The 21st Show+NPR - May 18, 2020

Illinois Legislature to Meet for First Time in Months

Members of the Illinois General Assembly are set to return to Springfield this week, with an agenda limited to a relatively narrow set of issues: the COVID-19 pandemic, the state budget, the election later this year, and a few other topics. We talk to a Democrat and a Republican about what they're expecting.

The 21st Show+NPR - May 06, 2020

Interview: Illinois House Republican Leader Jim Durkin

House Minority Leader Jim Durkin joins The 21st to talk about his call for the General Assembly to reconvene in Springfield, Republican priorities for what remains of session, and divisions within his party about when and how to ease restrictions during the pandemic.

The 21st Show+NPR - April 29, 2020

Interview: Illinois Treasurer Mike Frerichs

The COVID-19 pandemic has hurt many small businesses in Illinois. We speak with state Treasurer Mike Frerichs about a loan program that could offer some relief.

The 21st Show+NPR - April 15, 2020

Interview: Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza

The competition among states for masks, ventilators and other medical supplies has led to some unusual adventures among employees of Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza.

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The 21st Show - July 17, 2019

Goodwill Lays Off Disabled Workers, Then Reverses Decision; Flooding And Federal Aid; Shedd Aquarium Rescues Sea Lions; Emoji Inclusivity

The Land of Lincoln Goodwill, which runs 15 locations throughout Illinois, decided to lay off dozens of disabled workers. Plus, Gov. Pritzker wants local communities to report flood damage so Illinois can qualify for federal aid. Also, we'll talk about how marine biologists in Illinois are helping to care for the increasing number of sea lion pups that are washing up on California shores. And, emoji have become a common form of communication on keyboards around the world, but are these little symbols as diverse as the people who use them?

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The 21st Show - June 27, 2019

Sen. Duckworth On Iran; Redefining Burnout; Summer Movie Recommendations

Just one week ago, the U.S. was on the brink of an armed conflict with Iran. And tensions are still high. Today, we talk about our country's relationship with Iran with Sen. Tammy Duckworth. Plus, what’s the difference between feeling stressed and experiencing burnout, and how can understanding that difference help challenge stigma around mental health? And halfway through 2019, we’re talking about the best movies so far this year while also looking forward to what’s coming this summer.

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The 21st Show - June 26, 2019

Harsher Penalties On Texting While Driving; Taxing The Very Rich; DCFS And Spanish-Speaking Parents; Women’s World Cup

Starting next week, there will be harsher penalties for texting while driving. Also, what does it mean to tax the uber-rich? It’s a conversation happening not just in Springfield, but in Washington. Plus, hundreds of children in the Illinois foster system are being placed in homes where a language is spoken that isn’t their native one. And, the U.S. women’s team is on a mission to win a fourth World Cup.

Protesters carry a sign which reads "In memory of children who have died in custody" as they march outside of the Homestead Temporary Shelter for Unaccompanied Children, Sunday, June 16, 2019, in Homestead, Fla.

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The 21st Show - June 25, 2019

How The Delayed ICE Raids Are Affecting Illinois; Scooter And Bike Sharing

Last week, President Trump announced deportation raids across the country. But then he said he’d wait for two weeks. We check in with immigrant rights groups here in Illinois about how they’ve been handling all of this news. Plus, last year riders took nearly 40 million trips on electric scooters. Now Chicago has launched a pilot program on the city’s west side.

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