Costs Go Beyond Sentence
6:57 am
Tue December 9, 2014

Illinois Spends $111,000 To Jail Each Young Offender

Credit JPI Website

Illinois taxpayers spend $304.11 per day to provide supervision, education, housing, meals and other care for each youthful offender in the seven Illinois Youth Centers run by the Department of Juvenile Justice.

That’s according to figures in a report released today by the Justice Policy Institute (JPI), a nonprofit organization dedicated to finding alternatives to incarceration.

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Free Range Radio
5:34 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

The First Family Of Radio: The Roosevelts

Eleanor Roosevelt, making a national radio broadcast in 1942.
Franklin D. Roosevelt Library Eleanor Roosevelt, radio

“We know what we have to face and we know that we are ready to face it … Whatever is asked of us, I am sure we can accomplish it. We are the free and unconquerable people of the United States of America.” –Eleanor Roosevelt  

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Ferguson Aftermath
8:51 am
Sun November 30, 2014

Darren Wilson Resigns As Police Officer

Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson

Officer Darren Wilson is no longer a member of the Ferguson Police Department.

Wilson's resignation Saturday comes less than a week after a grand jury declined to indict him in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown.

Attorney Neil Bruntrager says his client's resignation is effective immediately. Wilson had been on administrative leave since Aug. 9.

In a resignation letter sent to Ferguson officials on Saturday night, Wilson said he hoped his stepping down would “allow the community to heal.” But activists called it too little, too late.

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St. Louis Public Radio
9:27 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Grand Jury Declines To Charge Darren Wilson In The Death Of Michael Brown

St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch announces that the grand jury declined to indict Darren Wilson on any of five counts that were presented to it.

Originally published on Tue November 25, 2014 4:04 pm

A grand jury in St. Louis County has decided not to charge Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson with a crime for the Aug. 9 death of Michael Brown, an unarmed, 18-year-old black man.

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The Moth
11:04 am
Sun November 9, 2014

Free Range Radio: Veterans Day Storytelling Special

WASP pilot Dawn Seymour

We observe Veterans Day with stories. Stories straight from the mouths of military veterans. 

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Free Range Radio
12:48 am
Sun July 13, 2014

"Who Cares": Stories From Family Caregivers

Rick Rayburn cares for his wife Marianne, who has dementia.
Andrew Nixon Capitol Public Radio

If you aren't a caregiver now, there's a good chance you'll become one. This week on Free Range Radio: "Who Cares," from Capital Public Radio.

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Free Range Radio
3:26 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Reveal 3: Investigative Series Tackles Tough Issues Sunday

The first episode of Reveal prompted congressional hearings. What will the third bring? Find out on Sunday evening at 6:00 on WNIJ.

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National Train Day
4:26 pm
Sun May 11, 2014

Free Range Radio: All Aboard!

Credit Susan Stephens / WNIJ

It's time to ride the rails with Free Range Radio as we celebrate National Train Day.  

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2 Chainz
1:25 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Rapper Scheduled For Convo Faces Drug Charge

Tauheed Epps/2 Chainz

A Northern Illinois University Convocation Center official declined comment Friday on whether recent drug charges will affect the scheduled performance of rapper 2 Chainz on April 27.

Heather Priest, assistant director of marketing, said she was aware of the charges against Tauheed Epps, who was arrested June 11, 2013, in Los Angeles.  He was formally charged Thursday with felony possession of codeine, a common ingredient in prescription cough medicine and in the street drug sizzurp.

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'Hear Our Cry' March
3:23 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Deacon Steps Off On March To Washington

Deaconess Lou Ness checks her cart Tuesday morning before leaving Rockford for her walk to Washington, D.C.
Elizabeth Holmertz

Shelter Care Ministries Executive Director Lou Ness departed Tuesday on the first leg of a 756-mile walk to Washington D.C., where she hopes to draw attention to the plight of the poverty-stricken.

With Rockford Mayor Larry Morrissey at her side and the Rockford Lutheran High School drum line at her back, Ness headed for Belvidere, the first overnight stay in a trek expected to last two months.

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