We talk to the Illinois Dept. of Corrections about challenges facing female ex-offenders. Plus, an update on the battle to change the way legislative districts are drawn in Illinois. And some music from the Goodman Theatre's White Snake.
We look at why some indie book stores are thriving while others are merely surviving. Plus, how is the money from the temporary hike in Illinois' income tax being spent? And should the tax be permanent?
We mark Teacher Appreciate Week with NEA head Dennis Van Roekel. We take a look at the race for Congress in the 10th Congressional District which includes an attempt at a comeback. And, we celebrate jazz in Paris.
We sit down with the new head of the Illinois Department of Children and Family services to find out what plans she has for the agency. We get a preview of this year's August Wilson Monologue Competition. And, the music of Edward David Anderson.
From plastic bags to ride sharing, we recap the action at Chicago's City Council meeting. We hear about a contest to find the best liar in Chicago. Plus, a local university's dominance in a sport that usually doesn't get much attention.
On his 115th birthday we celebrate the life and music of Duke Ellington. We also sit down with one of the most famous nuns in the world, Sister Helen Prejean, who has dedicated much of her life to fighting the death penalty.