigations.</p><p>Federal prosecutors Thursday announced charges against 29 people who allegedly abused a health care program funded by Medicaid.&nbsp;</p><p>The program pays for personal assistants to help Medicaid recipients stay in their homes.&nbsp;&nbsp; The Feds says the defendants allegedly submitted false claims for hours worked when they had other full time jobs, were in jail or the client was hospitalized.</p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 11:56:02 +0000 Bill Wheelhouse 26716 at http://wuis.org Three Locals Among Those Charged With Medicaid Fraud Canada Jonesing For Piece Of American (Hemp) Pie http://wuis.org/post/canada-jonesing-piece-american-hemp-pie <p></p><p></p><p>The U.S. market for foods and beauty products that contain <a href="http://www.agmrc.org/commodities__products/fiber/industrial-hemp-profile/">hemp is growing</a>, but American manufacturers that use hemp have their hands tied. The crop is still illegal to cultivate, according to federal laws, which means the current American hemp industry, <a href="http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/RL32725.pdf">estimated at $500 million per year</a>, runs on foreign hemp.</p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 11:38:00 +0000 Luke Runyon 26035 at http://wuis.org Canada Jonesing For Piece Of American (Hemp) Pie Juvenile Sex Trafficking Happening Here http://wuis.org/post/juvenile-sex-trafficking-happening-here <p>When you hear about sex trafficking, often times what comes to mind is international smuggling of women. That may be happening, but there is also a problem of local teenagers getting used in sex trafficking within Illinois.</p><p>"Our Children Are Not For Sale" is the name of an awareness campaign to make people aware of what could be happening to homeless and runaway youth.&nbsp;&nbsp; Bill Wheelhouse spoke with Stacy Sloan, Human Trafficking program manager at the Department of Children and Family Services.&nbsp; She sheds some light on the issue.</p> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Bill Wheelhouse 26480 at http://wuis.org Juvenile Sex Trafficking Happening Here Ringing In The 53rd International Carillon Festival This Week http://wuis.org/post/ringing-53rd-international-carillon-festival-week <p>Springfield will play host to a world class music event starting Wednesday.&nbsp;&nbsp; The <a href="http://carillon-rees.org/Events/Carillon-Festival">International Carillon Festival</a> brings some of the best on the instrument to Washington Park. &nbsp;</p><p>Springfield Park District Carillonneur Robin Austin will be among the performers, along with Christian McWhirter, who researched music to be performed Wednesday night, a program titled "Lincoln and the Music He Loved."</p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 15:34:00 +0000 Sean Crawford 26307 at http://wuis.org Ringing In The 53rd International Carillon Festival This Week 42nd Street At The Little Theatre On The Square http://wuis.org/post/42nd-street-little-theatre-square <p>Sullivan, Illinois is quite a distance from Broadway.&nbsp; But this small east central Illinois community is the unlikely home of the only professional theatre between Chicago and St. Louis.&nbsp;&nbsp; The Little Theatre On The Square has been home to quality productions for nearly 60 years. &nbsp;<br /><br />Starting this week, another great show is on the schedule and it features Springfield's own Gus Gordon.&nbsp; He'll play Julian Marsh in 42nd Street.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 03:48:00 +0000 Sean Crawford 26277 at http://wuis.org 42nd Street At The Little Theatre On The Square