Reporter’s Notebook: Why We’re Investigating Education And Incarceration In Illinois

Earlier this year, I reported for Illinois Newsroom that the Illinois Department of Corrections spent less than $300 on books for its educational programs across more than two dozen state prisons last year. I also reported that figure represents a dramatic decrease in spending since the early 2000s when IDOC was spending roughly three-quarters of […]

Reporter’s Notebook: The Road To A Story

I’m used to long roads. I grew up at the dead end of a dirt one in rural Montana. For my latest radio story, I drove about 11 hours. Every person I interviewed was a stranger in a town I’ve never been. Mostly, I found them online. Don’t tell my mother. That latest story — […]

Illinois Early Childhood Educators Share Election Hopes

Preschool is a key part of building a solid foundation for lifelong learning, some experts even say it’s the most important part of a child’s education. And yet, it’s not considered by the state of Illinois to be as important as K-12 education, based on the way funding is allocated.

Trump Signs Water Infrastructure Bill

President Donald Trump signed America’s Water Infrastructure Act on Tuesday, which authorizes work on many projects around the U.S., ranging from water…