The 21st Show - 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?

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The 21st Show - 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. 

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The 21st Show - 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

The 21st Show - 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

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The 21st Show - 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.  

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The 21st Show - 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

The 21st Show - 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.

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The 21st Show - February 20, 2018

The 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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The 21st Show - February 19, 2018

Historical Lincoln Memoir; Gubernatorial Candidate J.B. Pritzker

On The 21st: We talk to Kate Masur about the 1942 President Abraham Lincoln memoir, They Knew Lincoln, that has just been reprinted. We also begin our series of gubernatorial candidate interviews with J.B. Pritzker. 

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The 21st Show - February 15, 2018

Reactions To Gov. Rauner’s Budget Address; Trump’s ‘Harvest Box’ Plan; AG Candidate Scott Drury

On the 21st: Reactions from Senate President John Cullerton, Rep. David Harris, and WBEZ political reporter Tony Arnold on Gov. Rauner's budget address. Plus, Dr. Craig Gundersen from the University of Illinois talks about President Trump's plan to convert electronic food benefits to boxes of packaged food. We also conclude our interviews with candidates for attorney general with state representative Scott Drury. 

Rich Saal/The State Journal-Register (Pool)

The 21st Show - February 14, 2018

Live From The State Capitol: A Preview Of The Budget Address

On The 21st: A special live preview of Gov. Rauner's budget address, broadcasting from the rotunda of the state capitol. We heard from Democratic Comptroller Susana Mendoza, and a variety of groups who are hoping the governor will address their interests. 

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The 21st Show - February 13, 2018

The ‘Radium Girls’; Illinois Politics Update; Snow Salt Alternatives; AG Candidate Kwame Raoul

On the 21st: We continue our week in Springfield, today from the WUIS studios. We hear about the 'Radium Girls' of Ottawa, Illinois and the health problems that they suffered after working at the Illinois Radium Dial company. Plus, your Illinois politics update on the eve of the budget address. Also, what alternatives are there to using salt to melt ice in the winter? And, we continue our series of attorney general interviews, this time with Sen. Kwame Raoul. 

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