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July 26, 2018

President Trump Visits Granite City; Car Title Loans; Chicago Sports Update

On the 21st: We talked with a farmer, union leader and reporter about President Trump's visit to Granite City. Plus, people who take out car title loans often wind up having to pay back more than twice what they originally borrowed—and there's currently no state law to protect people against it. And, we caught up on Chicago sports with our favorite sports expert, WBEZ's Cheryl Raye Stout.


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July 25, 2018

Concealed Carry and Teachers; Funding IL Roads; LGBT Diabetes Risk; Automatic Library Renewals

On the 21st: We talked with gun training instructors and owners about the recent wave of teachers acquiring concealed carry permits in the wake of shooting incidents in recent years. Plus, Illinois infrastructure, and what lies down the road for future construction and maintenence. And, a recent study shows that lesbian, bisexual and questioning women are at a higher risk for diabetes and obesity later in life. Then, we discussed what one Illinois library is doing to eliminate the fines associated with forgetting to return your book, and how this came to be.


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July 24, 2018

Universal Basic Income; Adoption Tax Credit; A New Way To Clean Oil Spills

On the 21st: Universal Basic Income is the idea that giving residents a fixed amount of money on a regular basis—with no strings attached—is a good way to address poverty and inequality. Now, one Alderman wants to launch a pilot program in Chicago. Plus, adopting a child is too expensive for many families, but the state has created a new tax credit to try and make it easier. And, we heard about one of Argonne National Labortaory's latest inventions: a reusable sponge that can clean up oil spills.


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July 23, 2018

Is The DOJ Keeping Money From Illinois Over Immigration?; Local Murals; Illinois Politics

On the 21st: Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan says that the federal government is withholding money for local law enforcement because of the state's immigration policies. Plus, what one local town is doing to try and keep its community art from disappearing. And, we review the week in Illinois politics, including two gun control bills that became law.


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July 18, 2018

Fast Food ‘No Poaching’ Clauses; Trade Wars & Farmers; Small Town ‘Brain Gain’

On the 21st: We discussed the small clause in an employee contract that prevents fast food workers from moving to different franchise locations. Plus, how this turbulent year in trade policy has affected farmers in the state. And, how some small towns in Illinois and across the country are working to reverse brain drain in their respective communities.


Chicago Books to Women in Prison.

Lee V. Gaines/Illinois Newsroom

July 12, 2018

Getting Books To Illinois Prisons; Virtual Medical Interpreters; Chicago’s Gang Database

On this encore edition of The 21st: New technology is bringing interpreters directly to patients to help with their medical needs. And, ProPublica Illinois reporter Mick Dumke talks to us about Chicago's problematic "gang database." But first, the state of Illinois spent less than 300 dollars on books throughout all state prisons for the entirety of 2017. What's behind this lack of funding and how is it impacting prisoners?


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