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WILL - Illinois Public Media News - April 23, 2014 ~ Comment (0)

Illinois Home Sales Down But Improving In Long Run: Analyst

By Jim Meadows

A year ago at this time, Illinois home sales were surging. And even though they’re down this year, one housing analyst says they’re still showing long-term improvement.

Categories: Economics






WILL - Illinois Public Media News - April 23, 2014 ~ Comment (0)

Director Steve James Reflects On The Making Of “Life Itself”

By Jeff Bossert and Lindsey Moon

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Roger Ebert in 2005.

The documenatary about Roger Ebert's life entitled “Life Itself” makes its local premeire Wednesday, opening the 16th annual ‘Ebertfest’ in Champaign. Director Steve James says it's not the film that he, Roger, and wife Chaz Ebert orginally envisioned.  

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NPR - Illinois Public Media News - April 23, 2014 ~ Comment (0)

One Approach To Head Start: To Help Kids, Help Their Parents

By Eric Westervelt

Tiffany Contreras kisses her daughter Kyndall, 4, goodbye at Disney Elementary in Tulsa, Okla. As part of a pilot program that aims to educate both children and families, Contreras takes classes at Tulsa Community College for free.

President Obama has called repeatedly on Congress to help states pay for "high-quality preschool" for all. In fact, those two words — "high quality" — appear time and again in the president's prepared remarks. They are also a refrain among early childhood education advocates and researchers. But what do they mean? And what separates the best of the nation's preschool programs from the rest?

Categories: Education

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