Helen J. McCorkle Public School, which was closed in Chicago several years ago.
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Superintendents Speak Out On Budget Impasse; IDOT Patronage Hiring; History Of Black Music Class

On the 21st: We talked with two school superintendents about why they could have trouble opening in the fall without a full state budget. Plus, we learned how top Democrats helped friends and relatives land jobs at the Illinois Department of Transportation, and discussed how local high school students are learning about the history of jazz.

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April 21, 2017

March For Science; Pets and Babies; Cellist Tomeka Reid

On the 21st: We spoke with “March for Science” organizers from Champaign and Peoria, as well as Ph.D. physicist Bill Foster of Illinois’s 11th congressional district. Plus, we got expert advice on how expectant parents can prepare a pet for the baby’s arrival. And, Chicago-based cellist Tomeka Reid joined us to discuss her music ahead of her show tonight at the Symphony Center.


Former U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey
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April 13, 2017

Former Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey; Aviation Police Training

On The 21st: We interviewed former U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey about history, race, and what poetry can do in American life today. But first, we talked with Chicago Sun-Times columnist and University of Illinois Police Training Director Michael Schlosser about what went wrong when a passenger was violently dragged off a United Airlines flight.


A coal mine exhibit in Evanston.
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April 11, 2017

The Future Of Illinois Coal Mining; School Funding Lawsuit; Video Game College Scholarships

On the 21st: We discussed the future of coal mining with the Illinois Coal Association president, a union president, and a reporter with Inside Energy. We also learned why 17 Illinois school superintendents are suing the state for inequitable funding, and learned more about why some colleges are offering scholarships for competitive video gaming.


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April 10, 2017

The Rise & Fall Of Sears; Bullying Prevention; Illinois Politics

On the 21st: Chicagoland-based Sears Holding Corporation recently announced they lost more than $2 billion dollars in the past year, leading many to doubt about the future of the company. We discuss the rise and fall of the retail giant. Plus, we ask: what role do parents and teachers have to play in preventing bullying and violence in schools? And we get the latest in Illinois politics, with a focus on the governor's race.


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