Government
5:00 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Quinn Signs Bill Restoring Medicaid Cuts

Governor Pat Quinn has signed legislation to restore Medicaid cuts made two years ago to save money.

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'Hear Our Cry' March
11:19 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Rockford Deacon Arrives In D.C., Plans Thursday Event

Ness being greeted by Bishop Dorsey McConnell on the steps of Trinity Cathedral in Pittsburgh
Credit Shelter Care Ministries

The director of a Rockford social service agency has completed a 900-mile walk to Washington D.C.

It was no April Fools' Day joke. Deacon Lou Ness has been walking every day since April First with a mission to make it to the nation's capital. It was part of an effort to raise awareness for poverty in local communities. She's the director of Rockford's Shelter Care Ministries. She finished what she started this weekend.

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Business
6:32 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Rockford Fastpitch "'Shark Tank' Without The Bite"

Credit Eigerlab

Rockford’s EIGERlab hosts its 8th annual Fastpitch Competition Wednesday, June 18, at the University of Illinois-Chicago College of Medicine at Rockford.

EIGERlab Marketing Coodinator Sherry Pritz compares Fastpitch to the television show “Shark Tank,” where entrants pitch their ideas for a new product or process to a panel of investors.

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-Illinois
9:51 pm
Sat June 14, 2014

Area Museums Get State Grants For Capital Projects

Credit State of Illinois

Several Northern Illinois museums will be receiving capital investment grants from the Illinois Public Museum Capital Grants Program as part of the Illinois Jobs Now! construction program. 

In a release Saturday, June 14, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn says the grants will help the museums better fulfill their mission and help the state's economy.

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Agriculture
8:00 am
Sat June 14, 2014

Illinois Corn Growers: River Improvements Vital To Midwest Farmers

Credit WNIJ

Agriculture groups say a bill signed by President Obama this week is a step toward vital upgrades for the nation’s aging lock and dam system. But they also say there is more work to do. 

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Juana Summers is a reporter covering education for NPR.

Prior to coming to NPR, Summers spent nearly four years as a reporter for POLITICO, where she focused on political and campaign coverage, primarily the 2012 Republican primary and general election. She has also extensively covered defense policy and veterans affairs, and authored POLITICO's morning defense newsletter.

Before that, she covered statewide and local politics for the Kansas City Star and St. Louis Post-Dispatch, as well as KBIA-FM. Her work has also been featured in the Austin American-Statesman and The Washington Post.

Illinois
7:00 am
Sat June 14, 2014

State Senator Looks At Future For Shuttered Correctional Center

Senator Jason Barickman
Credit ilga.gov

After touring the shuttered Dwight Correctional Center this week, Senator Jason Barickman says portions have the potential to be used again somehow.

The Bloomington Republican says the state first needs time to determine possible functions and cost options for the former women’s facility that closed in early 2013.

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-Illinois
5:45 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Rockford Garden Tops in North America

Credit Anderson Japanese Gardens

Anderson Japanese Gardens has been chosen the highest quality Japanese Gardens in North America by Sukiya Living Magazine (The Journal of Japanese Gardening) in a recent ranking.  According to a press release from Anderson, a panel of 41 Japanese garden specialists considered over 300 public Japanese gardens and ranked the gardens based on defined characteristics including subtleness, natural beauty, moderation and human scale.

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Felix Contreras is co-host of Alt.Latino, NPR's web-based program about Latin Alternative music and Latino culture. It features music as well as interviews with many of the most well-known Latino musicians, actors, film makers and writers.

Previously, Contreras was a producer and reporter for NPR's Arts Desk and covered, among other stories and projects: a series reported from Mexico introducing the then-new musical movement called Latin Alternative; a series of stories on the financial challenges facing aging jazz musicians; and helped produce NPR's award winning series 50 Great Voices.

Arts
6:40 am
Fri June 13, 2014

DeKalb Author Waxes Poetic In Prose

Joe Gastiger, author of Loose Talk.
Credit Dan Klefstad

Joseph Gastiger writes prose poems, a hybrid form that reads like fiction but uses poetic imagery. He prefers writing this type for two reasons.

"I found it made certain stories in my life more available," he says, "rather than break whatever it was I was trying to say into lines."

In an interview with WNIJ, Gastiger said the form allowed his sentences to flow more easily, and led to more surprises. The other reason:

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