The Joffrey Studio Company and Academy Trainees in the 8th Annual Winning Works program. Photo by Cheryl Mann
March 02, 2018

Joffrey Ballet’s ‘Winning Works’ Showcase; Oscars Preview; Flooding In Freeport

On The 21st: The Joffrey Ballet in Chicago is showcasing work from choreographers at their 8th Annual 'Winning Works' competition. Plus, what to expect at this Sunday's Academy Awards. But first, we check in with the town of Freeport, which has been dealing with severe flooding over the past week. 

Libertarian Party/Green Party Of Illinois
March 01, 2018

Beyond Red And Blue: Third Parties In Illinois Politics

Pick any election in America, and it’s usually Democrats vs. Republicans. But there are also smaller parties like the Greens and the Libertarians, and every year they’re trying to both get their messages out and get their candidates on the ballot. Illinois is a particularly difficult state for third parties, and we spoke about all this and more with representatives from the Libertarian Party of Illinois and the Green Party of Illinois.

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March 01, 2018

Illinois House Passes Gun Control Bills; Third Parties In Illinois; Remembering Billy Graham

On the 21st: The Illinois House passed several bills aimed at strengthening gun control. Plus, it's an election year, but what if you've decided the two major parties aren't for you? We had a conversation with Illinois Libertarian Party Chair Lex Green and Illinois Green Party Secretary Geoffrey Cubbage, along with University of Illinois Professor Brian Gaines. Plus, we remember the legacy of Billy Graham, who died at age 99.

Nam Y. Huh/AP
February 28, 2018

How McDonald’s Is Changing; Political Parties In McLean County; Employees’ Health & Wellness

On The 21st: We talk about the politics of McLean County in Central Illinois. How are party leaders struggling with defining party labels and values? Also, we hear about a wellness study and the University of Illinois. But first, mega fast-food chain McDonald's is making some big changes to their brand, including partnering with Disney to provide toys for happy meals, 10 years after the companies parted ways. 

February 28, 2018

Why The Political Ground In McLean County Might Be Shifting

Republicans in McLean County - which includes Bloomington-Normal and surrounding areas - are used to being in charge, and have had a strong voice in Illinois politics. But local Democrats are fired up for this year's midterm elections. And all the while, both parties are trying to answer the same question: What should it take to be a member of our party?

Courtesy of Ryan Jansen/Oak Park and River Forest High School
February 26, 2018

IL Students Walking Out Over School Shootings; Governor’s Race Ads; Gov. Candidate Tio Hardiman

On The 21st: We talk to three high school students about what students at their schools are doing to protest gun violence following the mass shooting in Parkland, Florida. Plus, we unpack the deluge of gubernatorial campaign ads with the Chicago Tribune's Rick Pearson, and hear from gubernatorial candidate Tio Hardiman. 

AP/Andrew Harnik
February 26, 2018

Understanding All Of These Campaign Ads

A lot of money is being spent on this year's governor's race, and usually those fundraising dollars are used to get the word out through events and advertising. To help you understand the deluge of campaign ads, we talked with the Chicago Tribune's Rick Pearson.

Shot in the Dark Film
February 23, 2018

Shot in the Dark Documentary; 1968 Discussion Revisited at UIUC; Gubernatorial Candidate Bob Daiber

On The 21st: We talk about the new documentary, "Shot in the Dark," which follows young basketball stars from Orr Academy on the West Side of Chicago. We also hear about an event at the University of Illinois this weekend that is re-igniting a 50 year old discussion on campus. And, we continue our series of gubernatorial candidate interviews today with Bob Daiber. 

Chief Illiniwek
Seth Perlman/AP/(File photo)
February 22, 2018

Chief Illiniwek Controversy Carries On; Gubernatorial Candidate Chris Kennedy

On the 21st: With Chief Illiniwek continuing to be a controversial matter at the University of Illinois, we talk to New York Times reporter Mitch Smith, as well as Champaign resident Breelyn Fay and University Student Body President Raneem Shamseldin about their takes on the issue. Also, we continue our governor candidate interviews with Chicago businessman Chris Kennedy.  

Libby Foster/Illinois Public Media
February 21, 2018

Future of Artificial Intelligence; IL Budget Crisis; Cost of Gubernatorial Race; Gov. Candidate Biss

On The 21st: We talk to Microsoft director Eric Horvitz about the future of artificial intelligence. Also, we heard from Laurence Msall of the Civic Federations for his inputs on what Illinois can do to solve the budget crisis. Also, the race for governor is shaping up to be the most expensive in history- ProPublica Illinois is helping you keep track of how much each candidate is spending. And, we continue our series of candidate interviews, today with Sen. Daniel Biss. 

Seth Perlman/AP
February 21, 2018

Just How Expensive Is This Governor’s Race?

The race for Illinois governor is shaping up to be the most expensive in history. But just how expensive? ProPublica Illinois is helping you keep track of how much money each candidate has raised and spent.

Christine Herman/Illinois Public Media
February 20, 2018

Power of Teen Activism; New Legionnaires Cases; Violence in Movies; Gov. Candidate Jeanne Ives

On The 21st: Teen girls around the country are leading the charge for change in their communities. Now more than ever, publications like Teen Vogue and Rookie Mag are adapting to this new wave of "girls media." Plus, we get the latest on more legionnaires cases at the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy. Also, we hear from Chicago Tribune film critic Michael Phillips about why he's tired of gun violence in movies. And, we continue our series of gubernatorial candidate interviews with Jeanne Ives. 

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