© 2024 NPR Illinois
The Capital's Community & News Service
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations
Cicada nymphs in butter and garlic for a demonstration at the Missouri Botanical Garden’s Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House in Chesterfield, Missouri. Many Midwesterners gave cicadas a try after two broods containing an estimated trillions of the insects emerged this spring.
Nathan Kwarta
Missouri Botanical Garden
Researchers and bug enthusiasts are cooking up cicadas as sweet snacks or pizza toppings this summer. Some hope cicadas will help entomophagy – the practice of eating insects – catch on.
It wasn't until after Amber and Devon Weise married  that they learned Supplemental Security Income, the federal benefits program Amber relies upon, penalizes couples who marry. Amber lost her monthly SSI income check and, even more vital, her access to health insurance.
Narayan Mahon for NPR
Social Security's SSI program for people with disabilities requires couples to have no more than $3,000 in assets
Kathy Brennan
Photo courtesy of Kathy Brennan
Kathy Brennan hosts “Never Ever Really Dirty” comedy shows every other month at Harvest Market. She spoke to Community Voices about the creation of NERD Comedy as well as her journey with standup comedy in the Springfield area. The next upcoming performance is June 24 at 7 p.m. at Harvest Market in Springfield, IL.
The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld a major offshore tax on investors.
Saul Loeb
AFP/Getty Images
The case had potentially trillions of dollars in tax consequences for the federal budget, and the court's decision could have severely limited congressional options in enacting tax policy.
Former President Donald Trump gives the keynote address at Turning Point Action's "The People's Convention" on June 15, 2024, in Detroit, Mich.
Bill Pugliano
Getty Images
THE X FROM NPR ILLINOIS (91.9 HD3 and streaming)
The four original members of R.E.M. — Mike Mills, Michael Stipe, Bill Berry and Peter Bucks — reunited and performed at the 2024 Songwriters Hall of Fame induction ceremony.
L. Busacca
Getty Images for Songwriters Hall of Fame
On Thursday morning, Mike Mills said that it would take "a comet" for R.E.M. to get back together. But on Thursday night, R.E.M. got back together to perform the band's unexpected 1991 hit at the Songwriters Hall of Fame induction ceremony.
Start the day by adding NPR Illinois First Listen to your routine and hear the latest from the state capital.
21st century conversation
for the 21st state.

Weekdays 11 AM , Encore 11 PM
Conversations with neighbors, artists, and area business people along with events you might have missed.

Weekdays Noon and 10 PM
CV-X Saturdays 5 PM
Reporting from in and around Illinois.

Saturdays 9 AM, Sundays 3 PM
Analysis & commentary on the events that made news this past week in Illinois state government & politics.

Fridays 12:30 PM, 7:30 PM
Saturdays 6:30 AM
Locals talk entertainment for people who like pop culture.