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Future of Artificial Intelligence; Mindfulness In Schools; Teaching The Trail Of Tears

On this special encore edition of The 21st: How are schools looking at mindfulness and meditation to help students succeed? Plus, we'll learn how local educators in southern Illinois are teaching the Trail of Tears, which ran through that part of the state. But first, we talk to Microsoft director Eric Horvitz about the future of artificial intelligence.

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March 19, 2018

Primary Day Is Tomorrow: The Gubernatorial Candidates, Fact-Checking, And Your Voting Rights

On The 21st: Tomorrow, voters will pick the Democratic and Republican candidates for a variety of elected offices in Illinois, including governor, attorney general, and the House of Representatives. We recap some of the biggest news stories from last week and do some last-minute fact-checking. Plus, some of the most important things you need to know about casting your ballot, whether it's today or tomorrow. And, we air a compilation of our interviews with seven of the gubernatorial candidates.

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March 14, 2018

Students Walk Out For Gun Control; Rauner Vetoes Gun Licenses; Anti-Semitism in Illinois; Pi(e) Day

On the 21st: Governor Rauner has vetoed a bill that would have required gun dealers to get a license from the state. Also, anti-semitism incidents increased last year, what's behind this trend. And, on national Pi Day, should we be feasting on sweet or savory? But first, students across Illinois walked out of schools this morning to demand better gun control. We talk to two high schoolers and organizers about what's next.  

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March 13, 2018

House District Elections Across Illinois: 16th, 13th, 12th And 3rd

Apart from the gubernatorial campaigns, the big question nationally is whether Republicans can hold on to Congress. Here in Illinois, several districts are up for grabs. We checked in with reporters from all over the state to give us the rundown of what's going on in their local communities.

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March 13, 2018

Loyola Chicago Playing In March Madness; Governor Candidates On Taxes; House Race Round-Up

On the 21st: March Madness is here, and this year's Illinois representation is Loyola Chicago's men's basketball team; we spoke with Nick Schultz, The Loyola Phoenix assistant sports editor, about what this means for the Ramblers. Then, we aired interviews from our gubernatorial candidates on their tax plans upon election. We also spoke to reporters about the congressional district elections taking place all across Illinois, specifically the 16th, 13th, 12th and 3rd districts. 

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March 13, 2018

What Seven Of The Gubernatorial Candidates Would Do About Taxes

We’re a week out from the March 20 primary, and so we wanted to break down one of the most important issues for many of you voting for governor: taxes. Some of the candidates want to create new ones, some of the candidates want to reduce them, and some want to keep them pretty much the same. So before you head into the voting booth, let’s take a listen back to what all 7 of the Democrats and Republicans running for governor had to say. Governor Rauner did not take us up on our invitation to come on the show. But we did link his State of the State address here, which features some of his ideas on tax policy. 

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March 12, 2018

Tariffs, The Steel Industry And Farmers; ‘The Brain Scoop’; Angel Sides; State Politics Update

On The 21st: How are tariffs on steel affecting both the steel industry and farmers in Illinois? Plus, we speak to scientist and creator of The Brain Scoop Emily Graslie about a new butterfly species that has been named after her. Also, we hear from 13th Congressional District candidate Angel Sides. But first, we get our Illinois politics update from Natasha Korecki and Mark Maxwell. 

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March 12, 2018

Meet The Democrats Hoping To Unseat Rep. Rodney Davis In The 13th District

Illinois' 13th Congressional district—which includes all or part of 14 counties stretching from central to southwestern Illinois, including Champaign, Springfield, and Bloomington—is currently represented by Republican Rep. Rodney Davis. He's not facing a primary challenger, but there are five Democrats hoping to unseat him in November. But first, they need to get the most votes in the March 20 primary. 

March 08, 2018

The Strike At The University Of Illinois; Spring Training; IL-13 Candidates Ebel And Londrigan

On the 21st: To talk about the graduate student strike taking place at the U of I, we were joined by Graduate Employment Organization (GEO) co-president Marilia Correa and the University's Vice Provost Bill Bernhard. We also talked to WBEZ sports contributor Cheryl Raye Stout about spring training for the Cubs and White Sox. Then, we continued our 13th Congressional District candidate interviews with Jon Ebel and Betsy Dirksen Londrigan. 

Director of the Illinois Department of Public Health Nirav Shah answers questions from the House and Senate's Committees on Veterans Affairs March 5, 2018 during a legislative hearing about Legionnaires' disease at Quincy Veterans Home.
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March 07, 2018

Illinois Public Health Director Defends Response To Legionnaires’ Outbreak

At least two Illinois lawmakers have called for the director of the state’s public health department to step down, following the deaths of 13 residents from Legionnaires’ disease at a veterans’ home in Quincy since 2015. Speaking on "The 21st" on Wednesday, Dr. Nirav Shah said he thinks he still has the public’s trust and intends to continue in his role. Here are some of the highlights from Shah’s discussion with host Niala Boodhoo.

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