In just a few months, millions of people in Illinois will be making some big decisions at the ballot box. Those decisions will shape the future direction of this state. It’s a reminder of just how connected we all are--through each other’s votes. Illinois Public Radio's Alex Keefe and Tony Arnold set out to understand more about what’s behind the choices some Illinois residents will be making this November. Tony Arnold has the first story.
And as IPR hit the road, our reporters found one Illinois town that’s had a unique interaction with state government. The village of North Utica – a couple hours southwest of Chicago – was devastated by a deadly tornado in 2004. As Alex Keefe learned, the tragedy also shaped the way some residents view state government today.