10:21 am
Mon December 16, 2013

Former Gov. George Ryan Attends Mandela Event

former Gov. George Ryan
Credit WBEZ

Former Illinois Gov. George Ryan says Nelson Mandela was instrumental in his 2003 decision to empty death row.  

Ryan addressed attendees gathered Sunday at the Chicago church of U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush, who hosted a "people's tribute'' to the late South African leader.  

Ryan, a Republican, was released from prison earlier this year after serving more than five years on corruption charges. His roughly five-minute speech was one of his first public appearances since his release.  

Ryan and Mandela met in 2000 on a trade mission to South Africa.  

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Christmas Archives
8:00 am
Mon December 16, 2013

Christmas Archives for December 16, 2013

This is the WUIS Christmas Archives... for Monday... December 16th.   I'm Rich Bradley

On December 16th in 1969... the Illinois State Register reports a 6-part Christmas series begins tomorrow... The Christmas Story of Herod the Great... King of Judea... when Jesus was born... presented in its total background of human history.

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Harvest Desk
5:00 am
Mon December 16, 2013

2012 Drought Still Pinching Popcorn Sellers

Del’s Popcorn first opened in Decatur, Ill., in 1934.
Peter Gray/WUIS

U.S. popcorn sellers took a big hit from the 2012 drought, which caused one of the worst popcorn harvests in recent memory. Crops not irrigated were decimated, and low supplies continue to force local candy shops and giant movie theater chains alike to pay high prices for the golden grain, biting into their profit margin.

In 2012, commercial corn fetched record prices, and popcorn was no different. The low harvest is still working its way through the supply chain, from grain bins to wholesalers to retailers. Popcorn sellers are being squeezed with high material costs.

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Christmas Archives
8:00 am
Sun December 15, 2013

Christmas Archives for December 15, 2013

This is the WUIS Christmas Archives... for Sunday... December 15th.   I'm Rich Bradley

In 1973... in the Illinois State Register... posters promoting Memorial Hospital's holiday concert... and featuring the Springfield Municipal Choir... are being hung by 5th grade students from Ball Elementary in Chatham.  A photo shows Ellyn Fox and Laurie Phillips in the hospital cafeteria.

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Christmas Archives
8:00 am
Sat December 14, 2013

Christmas Archives for December 14, 2013

This is the WUIS Christmas Archives... for Saturday... December 14th.   I'm Rich Bradley

And in the Illinois State Register in 1971... take note of the deadline for submitting names of needy for this year's friend-in-deed fund.   In Taylorville... a shopping tour and party for their needy families.

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State Week
6:15 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Listen To State Week - December 13, 2013

This week, among the topics of discussion: corporate tax incentives, interest on state bonds, and more on state pensions.

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4:25 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Patti Blagojevich Attends Husband's Appeal Hearing

The wife of imprisoned former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich has said she hopes her husband will win his freedom and that he could return home to rejoin her and their two school-aged daughters.  
Patti Blagojevich spoke Friday to reporters after attending a Chicago hearing to hear oral arguments in her husband's appeal of his corruption conviction. 

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3:48 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

2 Injured, Suspect Dead In Colorado School Shooting

A student armed with a shotgun killed himself after opening fire at a Colorado high school, wounding two fellow students, police said Friday.

Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson said the armed student entered the school and said he was looking for a specific teacher. Robinson said another student confronted the gunman and then was shot.

The Associated Press quotes a hospital spokesman as saying the wounded student was taken into surgery.

Robinson said police later found another student inside the school whose injuries were considered minor.