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December 19, 2016

Building: A Habitat Home, A LEGO Skyscraper, And STEM

On this encore edition of The 21st: We spoke with three Illinois religious leaders who are part of an interfaith effort to build a Habitat for Humanity house. Plus, we met the artist behind the LEGO exhibit at Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry and learned about the effect toys can have on children's perceptions of their own abilities.

Rosecrance sign.
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December 16, 2016

State Budget Impasse Just One Factor In Loss Of Homeless Beds

An Urbana woman has started an online petition asking local government officials to reopen the emergency shelter beds at the TIMES Center, citing the tax dollars used to build the center for that purpose. But the executive director of Rosecrance Champaign-Urbana, the non-profit that owns and operates the facility, says that's no longer a possibility.

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December 14, 2016

Residents Divided Over Proposed Railroad Project; Can Horses Help Treat Trauma?; Cold Weather

On the 21st:  A new railroad is being proposed for the Great Lakes area. We discussed how this has some residents in Illinois excited over the new jobs it would bring to their area, while others are concerned about the environmental impact. Plus, we talked about how therapy horses help people with trauma, anxiety or mental illnesses. We also took a look at winter weather across the state.

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