1. Civic Federation offers plan for financial stability - Governor Quinn is preparing to deliver his budget address at the end of the month. The Civic Federation has its own ideas on how the Governor and Illinois can be sustainable down the road, including an extension to the income tax increase past next year. The Civic Federation’s Laurence Msall details this and other parts of the plan.
  2. Local Synagogue has strong connections to turmoil in Ukraine - As the world’s powers rattle their sabres and Russia moves troops in place along the borders, Ukraine’s Jewish population is experiencing threats and violence not seen since the early days of the Russian revolution. Evanston’s Beth Emet Synagogue has been in touch with their sister synagogue in Simferopol and the reports run the gamut from disturbing to frightening. Beth Emet’s Rabbi Andrea London tells us what she’s heard from her colleagues in the Ukranian community.

  3. Colon cancer is not gender specific -  Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S. Most people associate the disease with men, but Dr. Yolandra Johnson explains what both men and women need to know when screening for the cancer.
  4. New report draws attention to needs of immigrant children - Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) and the Center for Gender and Refugee Studies at Hastings (CGRS) released a report last week emphasizing the importance of assigning child advocates for young immigrants arriving in the U.S. without parents or guardians. The report drew attention to University of Chicago Law School’s Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights as the only organization actually providing independent child advocates for minors arriving alone. Maria Woltjen of Young Center details how policies can be put in place to help ensure these kids are not lost in the system.
  5. Eats to celebrate Mardi Gras - Tuesday marks the last day of indulgence before Ash Wednesday kicks off the season of Lent. It’s a day of revelry, and also the last day to satisfy your cravings before kicking off 46 days of abstinence. Religion aside, for most people Mardi Gras immediately conjures up images of Bourbon Street, beads and New Orleans. We talk with Jimmy Bannos Sr., the man responsible for sharing New Orleans-style cuisine with Chicago as chef of Heaven on Seven. He shares some of his favorite recipes.  
  6. Eighth Blackbird combines science and music - If can you say one thing about Chicago’s eighth blackbird, it’s that this ain’t your Grandpa’s chamber music! Since 1996, the ensemble has been redefining the notion and the sound of the chamber ensemble. Key to their mission is the commissioning of new works by both well-known and up-and-coming composers. The two-time Grammy Award-winning group joins us in our Jim & Kay Mabie Performance Studio.
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