Protestors participate in a march holding signs aimed at President Donald Trump's efforts to crack down on immigration laws in Chicago.

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The 21st Show - June 13, 2017

Experts Answer Immigration Questions; Illinois Trail of Tears Sites

On the 21st: An immigration lawyer and a constitutional law scholar answered questions about what states can and can’t do regarding immigration enforcement. Plus, we spoke with the president of the Illinois Trail of Tears associations on three sites being added to the National Register of Historic Places. 

House Speaker Michael Madigan, left, speaks with reporters on Wednesday.

Brian Mackey/WUIS

The 21st Show - June 01, 2017

How Illinois’s Budget Impasse Affects Schools, Businesses, Social Services; DCFS Director Resigns

On the 21st: Illinois legislators ended yesterday’s final scheduled session without approving crucial state funding. We heard from listeners and spoke with stakeholders. Plus, the director of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services announced he's stepping down, amidst an ongoing ethics probe and following several recent deaths of children whose homes were being investigated.

Nearly three-dozen activists were arrested during a sit-in Tuesday night at the Illinois State Capitol.

Daisy Contreras/Illinois Issues

The 21st Show - May 31, 2017

Day 700 Without A Budget; Turning Down A Dream School; NEIU Announces Layoffs

On the 21st: Today is the last scheduled day for state lawmakers and the 700th day without a state budget. We spoke with Civic Federation President Laurence Msall on what an ideal state budget proposal would look like. We also spoke with faculty and a student from Northeastern Illinois University about 180 layoffs that will begin this summer. 

Veterans Administration hospitals in the Chicago area, left, and Madison, Wis.

Hines VA Hospital and Sue Stephens/WNIJ

The 21st Show - May 30, 2017

Veterans Choice Program; Illinois Hate Crimes Bill; Politics: Still No State Budget

On the 21st: We learned about how a program aimed at reducing wait times for veterans needing medical care has experienced mixed results in Illinois. Plus, we talked with lawmakers behind a bill aimed at reducing hate crimes in Illinois and got an update on state politics with reporters from across the state.

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