North America Has Lost 3 Billion Birds, Scientists Say

Over the past half-century, North America has lost more than a quarter of its entire bird population, or around 3 billion birds. That's according to a new estimate published in the journal Science by researchers who brought together a variety of information that has been collected on 529 bird species since 1970. "We saw this tremendous net loss across the entire bird community," says Ken Rosenberg , an applied conservation scientist at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in Ithaca, N.Y. "By our...

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Youth across Illinois and the country are skipping classes Friday morning. They are demanding that lawmakers focus on climate change policy.

NPR Illinois spoke with Francesca Butler, a philosophy and environmental studies student at UIS, who helped organize a Global Climate Strike rally on campus with Springfield-area high school and middle school students.  The rally is scheduled to take place Friday morning at 10. 

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Walking early evening as shades of pink and blue soak up the sky, a sadness creeps over me as I reflect on passages from “21 Lessons for the 21st Century” by Yuval Noah Harari.

"For thousands of years Homo sapiens behaved as an ecological serial killer; now it is morphing into an ecological mass murderer. If we continue with our present course, it will not just cause the annihilation of a large percentage of all life-forms but also might sap the foundation of human civilization.”

Cover Crops Stand In At Weathered Farms

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Midwestern farmers have had a particularly challenging year due to extreme weather, tariffs, and flooding.

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The former chairman of the Illinois Gaming Board allegedly engaged in prohibited political activity while heading the agency that regulates gambling. That's according to a report released Wednesday by the Office of the Executive Inspector General.

 

The report says Don Tracy made "loans and contributions either directly, or through his wife, to political committees" in violation of state law.

Perspective: Finding Joy In These Times

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Lately my Perspectives pieces have doubled down on serious matters concerning “our shadow side,” and “contagious anxiety.” While important subjects, it’s time for a little lightness. 

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A food pantry in Rockford is bringing a new attitude to the business of feeding people. The Winnebago Community Market is holding an open house Wednesday afternoon starting at 4:30 to show off their revamped space and reveal plans to expand services.

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Illinois is offering an incentive to those who have outstanding state tax debt in an effort to get them to pay up.  

Those who owe dating back to July 1, 2011 can use a new tax amnesty program that would waive penalties and interest.  It’s estimated to bring in about $175 million due the state. A spokesman for the Illinois Department of Revenue called that estimate "conservative." 

But those wanting to take advantage will need to act fast.  They have from October 1 until November 15 to make a full payment and file the necessary paperwork. 

Perspective: My Mystifying Obsession With British Mysteries

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In my middle years, I confess to developing a vice.

You’re probably thinking that I bought myself an expensive sports car or have started collecting vintage Barbie dolls. In fact, I have become quite fond of British mysteries.

Changes In Store For NIU Title IX Office

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Northern Illinois University's Title IX coordinator says there are changes being made to her office.  They come in a response to a student protest in May.  

Title IX prohibits sex discrimination at education institutions receiving federal funding.  Coordinator Sarah Garner says her office is currently in the process of hiring a Title IX investigator. 

Veteran journalist Cokie Roberts, who joined an upstart NPR in 1978 and left an indelible imprint on the growing network with her coverage of Washington politics before later going to ABC News, has died. She was 75.

Roberts died Tuesday because of complications from breast cancer, according to a family statement.

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Youth across Illinois and the country are skipping classes Friday morning. They are demanding that lawmakers focus on climate change policy.

NPR Illinois spoke with Francesca Butler, a philosophy and environmental studies student at UIS, who helped organize a Global Climate Strike rally on campus with Springfield-area high school and middle school students.  The rally is scheduled to take place Friday morning at 10. 

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