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Thursday, Feb. 17, 2005 04:07 am

quick takes 2-17-05

30 YEARS YOUNG

Two mainstays of solid public-affairs reporting in central Illinois, WUIS (91.9 FM) and Illinois Issues, mark their 30th anniversary next Thursday, Feb. 24, with a reception and program at the Executive Mansion.

Kevin Klose, president and chief executive officer of National Public Radio, and Mike Lawrence, director of the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, will deliver keynote addresses.

WUIS, the local NPR affiliate, and Illinois Issues, a monthly that focuses on public policy and Illinois government and politics, are both part of the Center for State Policy and Leadership at the University of Illinois at Springfield.

The event is open to the public, but the deadline for reservations was Feb. 14.

THINKING PERSON’S FAHRENHEIT 9/11

Two local peace groups are sponsoring a screening of Hijacking Catastrophe: 9/11, Fear & the Selling of American Empire. Narrated by Julian Bond, the film makes a case that neoconservative Republicans used the trauma of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks to transform U.S. foreign policy and curtail civil liberties.

Hijacking Catastrophe will be shown at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 23, in the Carnegie South Room of the Lincoln Library. A discussion after the screening will be moderated by Proshanta Nandi, emeritus professor of sociology at UIS.

Pax Christi Springfield and the Middle East Peace Project are co-sponsors of this event. For more information, call 217-544-3997.

THE PRICE OF OIL

Sgt. Jessica M. Housby, killed Feb. 9 by an improvised explosive device that was detonated near a supply convoy, became the 63rd soldier from Illinois to die in Iraq since the United States started hostilities.

The 23-year-old Housby, a member of the 1644th Transportation Company of the Illinois National Guard, was a resident of Rock Island. She enlisted in 1999, while she was still in high school.

As of Wednesday, Feb. 16, 1,464 members of the U.S. military have died in Iraq.

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