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The 21st Show - February 21, 2019

Reactions To Gov. Pritzker’s Budget Address; Photojournalist Chris Capozziello

On The 21st: Yesterday Governor Pritzker gave his first budget address in Springfield before a joint session of the General Assembly. It’s the beginning of the give and take between him and state legislators and it should lead to a final budget by the end of May. Today, reactions from lawmakers on what they liked, what they didn’t like, and where there’s room for some middle ground. Plus, we’ll speak with artist and photojournalist Chris Capozziello about his exhibition, The Distance Between Us. It tells the story of what it’s like to have a twin with cerebral palsy.

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The 21st Show - February 20, 2019

Live From The State Capitol: Gov. Pritzker’s First Budget Address

On the 21st: We broadcast live from the floor of the state capitol ahead of Governor J.B. Pritzker's first budget address. We hear from Comptroller Susana Mendoza, House Minority Leader Jim Durkin, Senate Majority Leader Kimberly Lightford, and Attorney General Kwame Raoul. Finally, we get some analysis from UIS professor Ken Kriz and Illinois Public Radio's Brian Mackey ahead of the speech. 

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The 21st Show - February 14, 2019

Rep. Cheri Bustos On Representing The Midwest In House Leadership, Gun Control, And More

Representative Cheri Bustos is a Democrat representing Illinois’ 17th Congressional district, which includes parts of Peoria, Rockford and the Quad Cities. She spoke with Niala Boodhoo, host of The 21st, at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee offices in Washington, D.C. on Thursday morning.

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The 21st Show - February 13, 2019

Rep. Rodney Davis On Taxes This Year And Universal Background Checks

Representative Rodney Davis is a Republican from Illinois’ 13th Congressional district, which includes all or part of 14 counties across central and southwestern Illinois, including Champaign, Bloomington, and Springfield. We spoke to him from NPR headquarters in Washington D.C. 

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The 21st Show - February 13, 2019

Senator Dick Durbin On Avoiding The Shutdown And President Trump’s AG Nominee

The deadline to finalize an agreement over a southern border wall between the US and Mexico is fast approaching. And U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) is one of the members of Congress trying to prevent another shutdown. We spoke with Senator Dick Durbin in his Washington D.C. office on Tuesday afternoon.

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The 21st Show - February 13, 2019

Sen. Dick Durbin; ‘The Religious Left’ In Illinois; Rep. Rodney Davis

On The 21st: When it comes to religion in politics, Christian conservatives on the right have long held a deciding vote. But, a new wave of religious progressives are also getting out the vote. Plus, we speak with Rep. Rodney Davis, Republican Congressman representing Illinois’ 13th Congressional district. But first, the deadline to finalize an agreement over a southern border wall between the US and Mexico is fast approaching. We sit down with Senator Durbin, one of the members of Congress trying to prevent another shutdown. 

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The 21st Show - February 12, 2019

Rep. Darin LaHood On Biodiesel, The Green New Deal And Trade With China

Republican Congressman Darin LaHood represents Illinois’ 18th Congressional district, which includes parts of Peoria, Bloomington-Normal, and stretches all the way west to the Missouri border. We spoke with Rep. LaHood in Washington D.C. at NPR. 

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The 21st Show - February 12, 2019

Live from D.C: Rep. Krishnamoorthi; Rep. Casten; Rep. LaHood; Lincoln Memorial; Lincoln’s Cottage

On The 21st: Today is Abraham Lincoln’s birthday and we’re broadcasting live from our nation’s capitol. We visit the Lincoln Memorial and President Lincoln’s Cottage. We also speak with members of Illinois’ Congressional delegation, the day after leaders from both parties agreed, in principle, on a deal to fund the government. We’ll talk with Congressmen Raja Krishnamoorthi, Sean Casten, and Darin LaHood on whether they’ll support this deal. 


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