Illinois Edition

Weekdays at noon, replays M-Th weeknights at 7.

Illinois Edition is WUIS’ local news magazine covering the arts and issues of central Illinois.  Illinois Edition airs weekdays during the noon hour (and is replayed at 7 p.m. M-Th).  On Fridays, State Week airs from 12:30-1 P.M.

WUIS News Director Sean Crawford hosts the program.  

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The Scene
4:22 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

The Scene: Supersuckers & A Scary Movie

The Supersuckers
Credit supersuckers.com/photos

Tune in to this edition of The Scene, where I'm joined by fellow arts & culture reporter - Scott Faingold of the Illinois Times:

  Events discussed this week include:

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The Scene
12:53 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

Goodbye Donnie's - Hello "Homespun Republic"

The view inside Homespun Republic
Credit www.homespunrepublic.com/

The pizza restaurant formally known as Donnie's Homespun has made a switch to being primarily a venue over at the Vinegar Hill Mall in Springfield. (CLICK HERE for more info about upcoming events.) Mike Tasch, the Vice President of Homespun Republic, joined us to explain:

 

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The Scene
2:06 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

What Will Become Of Springfield's Holy Land?

Jamal & Afaf Rashmawy, owners of Holy Land Diner
Rachel Otwell/WUIS

In the land of the horseshoe sandwich (a local "delicacy" consisting of bread, meat, fries & cheese sauce) finding fresh Middle Eastern food can be a definite challenge. For the past two decades, Holy Land Diner has been a staple for many residents who like to eat a variety of ethnic offerings. And the couple who run Holy Land have become fixtures in Springfield's culinary community. But now, they are looking to retire and pass along the legacy. Listen to the report: 

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The Scene
4:56 pm
Mon March 23, 2015

Black Sheep Founder Hands Over Reins To DIY Music Venue

Kevin Bradford, founder of Black Sheep Cafe

Kevin Bradford could justifiably be called the godfather of Springfield's underground punk music scene. He's only 32, but he's managed to help create and feed a culture of do-it-yourself musicians and their fans in a way that is truly incomparable in the city. Bradford recently announced he'll be stepping down as the owner/operator of Black Sheep Cafe (1320 S 11th St.) The good news is, he's not going far.

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Code Switch
11:51 am
Mon March 23, 2015

Expert Hones In On Illinois Sex Trafficking

Jody Raphael

Sex traffic in the US isn't exclusive to people forced to come here against their will. Illinois residents and natives have also become part of the black-market industry. So says Jody Raphael, a DePaul University law professor and researcher. She'll speak Tuesday night at 7pm at UIS (info HERE). She recently spoke with us about her work:

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Regional
2:47 am
Mon March 23, 2015

Local Speaker Series Connects Central Illinois To The World

Credit Wikimedia Commons/Aivazovsky

If you want to learn about something, you need to listen to people that know about it.  And if what's going on in the world piques your interest, a good place to start is the World Affairs Council of Central Illinois.   

Weekly sessions on various topics get underway Tuesday, March 24 as part of the Great Decisions series. 

Frank Kopecky is on the board member and a retired UIS faculty member. He spoke with WUIS' Sean Crawford:

The weekly series takes place at the Laurel Methodist Church at Walnut and South Grand in Springfield.  Here is the full list:

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The Scene
2:06 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

Screaming Females Will Rock In Springfield

Credit blacksheepspringfield.bigcartel.com

Ten years ago, three friends got together in New Jersey and formed an outfit called the Screaming Females. They were brought up in the gritty DIY scene, producing their own albums, doing their own promotion, and playing in houses and basements. These days, they still play in houses and basements, but they travel across the country doing it (and they also play in some more mainstream venues too.)

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Illinois Edition
12:45 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

Covering 'Bloody Sunday' Anniversary In Selma

Brian Mackey speaks with Illinois Issues reporter Rhonda Gillespie about her trip to Selma, Alabama, for the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday.

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Arts and Culture
11:28 am
Thu March 19, 2015

"Mostly Mozart" Includes A World Premiere Friday Night

Alistair Willis
Credit AlistairWillis.com/Tabitha Blair Photography

The Illinois Symphony Chamber Orchestra will give you a bit of Mozart and more during performances at the First Presbyterian Church in Springfield Friday night.  The shows begin at 6 and 8 p.m. and feature the Overture to Don Giovanni and Symphony No. 35 "Haffner". 

Music Director Alistair Willis talks about the challenges of conducting classic compositions like those and new works. 

The Chamber Orchestra will perform a world premiere piece by the acclaimed Uzbekistani composer Dimitri Yanov-Yanovsky, who has collaborated with Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble. 

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Regional
12:59 pm
Wed March 18, 2015

Midwest Travel: 4 Times The Fun In The Quad Cities

The History Channel's popular "American Pickers" show has its home base in LeClaire, Iowa, just outside of the Quad Cities. At a shop labeled Antique Archaeology, travelers can view some of the treasure hunters' finds and pick up souvenirs.
Credit Brent Bohlen

In our most recent Midwest Travel segment, Mary Bohlen visited the Quad Cities and tells us about some of the interesting and fun sites to see. 

