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The 21st Show - November 05, 2018

Common Myths About Voting; Disability And Language Access; New Citizens Voting

On The 21st: Here’s a quick civics quiz for you. You aren’t registered yet. You don’t speak English. You have a felony conviction. You can’t vote, right? Wrong! We tackle common voting misconceptions. And, voting is for all US citizens but the process can be more challenging if you have a disability, or if you have trouble reading English. What systems are in place to make sure everyone can vote? And, tomorrow is Election Day and many voters are turning out for the very first time, including new citizens. 

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Niala Boodhoo

The 21st Show - November 02, 2018

A Midterm Election Podcast Special

Election Day is November 6. Give us 15 minutes (or so) and you'll hear snippets of all the interviews that The 21st has done with the candidates for statewide office: Governor, Attorney General, Treasurer and Comptroller.

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The 21st Show - November 01, 2018

State Comptroller Candidates; Where Candidates Stand On Guns; ‘Fair Use’ And Digital Learning

On The 21st: Gun control has been a hotly contested issue in 2018, and candidates in Illinois disagree on whether the solution is to make it easier or harder to buy a firearm. Plus, there’s a lawsuit dealing with digital copyright that could change how textbooks get used in university classrooms. But first, the comptroller is in charge of paying the state’s bills on time—a tall order given Illinois’ fiscal situation. We’ll hear from the three women are running for this position.

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The 21st Show - October 31, 2018

State Treasurer Candidates; IL Candidates On The Economy; Passing Land To New Farmers

On the 21st: Today, we continued our election series outlining where candidates stand on growing Illinois’s economy – and fixing our economic problems. Plus,  our series of candidate interviews by speaking with the three men vying for the office of Illinois' Treasurer. But first, we learn more about a program that helps old farmers connect with, mentor, and even pass their land on to young farmers.

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The 21st Show - October 30, 2018

Gubernatorial Candidate Sam McCann; Immigration In The Midterm Elections; State AG Candidates

On The 21st: We speak with Republican State Senator Sam McCann who is running for governor as a third-party candidate. Plus, immigration is a divisive issue across the country, including here in Illinois. We break down where Illinois candidates stand on immigration and, what these state and local officers can actually do about it. And, we’ll hear from the Democratic and Republican nominees for Attorney General. Also, we get the early voting numbers from the Illinois State Board of Elections.

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The 21st Show - October 29, 2018

Gubernatorial Candidate Kash Jackson; Candidates On Health Care; Empathy and Policing

On the 21st: As Illinois voters head to the polls, we’ve been interviewing candidates for statewide offices. Today, we sat down with Kash Jackson, the Libertarian candidate for governor. Plus, this week we're finding out where all the candidates stand on important issues, starting with health care. And, in this era of policing, the Director of U of I’s Police Training Institute has been thinking about the importance of transparency and empathy for officers. 

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The 21st Show - October 25, 2018

J.B. Pritzker, Democratic Candidate For Governor

J.B. Pritzker is a Chicago venture capitalist, entrepreneur and philanthropist. He’s the Democratic nominee for Governor of Illinois, and recently sat down with Niala Boodhoo, host of The 21st, for an interview about his candidacy.

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The 21st Show - October 23, 2018

Where The Candidates Stand On Student Debt; Catholic Diocese Lawsuits; Sears’ Radical Past

On The 21st: Four plaintiffs have sued every Catholic diocese in the state of Illinois, and they want bishops to publicly list the names of every priest who was credibly accused of sexual abuse. Plus, with Sears bankruptcy filing, many are thinking about the retailer’s storied history. That past includes how the company’s catalog helped disrupt Jim Crow-era racism. But first, Americans owe a total of nearly $1.5 trillion in student loans. We’ll break down where Illinois candidates stand on how to fix the problem of student debt.

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