Illinois Reporter

Stories from intrepid reporters attending the Illinois Press Foundation Journalism Workshop at Eastern Illinois University

Effingham Public Library promotes creativity in children by hosting fairy garden craft

By Kaitlyn Waynick and Megan Bachman A bright yellow wall matched the faces of ecstatic children, while the opposite red wall brought out the blush in their cheeks. The natural … Continue reading

June 28, 2018 · Leave a comment

Prodigy recycles trash into funky art

By Jeromel Lara For 68-year old Steven Meadows, one man’s trash is not only another man’s treasure, it’s his treasure. The owner of S.D. Meadows Folk Art Gallery sees broken car … Continue reading

June 28, 2018 · Leave a comment

Tornado strikes again, leaving Gifford residents’ properties in disarray

By Anahi Mosquera, Anika Kimme, and Zachary Price On June 26, Kara Roseman was heading out for a late night shift, but she didn’t make it out of her driveway. … Continue reading

June 28, 2018 · Leave a comment

Program Manager Believes Homelessness is Solvable

By Taylor Trimble, Chicago  The program manager at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development states that homelessness is solvable. She is passionate to spread this idea with the … Continue reading

June 28, 2018 · Leave a comment

Dressing for success

By: Cassidy Sutton 70 years later and Jeff Shaner, owner of Mullen’s, is still creating the Imitation French dressing. Mullen’s is a salad dressing business in Robinson, Illinois that has … Continue reading

June 28, 2018 · Leave a comment

Mattoon restaurant owners respond to Sarah Sanders incident

By Anika Kimme & DeJon McAdory Outrage and intelligent political discussions emerged after the recent incident with Sarah Huckabee Sanders getting turned away at a small restaurant in Lexington, Virginia. … Continue reading

June 27, 2018 · Leave a comment

The love of train travel continues in Mattoon, Illinois

By Isabel Taylor, Jack Dugan, and Jeromel Lara Providing a gateway for people to visit the small town of Mattoon and for its people to venture throughout Illinois, trains have … Continue reading

June 27, 2018 · Leave a comment