You can read her latest article in the Illinois Times.

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Politics
3:40 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

Interview With Mayoral Candidate Jim Langfelder

Jim Langfelder

Springfield candidate for mayor Jim Langfelder, the current City Treasurer, visited the WUIS studios for a conversation about the issues.  Langfelder talked about his vision for Springfield, including CWLP.

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Politics
3:03 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

Springfield Mayoral Debate - March 12, 2015

Credit IAR

Candidates Paul Palazzolo and Jim Langfelder debated the issues on the evening of March 12. 

The debate was sponsored by the Illinois Association of Realtors, the Capitol Area Realtors and the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce.

WUIS' Amanda Vinicky and the SJ-R's Bernie Schoenburg were moderators.

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Politics
11:45 am
Wed March 11, 2015

Interview With Mayoral Candidate Paul Palazzolo

Paul Palazzolo

Springfield mayoral hopeful Paul Palazzolo says a full time neighborhood coordinator will help current residents and make the city more attractive to those wanting to re-locate.  

Speaking on WUIS' Illinois Edition, Palazzolo says it will be based an approach taken in Peoria.  The coordinator would listen to concerns about issues from snow removal to fly dumping and then work with the various city departments to resolve the problem.  

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Health Desk
12:46 pm
Mon March 9, 2015

Update On Ebola From A Local Infectious Disease Specialist

Credit cdc.gov

Ebola is still a concern to the health community - even though you're likely hearing less about it in the media. It is still possible the disease could spread to other countries. Dr. Janak Koirala  heads the division of infectious diseases at SIU School of Medicine. He will give a talk about the disease at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday at UIS. (Info here.) He recently gave us an update about Ebola:

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The Scene
4:28 pm
Thu March 5, 2015

Art Beat: Three Art Shows & Rock N' Roll

artwork by Arjan Zazueta
Credit courtesy of the DEMO Project

Listen to this week's Art Beat with Scott Faingold of the Illinois Times:

Events discussed on this edition include:

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Lincoln
9:12 am
Wed March 4, 2015

Combat Vets Recreate Lincoln's Hearse

Eric Hollenbeck, founder of the Blue Ox Mill
Credit https://www.indiegogo.com/individuals/9619643

Combat veterans in California have been working on the hearse that will be used in Abraham Lincoln's funeral re-creation later this spring. It will be at the center of events in Springfield commemorating the 150th anniversary of Lincoln's funeral processional and burial. Work on the hearse provided a number of challenges. And in a way, it served as therapy for those working to make sense out of civilian life back home.

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The Scene
11:54 am
Tue March 3, 2015

Are All Those Cat Videos Making Us Stupid?

A cat on a newspaper
Credit Flickr.com/hellie55

In this day and age when people put a lot of effort into making their videos or news stories viral,  there's one sure-fire way to garner some extra attention - put a cat in it. Instagram is full of pictures of cats, and your Facebook news feed likely sees a cat video from time to time. Grumpy Cat is a household name, and face. But what implication does this have with the quality of news we receive? Is it a sign that we as a society are dumbing down? Or is there more to it?

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Statehouse
11:12 am
Tue March 3, 2015

Butler Sworn In As 87th District Representative

Tim Butler is sworn in Tuesday in the Illinois House chambers.
Credit Illinois House Republicans

Republican Tim Butler is being sworn in today as the new state representative in the 87th district.  That includes portions of Sangamon, Logan, Menard and Tazewell counties.  

Butler, who lives in Springfield, says he understands it will be a contentious session regarding the state's budget.  He admits he's still learning the issues.  But he says he'll listen to all sides.

"I have friends on both sides of the aisle.  I have conservative friends and liberal friends. I have friends in the governor's office.  I am going to have an open door and an open mind," he said.

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Business
10:31 am
Fri February 27, 2015

Kentucky Provides Model For Rauner's "Empowerment Zones"

A teamsters truck is parked outside the Warren County, KY courthouse on the day the fiscal court gave final approval to a local right-to-work law
Credit Lisa Autry / WKU Public Radio

Just over a month since taking office, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner has already laid out a clear agenda. He’s detailed significant spending cuts, proposed a pension overhaul and targeted the power of unions. That includes a proposal to allow some parts of the state to become what he calls 'right-to-work' zones.  Neighboring Kentucky recently began a similar experiment, and could offer some clues as to what to expect in Illinois.

The governor first outlined his plan for what he called worker empowerment zones in late January, during a visit to Decatur.

