News & Brews

12/04/2018 6:00 PM - 12/04/2018 7:30 PM
Riggs Beer Company
1901 S High Cross Rd, Urbana, Illinois, USA

On December, 4th from 6-7:30pm, join WILL and Illinois Newsroom at Riggs Beer Company to discuss books in prisons: why so complicated?

Illinois Newsroom, Illinois Public Media and Riggs Beer Company are committed to creating conversations that move our community towards a better future.

More about “News & Brews”:

Illinois Newsroom and WILL present the new event series “News & Brews” where our journalists bring radio stories to life. Much of our reporting focuses on complicated community issues that deserve the time and space for in-depth discussion. A panel of experts and community members related to each topic will outline the current state of the problem, the communities affected by it, and how it’s being addressed so far. Then we’ll open up for questions and further discussion from everyone!

All are welcome to attend. There will be many opportunities to ask questions, spark conversations, or just sit back and listen. Riggs offers many non-alcoholic options as well as their line of locally crafted beers.

On this months topic:

In the debate over whether to legalize weed in Illinois, there’s a lot to consider. At our next News & Brews event on December 4th at Riggs Beer Company in Urbana, we’re going to walk you through it: the politics, the money, the implications for health and criminal justice. Bring your thoughts, questions and opinions — and join the conversation!

We’ll provide a fact sheet to get everyone up to speed on recreational cannabis facts and research and a panel of reporters will share their deep knowledge of Illinois cannabis issues and answer your questions!

To help us shape the conversation, we would love to hear what you need to know about legalizing recreational weed in Illinois. Please send your questions to

Here are some questions audience members have wondered so far:

-How can we make an informed decision when government restrictions present roadblocks to research?
-Is it true that legalization would result in financial benefits, like increased revenue and reduced prison costs?
-Where would taxes from weed sales go?
-Is Illinois likely to legalize recreational weed in the near future?
-If it becomes legal, will there be room for small businesses to cultivate recreational cannabis?

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