WUIS' Campus & Community Council identified the subject of food as an important changing and needed area of reporting in 2012. The WUIS Food Initiative provides for community engagement on food issues and reporting on farm, field and fuel. From seed to plate, from farmer's markets to GMOs, central Illinoisans need to know what they are eating. In 2013, WUIS joined a consortium of public media in the Harvest Public Media network. The network provides broader coverage to Midwest food issues and features form WUIS reporter Luke Runyon.
The City of Decatur has ended its voluntary request for water conservation. That request was first made last October as Lake Decatur levels dropped due to the drought.
But city leaders say it has risen two feet from its low point this winter and they anticipate additional rain in the next few weeks will bring the level higher. The lake reached a low point of 610.31 feet above sea level (50% full) on January 10. But it now is above 612 feet (73%). That is within the normal winter range.
The WUIS Education Initiative features engagement events and in-depth reporting from the WUIS Education Desk. The project focuses on local and regional efforts from pre-natal through higher education, to increase educational achievement and attainment and to address problems such as kindergarten readiness, effects of stress and family dysfunction on learning, the challenge of the high school dropout rate, college affordability, and teacher assessment. This will help frame Illinois' future while carrying forward education journalism in the public interest.
Springfield District 186 plans to give parents and students a shorter deadline for immunizations and physicals next school year. They'll have to be completed by the 10th day of school, which means around the end of August. That's much sooner than this year's mid-October deadline. Around 500 students failed to comply and some were out of school for up to 3 weeks.
In middle school I asked myself a lot of questions. Why do I have multiple teachers? Why is my body changing so much? Why do I feel attraction to all these boys? One thing I thought I knew was love; I loved my family so I completely understood what love was and what it took to love someone for life, right? In eighth grade I started “dating” Joe. It was the stereotypical boyfriend/girlfriend, middle school relationship. Our parents drove us to and from our houses watching movies, playing video games, and going to the park to kick a soccer ball around.