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The Scene
3:02 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Art Beat: Paintings, A Doc & Psychedelic Rock

work from the exhibit opening at the UIS Visual Arts Gallery, Lyle Salmi: Sublime Light
Credit http://www.uis.edu/visualarts/gallery/current-exhibition/

Tune into this week's Art Beat with Scott Faingold of the Illinois Times:

Events discussed this week include:

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The Scene
2:46 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Bedrock 66 Live! Features Celtic And Psychedelic Rock

The Tossers
Credit http://www.thetossers.com/

Kicking off the 2015 Bedrock 66 Live! series is Athens, GA country-folk psychedelic band, New Madrid. Joining New Madrid will be Chicago's Celtic-Punk band The Tossers. Tickets available at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1149492

Here is what Pichfork had to say about New Madrid's 2014 release "Sunswimmer"

Pitchfork: New Madrid “Manners”

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History
10:07 am
Tue February 24, 2015

History Series: The Importance Of "Poles" In Campaigning

Credit courtesy of Tara McClellan McAndrew

Today is the primary election for municipal offices, and we're bringing you a story about a campaign tradition back in Abraham Lincoln's era. Our historical stories are sponsored by the Sangamon County Historical Society and written by Tara McClellan McAndrew, local history columnist for the State Journal-Register. The actors who joined her in this piece were Tom Hutchison and Doug McDonald. 

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Arts and Culture
3:33 pm
Fri February 20, 2015

It's Winter - But You Can See The Dixie Swim Club

Grace Hughes and Deborah Kerley

The Dixie Swim Club is a play about 5 women who met on the swim team in college and have created lasting friendships ever since. Each year, they meet to reconnect and catch up with each other. The play, whose writers include one who has written for The Golden Girls, is a comedy that also tackles the serious issues that come with aging, and the drama that comes with friendship.

We were recently joined by two of the actors, Grace Hughes and Deborah Kerley for this interview:

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The Scene
11:07 am
Tue February 17, 2015

Send WUIS Your Spring Inspired Stories

A scene from Lincoln Memorial Gardens in Springfield
Credit Rachel Otwell

WUIS is once again soliciting original writings from the Springfield-area. We are looking for stories that take a maximum of 4 minutes to read out loud (abbreviated versions are fine - we can post your whole story online.) Poets are also encouraged to submit.

We want stories that are at least loosely tied to the theme of spring - be they a rebirth or reinvention, or a story that is set during that time of the year. Use your imagination, get creative, and send your submissions to rotwe2@uis.edu with the subject line: SPRING STORY.

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Regional
5:51 pm
Mon February 16, 2015

Midwest Travel: Hyde Park - Mr. Obama's Neighborhood

Robie House
Credit Luiz Gadelha Jr./flickr

Our series on midwest travel continues with a look at Chicago's Hyde Park neighborhood. 

Mary Galligan is a freelance travel writer whose latest article for the Illinois Times explores Hyde Park.  It's known now for being home to President Obama and his family, but there is a lot more to this area.

Read Mary Galligan's article in the Illinois Times.

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Illinois Issues - The Scene
4:07 pm
Thu February 12, 2015

Art Beat: Siren Singers, Sibling Drama & A Halted Mural Project

Lorin Devine & Ryan Bishop (Lorin plays at Bar None on Friday night)

Tune into this week's Art Beat with the Illinois Times' Scott Faingold:

Events discussed include:

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Lincoln
1:43 pm
Thu February 12, 2015

Lincoln Legacy Lectures Broadcast: Lincoln's Funeral

Listen to the WUIS broadcast of the 12th Annual Lincoln Legacy Lectures, recorded at UIS Brookens Auditorium in October - a presentation of the UIS Center for State Policy and Leadership.  Hosted by Barbara Ferrara.

The UIS Lincoln Legacy Lecture Series calls on scholars and policy experts to talk about issues that engaged Abraham Lincoln and the citizens of his era, and issues that are still timely today.

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Illinois Issues – The Scene
11:57 am
Wed February 11, 2015

What Happened To The Downtown Mural Project?

The mural on the side The Alamo downtown
Credit Michael Mayosky

A project meant to "art - ify" Springfield's city center may have hit a dead-end. The effort to add more murals kicked off a couple years ago. Now there's only a single incomplete one to show for it. The question remains if Springfield will join other cities in Illinois, and across the country, that can boast their downtowns as places where public art is highlighted. 

    

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Live At The Suggs
12:37 pm
Mon February 9, 2015

Ken Bradbury's 'The Last Full Measure' Performed By Fritz Klein

Credit UIS Campus Relations

Thursday will mark the 206th year since Abraham Lincoln was born.  Ken Bradbury, a prolific Illinois playwright, wrote a one-man, one-act play called 'The Last Full Measure' about what Lincoln may have been thinking in the moments after he was assassinated.

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Illinois Issues – The Scene
6:30 pm
Thu February 5, 2015

Art Beat: Lincoln's B-Day, A Vintage Shop Tour + Music & More

This week we bring you info for a vintage shop tour on Saturday in Springfield that is offering customers free charms to make jewelry with (flyer is posted in this post, more info here).  That event also includes Incredibly Delicious! PLUS: 

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