Two small towns in rural Illinois recently lost their Walmart stores -- more than three decades after the retail giant came in and pushed out mom and pop shops. Now, the communities have lost convenience as well as major property and sales tax revenue. Some see it as an opportunity to revitalize main street, while others are not so optimistic.
Illinois Gov.-elect J.B. Pritzker is making legalizing marijuana one of his top priorities.
The issue of marijuana legalization in Illinois has been hotly debated for years. But assumptions, inaccuracies, and unknowns still fuel arguments on all sides across the state. As vocal legalization supporter and governor-elect J.B. Pritzker prepares to take office, Illinois residents are trying to understand how the potential legalization will affect them.
With all the talk of climate change and what the future may bring, turns out we're already seeing effects in Illinois. And a report outlines where schools are missing the mark in helping sexual abuse and harassment victims. Statewide brings you reports and conversations from in and around Illinois.
NPR Illinois reporter Rachel Otwell has been awarded a grant from ProPublica for a year-long investigative project in 2019. More than 215 news organizations applied from 43 states, according to a news release from ProPublica announcing the award.
News Analysis — This coming Sunday, December 9, marks the 10th anniversary of the day the FBI arrested Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich. The event led to his impeachment, criminal conviction and a 14-year prison sentence. There were also changes in state ethics laws. But there are those who say the corruption was not the worst part of the Blagojevich administration — and I am among them. I'll make that argument in this week's Illinois Issues in-depth report.
Nancy Wilson died Thursday after a long illness at her home in Pioneertown, Calif., her manager Devra Hall Levy told NPR. She was 81. Born in Chillicothe, Ohio, in 1937, Wilson has recounted in interviews that she started singing around age 3 or 4. "I have always just sung. I have never questioned what it is. I thank God for it and I just do it," she told Marian McPartland, host of NPR's Piano Jazz in 1994. She never had formal training but was influenced by Dinah Washington, Nat "King" Cole,...
Yona Stamatis talks with Illinois Symphony Orchestra Music Director and Conductor Ken Lam and guest piano soloist Alon Goldstein about Friday night's (November 9th) ISO concert, featuring Britten's "Simple Symphony", Tchaikovsky's "Serenade for Strings" and Shostakovich's "First Piano Concerto". http://www.ilsymphony.org/