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Ted Radio Hour

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Ted Radio Hour
Ted Radio Hour

TED Radio Hour with host Guy Raz uses TED Talks as a launching point to explore the best ideas in technology, entertainment, design and much more, each approach to every idea is different, and each is fascinating listening.

Raz interviews the guests, delving deeper, dissecting the speaker's ideas and posing probing questions you’d like to hear answered. Topics explored include mankind's place in the universe and space, how the sounds around us affect our behavior and why there is power in failure.

A Cook County judge has ordered Illinois to add post-traumatic stress disorder to the list of diseases eligible for medical marijuana treatment in a case filed by a military veteran.

Judge Neil Cohen on Tuesday ordered the Department of Public Health's director to add PTSD within 30 days.

The sternly worded ruling says Director Nirav Shah "engaged in a private investigation, hidden from public view" that was "constitutionally inappropriate."

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The Illinois Toll Highway Authority is playing a vital role in economic development and job creation throughout northern Illinois. It’s also looking for ways to increase minority-owned and veteran-owned businesses in their construction projects.

The Authority is planning to build a nearly 63,000-square-foot Maintenance Facility at U.S. 20 and I-90. The new building will be LEED certified, green and modern – and will involve and built by more minority-, disadvantaged-, women- and veteran-owned businesses than ever before.

Flickr user Jim Bowen / "Illinois State Capitol" (CC BY 2.0)

Illinois' governor has invited the legislative leaders to a meeting early this evening at the capitol.

It'll be an opportunity for them to hash out budget options ahead of the legislature's return to Springfield tomorrow.

Chances for a bipartisan agreement remain grim as ever. 

GOP Gov. Bruce Rauner and the Democrats who control the General Assembly have gone a year without agreeing on a budget.

The pressure to at least pass something, like a temporary state budget and money for schools, is intense.

Village of Rockton, Illinois

Plans for Rockton Rock Quarry building an asphalt plant were withdrawn officially Monday.

The quarry pulled its request due to financial and residential concerns. That’s according to Rockton village officials, who also say there will be no further review of the plan.

“It doesn’t affect the village financially; there’s no loss of income for this,” Tricia Diduch, the Planning and Development Administrator for Rockton, said.

Diduch says there would’ve been tax increases for the project, but no figure was ever provided.

As the Fourth of July weekend approaches, families across Illinois may be inclined to take their boats out on the water. 

Boating safety is overseen by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, which employs conservation officers in each county to conduct safety compliance checks.  Contrary to what one may expect, it is legal to drink alcoholic beverages while riding in or even operating a boat.  But Captain Laura Petreikis  says the most common accidents involve drunken operators, and it can be difficult to gauge intoxication. 

Dixon Public Works Director Resigns

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city of Dixon

  Dixon Public Works Director Tim Ridder has resigned.  

He was hired in October to consolidated the city’s various public works departments.  These included water, sewer, cemetery, and public properties. 

Bringing these groups under one roof was part of Dixon’s transition to a city manager form of government.  This transition was designed to avoid individuals isolating themselves within a single department.  These precise conditions allowed former city comptroller Rita Crudwell to embezzled $53 million from 1983 to 2012

State of Illinois

Municipalities got much of their state funding this year. But Illinois is set to begin a new fiscal year Friday with no spending plan in place. That has local officials worried.

Mahomet Village President Sean Widener says it's a matter of stability.

"We need a state budget, we need road construction projects to continue, we need local governance to continue without further delay. And most importantly we need to restore the confidence for all the citizens in the state."

Help To Get Past The Hurt

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What do you do if you hurt someone and you’re pressed nose to glass by your own pettiness, meanness, hypocrisy? Shame wells up like a bad smell.

What if the person is so furious -- rightly so -- that they won’t hear you?

Make space for your breath -- for their breath -- to calm down. Make space for your emotions -- for their emotions -- to settle. Wish them well. Wish yourself well.

A spokeswoman for Gov. Bruce Rauner says the Illinois medical marijuana program's director has resigned.

Spokeswoman Catherine Kelly tells The Associated Press the administration has accepted the resignation of Joseph Wright, who was in the position for just over one year. She says the governor's office "will have no further comment."

Wright will be replaced by Jack Campbell, the program's bureau chief in the Department of Agriculture.

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