Hundreds of people raise up lit candles at a memorial vigil for Devon McClyde.
Pam Dempsey / Illinois Public Media
January 04, 2017

The Toll Of Gun Violence Across Illinois

On the 21st: We went beyond the recent news headlines to ask: Why are so many people being killed, not only in Chicago, but in many Midwestern cities? What will it take to stop the violence? We also learned about community efforts in Danville and Peoria to reduce gun violence.


"The Awakened Family"/Shefali Tsabary
December 29, 2016

Mindful Parenting; Animals On A Diet

On this encore edition of The 21st:  Shefali Tsabary, a clinical psychologist and author of “The Awakened Family," joined us to talk about how the challenges of parenting can become an opportunity for spiritual awakening. Plus, the not-so-surprising diet secrets of wildlife animals.


Community Elements CEO Shelia Ferguson discusses her agency's merger with Rockford-based Rosecrance.
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
December 29, 2016

Rosecrance Prepares For More State Funding Cuts

Rosecrance executive director Sheila Ferguson remains hopeful that the agency can partner with other local agencies to weather any further state cuts in 2017.


Patrons leave the Champaign Library just before the 6 p.m. closing on December 9, 2016.
Darrell Hoemann / C-U Citizen Access
December 29, 2016

Libraries Struggle To Reach Entire Champaign-Urbana Community

Since 2011, the Champaign Public Library has lost more than 8,000 cardholders, dropping 21 percent from 37,710 to 29,657, according to library data. The Urbana Free Library has lost about 1,100 cardholders in the same time period. It had 13,880 cardholders in 2011 and now has 12,762 cardholders, a decrease of 8.1 percent.


First Presbyterian Church in downtown Champaign
Wikimedia Commons
December 28, 2016

Champaign Churches Join Forces To Help Homeless During Winter

Champaign’s faith-based community has a short-term plan for two churches to provide overnight shelter to homeless men during the winter months. Two churches, First Presbyterian and Faith United Methodist, will be taking in up 30 men from the second week of January through March. Another site, New Covenant Fellowship Church, could be serving as a shelter soon, after some fire safety code updates. But conversations for a permanent site are ongoing.


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