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January 29, 2019

Preparing For Cold Weather; Juvenile Life Sentences; Mosque Bombing Pleas; Antibiotic Overuse

On The 21st: Illinois is facing sub-zero temperatures for the next couple of days. How do administrators decide whether or not to close school? Plus, the Illinois Supreme Court is hearing a case today that asks: how long is too long when it comes to sentencing juvenile offenders? Also, two men from central Illinois pleaded guilty in Minnesota federal court last week for trying to bomb a mosque in August of 2017. And, a new study shows more than 80 percent of the time we’re prescribed antibiotics we don’t actually need it.


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January 28, 2019

The Damage From The Shutdown; How Illinois Became So Segregated; Cold Weather Update

On The 21st: Illinois is home to some of America’s most segregated cities. Not just Chicago, but also Peoria, Rockford, and Springfield. Plus, have you checked this week’s forecast? Lots of us are going to see below zero temperatures. Meteorologist Andrew Pritchard helps us prepare. But first, the government is finally open after the longest shutdown in American history. And the state of Illinois wants to fund a hundred million dollars in low or zero-interest loans to people who’ve been affected. 


Lieutenant Governor Stratton at Inauguration

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January 24, 2019

Lt. Gov. Stratton And Criminal Justice; Male Preschool Teachers; World’s Fair Vase Found

On the 21st: We speak with Juliana Stratton, our new lieutenant governor. She’s tasked with leading the state’s efforts to change our criminal justice syste - and, we'll hear from the community organization First Followers on how to best help people who have been incarcerated. Plus, just 2% of Illinois preschool teachers are men. What's behind that? And, you might be surprised to hear that the 8-foot tall “lost vase” from the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair has been found...in a California seafood restaurant.


J.B. Pritzker speaks with campaign supporters in Springfield in this 2017 file photo.

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January 23, 2019

Governor Pritzker’s Stance On Marijuana; Beating The Winter Blues; Rusty Patch Bumblebees

On The 21st: When it comes to legalizing recreational marijuana, Governor JB Pritzker has made his stance pretty clear, but the legalization process can be complicated. We answer your questions about what Illinois might do about this. Plus, we have some tips for warding off the winter blues. Also, it’s gotten so bad for one particular endangered bee species that the NRDC is suing the federal government.


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January 22, 2019

What Educators Want From Gov. Pritzker; IL Video Gambling; How Shutdown Affects Crisis Hotlines

On The 21st: Video gambling machines were meant to bring in money for the state, but as a ProPublica Illinois investigation found, it’s actually created both financial and social costs. Plus, the government shutdown has started to hurt crisis center hotlines for sexual violence. We’ll hear from the Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault on how they’re trying to keep things running. But first, what should Governor Pritzker do about our education system? We talk with educators about what they hope to see from our state government.


From the book New Philadelphia used with the permission of the McWorter family.

January 21, 2019

The First Town Founded By African-Americans; Building Trust Between Police And Civilians

On the 21st: As we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we look to Illinois' past and present. First, Yale law professor and central Illinois native Tracey Meares tells us what it takes to build a sense of fairness between police and civilians. Plus, the story of New Philadelphia, Illinois—the first town founded by African-Americans—told by Kate Williams-McWorter and Gerald McWorter, who also happens to be great-great-grandson of the town's founder.


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January 16, 2019

Rising Rents For Mobile Homes; Social Service Agencies Under Pritzker; Dark Sky And Lunar Eclipse

On The 21st: Social service agencies have had a difficult few years, especially after the state budget crisis. We speak with a couple of organizations about what they’re hoping to see from the Pritzker administration. Also, a small group of out-of-state companies have been buying up mobile home lots in Illinois, and raising the rents. Now communities are pushing for rent control. Plus, there will be only one total lunar eclipse this year, and it’s happening on Sunday. 


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January 15, 2019

Local Newspapers and Local Finance; Future of the GOP in IL; SNAP Benefits Coming Early; Listener Qs

On The 21st: A new study shows the cost of local government increases in areas without newspapers. Plus, with the inauguration of the Pritzker administration, Democrats now have a historic majority in Springfield. What does that mean for Republicans in Illinois? Also, SNAP benefits are arriving weeks early due to the government shutdown. We'll talk about how that impacts recipients and retailers. And, we answer your questions about Governor Pritzker. 


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January 14, 2019

The Inauguration Of Governor J.B. Pritzker

On the 21st: On Monday at 12:01 pm, J.B. Pritzker took the oath of office and become Illinois' 43rd governor. Niala Boodhoo and Brian Mackey hosted this special Illinois Public Radio coverage of the inauguration ceremonies.


Governor Pritzker

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January 10, 2019

Legislation Session Preview; Fake News; Children Coping With Disasters

Today on the 21st: Yesterday, your representatives convened in Springfield to take their oaths of office. And on Monday, Governor Pritzker will take a similar oath. But what will they do as your elected officials? And what are different stakeholders in the process thinking? We speak with Illinois Public Radio statehouse reporter Brian Mackey and WTTW Politics reporter Amanda Vinicky. Plus, a new study finds that fake news is shared most by older Americans. We speak with someone very interested in this topic, journalism professor Nikki Usher. Also, an Illinois researcher shares how her work with natural disasters, like Hurricane Maria, is now being used to help children overcome other trauma.


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January 09, 2019

Sen. Duckworth; New Dental Health Law; Mindfulness & Childbirth; R. Kelly Criminal Investigation

On The 21st: Sen. Tammy Duckworth joined us to talk about the latest in politics, including the government shutdown. Also, a new law signed last month is focused on advancing dental healthcare in rural areas. How might communities here in Illinois benefit? Plus, early research shows there are benefits for women who use mindfulness techniques to turn toward the experience of childbirth, rather than run away from it. And, prosecutors in Chicago and Atlanta are investigating singer R. Kelly after the documentary, 'Surviving R. Kelly' aired on Lifetime last week.


Eugene Philips

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January 07, 2019

Finding Success At Technical Colleges; Eating Well & Exercise In The New Year; New Year, New Laws

On The 21st: Despite demand in the labor market for the skills that trade schools provide, many parents and teachers still push for four-year college. Wes Aymer in Springfield wants to change the perception around trade school. Plus we discuss ways to exercise and eat smarter in the new year. But first, with the new year comes new laws. This year, more than 250 new laws took effect here in Illinois. Which do you need to know about? 


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