I am an educator and a parent with daughters in the 7th and 8th grades in the Macomb Public Schools.  Like many others schools – although not all – throughout the nation, Macomb schools will be administering the PARRC exam this month to its students.

Abby Wendle

Todd Mendenhall slouches in his barber’s chair, his gaze fixed on the door of his shop, waiting for a customer to open it. The clock ticks to one o’clock on a gray Wednesday afternoon.  “I should be cutting hair instead of just sitting here,” Mendenhall said. "That tells you something about our economy.”

T.J. Carson

Eleven representatives from Carl Sandburg College, Illinois Central College, and other community colleges in Illinois traveled to Cuba last month.

T.J. Carson

Carl Sandburg College invited welders and artists to unleash their creativity as part of a collaborative effort to create metal sculptures.

Artists and welders were paired up and given seven-hours to create their  masterpiece.

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Rachel's reports focus on the arts, community, and diverse culture. She produces WUIS' original program, Illinois Edition. She also hosts Art Beat, which airs on Fridays and features cultural happenings in the central Illinois region.

Lisa Ryan is a graduate student in the public affairs reporting program at the University of Illinois at Springfield. She previously worked at Indiana Public Radio and the college radio station founded by David Letterman. She is a 2014 broadcast journalism and political science graduate of Ball State University.

In addition to public radio, Lisa loves traveling. In 2014 she traveled to Budapest, Vienna and Bratislava as part of an international reporting class.

Starry Night Repertory Theater

Starry Night Repertory Theatre presents “Vincent,” a play by late-actor Leonard Nimoy. Director Jeannie Woods said it’s back by popular demand.

Congressman Aaron Schock (R-IL) has reimbursed the U.S. government for more than $1,200 he spent on travel to a Chicago Bears game last November.  A spokesman said Schock wrote a check to cover the costs of the trip. The congressman previously charged the private air travel to his House office account, which is funded by taxpayers.

There’s a new stop on the Iowa campaign trail. This weekend, many presidential hopefuls will be in Des Moines for the first Iowa Ag Summit. Republican donor Bruce Rastetter, who is the CEO of Summit Farms and president of the Iowa Board of Regents, is hosting the event.

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