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
6:47 pm
Thu April 16, 2015

The Scene: Billy Bob And Redneck Cousins Are In Town

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Tune in to this week's version of The Scene:

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The Scene
11:51 am
Wed April 15, 2015

Beautiful Book Pairs Felicia Olin's Art & Vachel Lindsay's Poetry

Felicia Olin (L) & Lisa Higgs
Credit Rachel Otwell/WUIS

A recent project combines the work of Springfield's most well-loved poet, the late Vachel Lindsay, with one of Springfield's favorite contemporary visual artists. A book titled, A Net to Snare the Moonlight collects over 15 children's poems by Lindsay and pairs them with artistic interpretations.

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Regional
6:09 pm
Mon April 13, 2015

Flooded Basement? There Are Some Possible Solutions

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Heavy rains in the spring often lead to complaints in Springfield over water in basements.  This mostly happens in older areas of the community.

"Most of the system was never designed to be able to transport or convey 50 year storms.  it was more designed on a 5 or 10 year storm. That being said, there are places in the city that don't perform on a 5 or 10 year system either," said Sewer Engineer John Higginbotham with Springfield Public Works.

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The Scene
3:49 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

The Scene: Conceptual Art Shows, Natural Disaster In Film & More

Tune in to this week's version of The Scene - with Scott Faingold: 

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Science
10:53 am
Thu April 9, 2015

Will St. Louis Woman Realize Dream To Live On Mars?

Maggie Duckworth
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Maggie Duckworth, a resident of St. Louis who has an engineering degree and designs costumes, says ever since she was a kid - she's been fixated on outer space. "I've probably been interested in outer space since my first word, which ... was saying 'home' while pointing up at the stars." Duckworth says her parents regularly exposing her to Star Trek at a young age was also an inspiration. Now, she is one of 100 finalists as part of the Mars One project, which aims to send a group of four people to colonize Mars by 2022.

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Local History
7:22 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

Author Recounts Local Man's WWI Experience Through Letters

Can you really know someone you've never met?  Chris McDonald developed a bond with a man who lived a century ago through reading letters he had written, many from the front lines of World War I. 

McDonald worked with the family of Kent Dunlap Hagler to publish the works, which are far more literary than most teenagers could accomplish, now or then.  The book "Three Lying Or Four Sitting - From The Front In A Ford" takes its title from Hagler's time with a military ambulance unit.  It's references how many could be transported at a time.  

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Springfield Mayoral Race
11:02 am
Mon April 6, 2015

SJ-R's Bernie Schoenburg Breaks Down The Mayoral Race

Bernie Schoenburg
Credit Rachel Otwell/WUIS

Tuesday is the day Springfield decides who will be its new mayor. The race is between Paul Palazollo, currently the Sangamon County Auditor, and Springfield City Treasurer Jim Langfelder. Political writer for The State Journal-Register, Bernie Schoenburg, has been following city politics for over 20 years. He tells us why the candidates have been talking trash (literally) and what he thinks each could excel at, and where they could fall short.

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The Scene
11:35 am
Thu April 2, 2015

Local Actors Will Compete With "Talley's Folly"

Mary Young & Johnny Molson
Credit Rachel Otwell/WUIS

Johnny Molson & Mary Young  are fixtures in the local community theater world. They'll be heading to Michigan to perform in a competition hosted by the American Association of Community Theatre. They joined us to talk about the production they'll be competing with, called Talley's Folly, which you can also catch over the weekend at the Hoogland Center for the Arts in Springfield:

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Higher Education
9:34 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

Chancellor: Positive Changes Coming To UIS

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Despite concerns over state funding, there is reason for optimism at the University of Illinois Springfield.  In the first part of our interview, Chancellor Susan Koch told us about planning that is underway for a likely reduction in funding.

But there's also a bright side at UIS.   The campus has all time high enrollment and many other positive changes are coming.  A new nursing program will launch this fall and ground will soon be broken on a Student Union.   

