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Lavender Country: LGBTQ Country Music That Almost Went Unsung

What's considered to be the first openly gay country album was recorded in the earlier 1970s. But it w ent largely unnoticed until just a few years ago. Now i t's been resurrected, garnering a host of new fans. I attended a performance featuring the singer and songwriter of Lavender Country , Patrick Haggerty - who is seeing his work gain new traction in an era of increased acceptance.

Illinois Issues: Big Swine Operations Put Residents, Pig Farms At Odds

This is a statewide debate about a real rural issue Growing up in Rushville, Carrie Johnson, the granddaughter of Schuyler County pig and dairy farmers, learned early-on the importance of agriculture to the local economy. Now an adult living and working in Rushville, Johnson says she supports the growth of local business and agriculture. But Johnson has deep concerns about what could become Schuyler County's latest hog confined animal feeding operation, Olive Branch Acres, which is proposed for a site near the village of Littleton and about eight miles from Rushville. She and other opponents, saying CAFOs can hurt property values and contribute to pollution and other environmental problems, question the impact of the proposed facility on 40 houses and cabins within two miles of the proposed facility, as well as roads and nearby ponds. Opponents also question whether the site complies with "setback" rules requiring that facilities with 7,000 or more animals be at least a half mile from

Illinois Issues: Big Swine Operations Put Residents, Pig Farms At Odds

Art Alley Pop-Up Brings Murals To Downtown Springfield

Downtown Springfield will have an event appealing to audiences who like public art, food and drinks. The Art Alley Pop-Up is a collaborative effort between the Springfield Art Association & Downtown Springfield Inc.

Scott Faingold With Updates From The Springfield Art Association

From 'Living with Modernism: Mid-Century Decorative Art' curated by Anthony Rubano​ Credit Otwell Edit | Remove Scott Faingold from The Scene (rip) is back to talk about his recent story on developments at the Springfield Artist Association - including an exhibit up until Saturday called Living with Modernism: Mid-Century Decorative Art . We also hear from the two artists kicking off the SAA's new artist residency program.

School Funding Tops Short List Of Demands

On Sunday, House Speaker Michael Madigan issued three demands for budget negotiations, and one of them was for Gov. Bruce Rauner to sign Senate Bill 1 — a massive overhaul to the state's school funding structure. But he also said he was open to changes in that bill. Education Desk reporter Dusty Rhodes gives us a refresher course on what those changes might be.

The High Price Of Poverty

If you had to place a bet on where student test scores have plummeted over the past decade and a half, where would you put your money? Chicago Public Schools? Galesburg? Urbana? A new study on student achievement in Illinois shows some surprising results.

Budget Impasse Makes Future Of Sojourn Shelter Unclear

Across Illinois - social service providers are having to make cuts. The head of one shelter says without a state budget, its future is bleak.

Study Finds Rent Unaffordable For Low Income Workers

A new study finds minimum wage fails to pay the rent in Illinois.

Sen. Bill Brady On Impasse And Special Session

Illinois lawmakers will be back at the statehouse Wednesday in special session. The governor ordered them to return to work on a budget agreement. Republicans last week offered up their own plan . However, Bloomington GOP senator Bill Brady says Republicans don't view the session as a take it or leave it proposition: "But as long as we believe we're giving property taxpayers parity. As long as we believe we are creating jobs. As long as we believe we are balancing the budget. Then we're open to anything that meets those broad strokes," he said. Brady says he's seen bipartisan cooperation in trying to solve the impasse, but only in the state senate. He says he is unsure if House Democrats will go along with some of the Republican demands. Brady adds all lawmakers are feeling pressure to come up with a budget solution.

Illinois Audubon Society Going Strong After 120 Years

The Illinois Audubon Society began in 1897 in Chicago as a way to combat bird feathers being used in hats. Today, it's the oldest independent conservation organization in the state.

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