1. Sending your child to daycare can cost more than sending them to college in Illinois, which can be particularly hard for low-income families.
  2. To make matters worse, Illinois drastically reduced who is eligible for the state's daycare assistance program last year.
  3. We learned about the impacts of high child care costs on families in our conversation with Elizabeth Powers of the Institute of Government and Public Affairs at the University of Illinois, and Lisa Pieper, regional vice president of Children's Home + Aid in Bloomington.
  4. Despite the high costs of child care, a recent report finds that nearly half of all child care workers are paid so little that they rely on some form of government assistance.
  5. We spoke with the researcher who led this study on child care employment: Marcy Whitebook, director of the Center for the Study of Child Care Employment at the University of California, Berkeley. We also spoke with Maria Whelan, President and CEO of Illinois Action for Children.
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  7. We got an update from the organization behind the Illinois Independent Map Amendment.
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  9. While nearly 60 percent of people on organ-donation waiting lists are minorities, only about 30 percent of minorities are registered donors. More than 6 million Illinoisans have joined the organ donor registry, but every year, about 300 people in Illinois die waiting for a transplant.
  10. Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White was at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana yesterday in conjunction with National Minority Donor Awareness Week to call attention to the low numbers of minorities who are signed on to be organ donors.
  11. We heard what the Secretary of State had to say about minority organ donors and spoke with Amy Bandy, Carle’s director of Medical-Surgical and the Critical Care Unit.
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