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Regional
8:26 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

Takin' It To The Streets: Lincoln Half Marathon This Saturday

Credit Lincoln Half Marathon

Springfield motorists traveling across town Saturday morning, April 4 should be aware of likely traffic delays between 7:30 am and 11 am.  About 2,000 participants from more than 30 states will be on Springfield roads that morning running along a 13.1 mile route that starts and finishes downtown, goes past Lincoln sites and through the Washington and Lincoln Park neighborhoods. 

The course can be viewed on an interactive map at http://www.usatf.org/routes/view.asp?rID=538358.

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Code Switch
1:40 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

How IL "Religious Freedom" Law Differs From IN

Bernard Cherkasov
Credit Equality Illinois

LGBT supporters have been in an uproar since Indiana Gov. Mike Pence signed a Religious Freedom Restoration Act into law. Illinois has had a similar law on the books for years but it never raised a stir. The leader of Equality Illinois explains why.

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Illinois Issues - State of the State
12:00 am
Wed April 1, 2015

Should Illinois End Its Retirement Tax Break?

Brian Mackey writes the State of the State column for Illinois Issues magazine.
Credit mattpenning.com / WUIS/Illinois Issues

News Analysis — Illinois continues to be pummeled with bad budget news. The General Assembly’s nonpartisan budget analysts at the Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability say income tax receipts will be down $1.9 billion in the next fiscal year. That’s thanks to the tax cut that took effect January 1, lowering the individual income tax rate from 5 percent to 3.75 percent.

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Higher Education
9:37 pm
Tue March 31, 2015

UIS Chancellor: Higher Ed "Between A Rock And A Hard Place" Financially

University of Illinois Springfield Chancellor Susan Koch says if a proposed 31% state budget cut to higher education occurs, it would hamper the school's ability to carry out its mission. 

"It would be severely damaging," Koch said.  She added she is hopeful the eventual budget won't hit UIS so hard.  But she also expects less state support in the coming year.

"The reality is at this point we don't know where things will end up."

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Education Desk
1:06 pm
Tue March 31, 2015

Students Perform & Present Research At STARS Symposium

(L-R) Michael Lotspeich, Irina Mason & Kylie Gilmore

Every year, students at UIS get together to give presentations and performances related to technology, the arts, and research. It's called the Stars Symposium. This year, the event is on Thursday and Friday on the Springfield campus. We were joined by students Irina Mason, Kylie Gilmore & Michael Lotspeich to talk about it: 

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Criminal Justice
12:10 pm
Tue March 31, 2015

Proving Actual Innocence & Overcoming Trauma To Help Others

(L-R) Larry Golden, founder of the IIP, exoneree Angel Gonzalez, IIP att. Lauren Kaeseberg & IIP volunteer Kiran Desai

Today, we have the story of a man who spent 20 years in prison for a rape that DNA evidence later would prove he didn’t commit.

We also hear from a woman in a different case – she was raped and accidentally helped put the wrong man behind bars.

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Regional
7:23 am
Mon March 30, 2015

APL Takes Aim At Stray And Feral Cats

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Spring is here... and love is in the air.

But that's not necessarily a good thing when it comes to stray and feral cats.  This is the time of the year when unwanted litters wind up at the Animal Protective League in Springfield.  Last year, about 1,000 animals were brought to APL.  Only about half are adopted.  The no-kill shelter has launched an effort to help the situation.

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The Scene
4:22 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

The Scene: Supersuckers & A Scary Movie

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

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The Scene
12:53 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

Goodbye Donnie's - Hello "Homespun Republic"

The view inside Homespun Republic
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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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Statehouse
9:57 am
Wed March 25, 2015

Unpacking The Short Term Budget Fix

Jamey Dunn & Bill Wheelhouse

Bill Wheelhouse talks with Illinois Issues's Jamey Dunn for an explanation of the short term budget fix advancing in the legislature.

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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

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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

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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
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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

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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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