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The Illinois Farm Bureau in Bloomington, Ill.
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The 21st Show

Illinois Farmers On Trade; The Power Of The Infant Brain; Illinois Politics

On the next 21st: We ask Illinois farmers what they're hoping to see from the Trump administration on trade. Plus, we'll learn about how new discoveries in brain science may lead to better treatments for traumatic brain injuries and Alzheimer’s, and get the latest in Illinois politics.

An illustration of the brain.
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News Local/State

Illinois Budget Crisis Pushes Jacksonville Addiction Center To Brink Of Closure

A central Illinois center for addiction treatment will stay open for now, despite payment delays during the state’s ongoing budget crisis. After two years without a permanent budget, the state is facing a backlog of $12.6 billion in unpaid bills to state employees, contractors and agencies.

Michael DeArmond, Champaign County NAACP President Patricia Avery, and Champaign City Council member Will Kyles participate in Saturday's march and rally.
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News Local/State

CU Area Project Rallies To End Gun Violence

A rally to end gun violence over the weekend in Champaign also served as a tribute to a local gun violence victim. Michael DeArmond as among those leading a march of 35 people on the city’s north side Saturday, on what would have been his daughter, Desirie DeArmond Austin’s 25th birthday.

Urbana Republican Mayoral candidate Rex Bradfield
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News Local/State

Bradfield Talks Tax Base, Business Expansion In Third Bid For Mayor

Next week’s mayoral election in Urbana marks Rex Bradfield’s third bid for the office. He’s twice lost to current mayor Laurel Prussing (in 2009 and 2013), but this time, the Republican engineer and land surveyor faces Democratic Alderwoman Diane Marlin. Bradfield says if he’s elected next week, his top priority is expanding Urbana’s tax base.  He says there’s been no stability in what developers can expect when they pitch projects to the city council in recent years. 

House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis. leaves the White House in Washington Friday after meeting with President Donald Trump.
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News Local/State

Republicans Kill Health Care Vote As GOP Members Defect

House Republicans have scrapped a vote on their health care replacement plan after defections from both the right and center that made it clear the bill would not pass. NPR's Susan Davis reports that GOP leadership says the Friday afternoon vote is now scrapped after House Speaker Paul Ryan made a last-minute trip to the White House to tell President Trump that the votes weren't there to pass their replacement plan, the American Health Care Act. Trump agreed with Ryan's plan to halt the vote.