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The news in Illinois that affects you is delivered daily on Illinois Edition. Politics, education, the arts and life -- it’s Illinois.  Explained.  The newsmakers and people of Illinois that are making waves make the airwaves daily noon to 1 PM.

Special weekly segments include: 

  • The Scene which explores the arts across Illinois; from cultural happenings to the artists and musicians.
  • State Week, where the panel dissects the past week in Illinois politics and updates listeners with insider information from the state capital in Springfield.

Illinois Edition began airing on a daily basis in 2012.

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Sean Crawford talks with State Journal-Register Business Editor Tim Landis.

Rachel Otwell

In some schools around the state - fewer art classes are being taught. Meanwhile, art advocates say they help students creatively problem solve and art is crucial for a well-rounded curriculum.

Brent Bohlen

When I was in seventh grade, my friends and I got our parents to drop us at the local small-town movie theater on Saturday nights. We would buy tickets at an enclosed booth, shell out a quarter at the concession stand for popcorn and settle into seats as close to our crushes as we could get without being too obvious.

Grow Springfield

From novices to gardening veterans, you'll find plenty to keep you interested this weekend during the Homegrown Fest taking place at Lincoln Land Community College in Springfield.  The event is combined with the 13th annual Composting Symposium.

Illinois Symphony Orchestra

Celebrate in style with the Illinois Symphony Orchestra's Last Night of the Proms concert, a vibrant salute to British musical tradition. UIS ethnomusicologist Yona Stamatis speaks with Maestro Alastair Willis in a special sneak preview of the concert that offers rip-roaring fun for the entire family and a program of beloved orchestral works.

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NPR Illinois' Sean Crawford talks with Tim Landis, Business Editor of the State Journal-Register.

courtesy of Corey Woodruff

It’s called Facebook - but how often do you actually come face-to-face with most of your friends on the social media site? Corey Woodruff is a photographer based in St. Louis - he decided to explore our connections with others with his project titled: All of the Faces

Rachel Otwell

This week Scott and Rachel take a visit to the Springfield Art Association campus and get to know two artists who have a reception planned for Friday at DEMO. We also talk with area native, Andrew Woolbright, who now lives in New York. His work is on display at the UIS Visual Arts gallery. Tune in:

The National School Breakfast Program provides free, federally funded breakfasts to school kids.  But a recent study found nearly half a million Illinois kids who qualify are missing out.

Kari Bedford

Today we have an interview with local indie-folk singer/song-writer Ben Bedford - he stopped by the studio to chat and share music from his up-coming album, called The Pilot and the Flying Machine. (Ben has a Kickstarter to help fund the album. It only has a few days left, and it's a way you can ensure you get a copy while also ensuring the album gets made.)


Tim Landis, Business Editor for the State Journal-register, joins Sean Crawford.

State House Democrats

State Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie is the longest-serving woman in the Illinois General Assembly, having been inaugurated in 1979. The Democrat from Chicago was working on a sociology project at the University of Chicago when she was encouraged to run for the state House. Maureen McKinney interviewed Currie  because March is Women’s History Month.

We will also post McKinney’s interview with Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno, the longest serving Republican women in the General Assembly. 

Rachel Otwell

As the March 15th primary draws closer -- presidential candidates and their campaigns are making visits to the state. But one candidate stopped by last week who you may not know as much about. Her name is Jill Stein, and she's once again running for president, representing the Green Party

Felicia Olin

This week we couldn't even get to all the events we're interested in this weekend (and beyond) - but we did our best. We also got to know more about the artist Felicia Olin, she joined us to chat about the Rebirth art show at The Pharmacy over the weekend. Chances are you've seen her work at a local establishment or seen her profiled in local media (like here.) Time to tune in!

Sanders campaign

Senator Bernie Sanders will be coming to Edwardsville Friday in hopes of riling up supporters in the state. Illinois' primary is on the 15th. Yesterday, we got a call from the Sanders campaign asking if we would talk with his wife, Jane O'Meara Sanders. Fifteen minutes later, she called up the station.

Tony Colantino

Ragna Rye is Alex Owens on guitar and vocals, Michael LaFrance on drums and Phil Sgambelluri on bass.

Representative Sara Wojcicki has only been in office for a few months. 

But she's already facing her first election as a state lawmaker.

A store for beds and a hotline for parents are teaming up to provide needy families new mattresses, box-springs and bed-frames. The 40 Winks Foundation has provided several thousand beds to children all over the country. Slumberland, located at 2450 Chuckwagon Drive in Springfield, is providing beds for families in the Springfield area for the third time, the deadline to apply is Monday, Feb. 29th.

Dr. Claire Dappert

An archaeological discovery in Illinois has received worldwide recognition.  Evidence of a prehistoric city well preserved under present day East St. Louis has been found, dug up and is being analyzed.

Matthew Minicucci is a Midwest transplant, hailing from the east coast. He's been in Illinois for about a decade now and says planting roots here is something that affects his writings. He also draws inspiration from classic literature and his parents' divorce, among many other things. He lives in Champaign where he teaches writing at the U of I.

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As you may know - over a century ago Springfield underwent what is called the 1908 Race Riot. It was a day of lynching and upset - many black people were attacked after two back-to-back reports of assaults on white women by black men induced an angry mob. 

Tucked away in a University of Missouri research building, a family of pigs is kept upright and mostly happy by a handful of researchers. Two new litters recently joined the assembly of pudgy, snorting, pink piglets.


Tim Landis, Business Editor of the State Journal-Register, joins Sean Crawford.

courtesy of the Village Voices of Chatham

A group of concerned citizens in Chatham say they fear they could be seeing the same problems as Flint, Michigan. They say ever since their water source has switched from Springfield’s City Water Light and Power in 2012 to the South Sangamon Water Commission issues have included discolored, foul-smelling water that is corrosive and leaves sediment. Some people say it even causes hair-loss and rashes.

Tapping The Earth's Energy To Grow Local Food

Feb 22, 2016

The middle of winter is when the stream of locally grown fruits and vegetables in the Midwest begins to freeze up.


Who doesn't need some help paying for the rising cost of college.  But the price of tuition can be an obstacle to many students wanting to continue their education.

It's that time of the week. Rachel and Scott have plenty to tell you about events in the area, including a micro-brewery's beer fest, adult coloring and a comic book convention. Plus they dish on cultural picks including musical artists Kendrick Lamar & Freakwater - and a new doc about the Black Panther Party. Tune in!

Events discussed this week include:

ISO Interview: 'Beethoven, Barber & Brahms'

Feb 18, 2016
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Bask in the beautiful of Beethoven, Barber and Brahms in the upcoming "Bold and Beautiful" concert by the Illinois Symphony Orchestra. On the program, the dramatic Coriolan Overture by Ludwig van Beethoven; the ethereal Brahms Symphony No. 2; and the lyrical violin concerto by Samuel Barber featuring ISO concert master and violin soloist Violetta Todorova.

Here's an episode from our history series for those still in the Valentine's Day spirit. On that day in 1929 - seven Chicago gangsters were murdered in a surprise attack. The Valentine's Day massacre was a huge shock to the city, and its aftershocks were felt in central Illinois almost immediately. 

If you've ever seen a documentary by Ken Burns, you are probably familiar with the important role music plays in his films. It informs the viewer what mood Burns is hoping to illicit - it's a part of the story interwoven from beginning to end. Jacqueline Schwab is the pianist behind much of that music, she met Burns in her twenties and her music has appeared in a dozen of his films including Baseball, Mark Twain and Lewis and Clark.