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Do you ever daydream of hiking or biking through Europe but have just a weekend to spare? Then plan a trip to New Glarus, Wisconsin, known as “America’s Little Switzerland,” where you can enjoy scenic trails, indulge your taste for Swiss cheeses and chocolate, and stay at a Swiss-style hotel, bed-and-breakfast or even a guest farm.

This Friday night 10/23 Margo Price and the Price Tags will perform at 8 pm at Bar None, 427 5th St., in downtown Springfield.  Joining Margo is Lucky Patterson's Wolf Crick Boys. Tickets and more information can be found at www.bedrock66.com. Tickets can be purchased here.  

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has released parts of his 2014 state and federal tax returns that show he and his wife, Diana, made $58.3 million last year.

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The director of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum has resigned following years of disagreements with the head of the state agency that oversees the museum.

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An agreement announced Friday could pave the way for rail traffic in Springfield to be consolidated along 10th Street.

Illinois’ comptroller says the state doesn't have the cash to pay into the public pension systems next month, the governor suggests selling the aging Thompson Center in Chicago, and the former head of Chicago’s public schools pleads guilty to charges of corruption.  WBEZ's Becky Vevea and Lauren Chooljian joins the panel.
 

Americans have a big appetite for everything meat. We smoke it, grill it, slice it, and chop it. The typical American puts away around 200 pounds of beef, pork, and poultry every year.

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Five years ago, Pete Carney and a friend wrote a little textbook and got it printed up at Kinko’s. Within a few months, it was adopted by the prestigious International Baccalaureate program. It’s now used in more than 200 schools, several colleges and universities, and is up for adoption by the Los Angeles school district and the state of Florida. That’s not bad for a guy with zero credentials in education.


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Illinois' lack of a budget means public pension systems won't get their state contribution next month. That won't stop retirees from getting their checks. However, there could still be an impact.

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Last Sunday, I gave myself that extravagant luxury of a semiannual gift of a nap.  Later that evening I had a conversation with five-year-old granddaughter Jane, who just started kindergarten.  I couldn’t wait to ask her about school.

With stars in her eyes, Jane exclaimed that she didn’t have to take naps anymore!  Her single biggest joy to report was the fact that the school day has now eliminated her midday rest obligation.

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Charles Williams

After the state eliminated a grant that supports psychiatric care, providers worry patients may be cut off from medication and other treatment.

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More Illinois Lottery prizewinners won't be able to reap their rewards immediately. The Lottery says claims will be paid only once a budget is passed.

The Illinois Lottery website has a press release, dated Aug. 13, 2015. It quotes Homer Glen resident Rhonda Rasche, who'd won $50,000 on a Crossword ticket, exclaiming "This is amazing! I can't believe it's happening to me!"

She's still waiting on the cash, and is suing the state to get it.

The Scene With Guest Host Arlin Peebles

Oct 14, 2015
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Gather around, let us sing you a tune. Well, Arlin Peebles will play you one anyway. He's our guest of the week and will be playing a show in Springfield on Friday night. He also helps run the new multimedia venue called 'The Studio.' We have lots to tell you about, so let's get started:

Events discussed this week include:

Top Shelf Productions

The event is Monday night on the UIS campus.

Leslie Munger at Inauguration 2015
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Illinois won't make its next pension payment; Comptroller Leslie Munger Wednesday announced she can't, because the state doesn't have the cash.

Are you a woman age 40 or older? Uninsured? Under-insured?

Mammogram Mondays are taking place this month with free screenings available.  

You must call for an appointment at one of the following locations:

For appointments from 4 – 7 p.m. at: Memorial Medical Imaging Breast Diagnostic Services at the Baylis Building, 747 N. Rutledge, Springfield, call 217-788-4042.

For appointments from 3 – 4:30 p.m. at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital, 200 Stahlhut Dr., Lincoln, call 217-605-5108.

On the WUIS/SJR Business Report,  A look at some of the area business news affecting you including a two weeks shutdown of rail service and the city of Springfield trying to sell the idea of a second lake as a regional water source.

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How do you get a 17-year-old to confess to a crime he didn’t commit? Turns out it’s not that hard.

Gov. Rauner Calls For Selling The Thompson Center In Chicago

Oct 13, 2015
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Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner wants to sell the state's office space in the heart of downtown Chicago. That could mean the demise of the iconic, 1985 structure known as the Thompson Center.

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The Director of Downtown Springfield Incorporated plans to leave the job by the end of the year.

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Springfield area home sales are up slightly compared to last year.

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Shimer College was founded in 1853 and has existed in several different incarnations and locations around Illinois. It's now on the south side of Chicago, in a space it rents from the Illinois Institute of Technology. About 100 students attend, and they take courses that center around what's called the great-books curriculum. Students are expected to come to class ready to discuss, and the teachers are called facilitators, simply there to help move the discussion along. Classes never have more than 12 people.

The 13th annual Lincoln Legacy Lectures, presented by the University of Illinois Springfield, will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, October 15, 2015 in Brookens Auditorium, located on the lower level of Brookens Library at UIS.

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Illinois lawmakers are increasingly trying to make it easier for residents to be involved in politics -- there'll be a hearing Tuesday in Chicago on automatic voter registration. A separate proposal that goes in the opposite direction. But its sponsor says it's for good reason.

Illinois' next election isn't until March, but you can go ahead right now and register to vote in it. More the procrastinating type? A new state law says you can now also register right up until, and on, the day of the election, at any precinct.

Trade Mission: Cuba

Oct 12, 2015
Rich Berning

A steady stream of American elected officials have traveled to Cuba since the two countries restored diplomatic ties over the summer.

China’s rapid industrialization and economic expansion over the past few decades has been a boon for U.S. farmers — especially soybean farmers. But China’s economy is slowing down, leaving American farmers exposed to the downside of being tied to the world’s second largest economy.

Artists Document Farmland's Transition To Wetland

Oct 12, 2015
Rich Egger

The Emiquon Corps of Discovery describes itself as a group of volunteers trained to analyze with the mind of a scientist, see with the eyes of an artist, and speak with the words of a poet. And that's what they've done for 10 years on the 9,000 acre Emiquon Nature Preserve along the Illinois River near Lewistown.

As the budget gridlock continues, downstate Republicans are finding themselves having to balance support for the Governor with constituent concerns.

One of those lawmakers is C-D Davidsmeyer.

Amanda Vinicky

Another lawsuit over a pension law was filed this week in Illinois, this time seeking to strike a law that reduced Chicago Park District pensions. That could be significant for other local governments, and future negotiations.

When it first passed, the park district pension law was seen as a possible model for future ones, in part because it had been drafted in cooperation with SEIU, the union representing park district workers.

Rauner Names Major GOP Contributor, Others To Historic Preservation Board

Oct 9, 2015
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Gov. Bruce Rauner has appointed a long-time businessman and major Republican contributor to chair of the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency Board of Trustees.

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