Ted S. Warren/AP

March 12, 2019

Boeing And Flight Safety; Dwight Update; Media Literacy And Kids; High Speed Rail In Illinois

On The 21st: Boeing shares on Monday were at its lowest in almost five months after the second fatal crash involving its 737 Max plane. What’s next for the Chicago-based company? Also in travel, how inaction on building high-speed rail between Chicago and St. Louis is symbolic of the problem of train investment in America. Plus, if you’ve ever tried to get your kids off the internet, chances are YouTube is part of the equation. Now one state representative says it’s time to let teachers include media literacy in their high school classes. And, we get an update on the possibility of a Dwight Immigration Detention Center. 


Brian Kersey/AP

March 11, 2019

Immigrant Detention Center In Dwight?; Walgreens; Harold Washington’s Legacy; Progressive Income Tax

On the 21st: For years, Dwight depended on a federal prison that is now closed. Now, community leaders believe they may have found a solution in the form of another kind of facility: an immigration detention center. Plus, the FDA says one in five Walgreens stores that were inspected illegally sold tobacco products to minors. Some lawmakers are also saying it’s time for the company to stop selling tobacco altogether. Also, it’s been more than 30 years since Harold Washington became Chicago’s first African-American mayor. We'll examine his legacy and how black politics has changed since. And, we'll unpack Gov. Pritzker's new tax rates that he's released that would be part of a new, statewide progressive income tax.


Ashlee Rezin/Chicago Sun-Times via AP

March 07, 2019

All Charges Against Former Rep. Aaron Schock Dropped; Tornado Season; U of I’s Black Chorus

On The 21st: Federal prosecutors have dropped all charges against former Illinois Congressman Aaron Schock. As long as he pays back the IRS and stays out of trouble for six months, he’ll walk free with a clean record. Plus, tornado season is on the way although really, they can hit any time of year. We’ll check in with the town of Taylorville to see how they’ve recovered after a tornado hit their community last winter. And the U of I’s Black Chorus joins us. They’ve been on campus since 1968 and they’re singing at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts this Sunday. 


Mindy Tucker/WNYC

March 06, 2019

‘Queer Money Matters’ Series; Illinois’s Gang Databases; ‘Beyond Opening the Gates’ Documentary

On The 21st: Daily expenses can cost a lot of money. The co-host of WNYC’s 'Nancy' podcast joins us to talk about life gets even more expensive for LGBTQ people. Plus, Cook County has a database that’s supposed to keep track of gang members. But it has a lot of mistakes and some say the bad data has even led to false arrests. Now, police agencies and elected officials are re-thinking what they should do with this information. And, a group of University High students in Urbana have put together a new documentary that dives into the complicated history of affirmative action.


Solar panels at the new University of Illinois Solar Farm.

Jim Meadows/Illinois Public Media

March 05, 2019

Farmers And Solar; Illinois Election Security; Indiana’s Hate Crime Bill; Peru’s Endangered Penguins

On the 21st: More farmers are installing solar panels on their land - in part because crop prices are falling and the state is providing incentives. But some worry that it’s a waste of Illinois’ fertile soil. And, funding for federal elections has gone down in Illinois over the years. Plus, the debate over a hate crimes bill has put Republican lawmakers on one side, and Indiana’s Republican governor on the other. And find out what two U of I alums are doing to save endangered penguins.


Benjy Jeffords/WSIU

March 04, 2019

Why Are There So Few Black Men in Medicine; Sports Betting in IL; The Politics Of A “Fair Tax”

On The 21st: Last year, fewer than 4 percent of incoming medical students in Illinois were black men. What’s behind that and what should be done about it? Plus, states are getting ready to make their own rules when it comes to sports betting. Here in Illinois, both Democrats and Republicans say it’s time to get in on this growing market. And, Governor JB Pritzker wants to change our state’s income tax so that higher-earners pay more. It’ll take a constitutional amendment and it’s going to be a long political fight.


Illinois Holocaust Museum

February 28, 2019

‘Purchased Lives’ Exhibition at IL Holocaust Museum; The Challenges At DCFS; Sears’ Radical Past

On The 21st: We’ll get a tour of the Illinois Holocaust Museum’s newest exhibit. It focuses on the dangerous journeys that slaves made after they already got to America. Plus, we'll revisit our conversation about the radical past of the Sears catalog and how they helped disrupt segregation in the Jim Crow era. But first, The Department of Children And Family Services has had 11 directors in the last 16 years. And a new report from their inspector general says that more children are dying, even after DCFS has already checked up on them.


Lori Lightfoot and Toni Preckwrinkle advance in Chicago's mayoral race. They will be on the ballot in a run-off on April 2.

Lori Lightfoot and Toni Preckwinkle's campaigns

February 27, 2019

Chicago’s Mayoral Race; Rep. Kinzinger National Guard Controversy; Drug Prices; Identifying Jane Doe

On The 21st: Chicago will elect a black woman as mayor for the first time ever. Last night, a field of 14 narrowed down to two: Lori Lightfoot and Toni Preckwinkle. Also, Rep. Kinzinger may have violated Wisconsin state law by openly criticizing a governor's decision to withdraw troops from the southern U.S. border. Plus, the price of insulin has more than doubled since 2012. So should Illinoisans be allowed to import the drug from Canada? And, more than 40 years ago, the body of a young woman was found along the highway in Seneca, Illinois. She’s never been identified. But, Deputy Coroner Brandon Johnson is determined to give her back her name.


Tamara Cubrilo for Illinois Newsroom

February 26, 2019

Schools Helping Homeless Families; Wheaton College And The Underground Railroad; Fighting Robocalls

On The 21st: More than 50,000 students in Illinois dealt with homelessness last year. And now, one school district is using a state law to help families find housing using money in their transportation budget. Plus, Illinois was once home to many stops along the Underground Railroad. We'll bring you the story of just one of those stops at Wheaton College. And, are you getting more and more robocalls these days? We’ll give you some tips on what to do about them.


Spurlock Museum Exhibit

Spurlock Museum

February 25, 2019

Indian Exhibit At Spurlock Museum; Gun Permit Revocations; Diversity In Academic Publishing; Oscars

On the 21st: The Spurlock museum is featuring stories of the Indian diaspora with objects submitted by local residents. We hear what that exhibit says about the many stories of Indians right here in Illinois. Plus, when your gun permit gets revoked, the police send you a letter demanding that you turn in your firearm. But most of the time, there’s no follow-up and it has allowed thousands of people to keep their weapons, including, the gunman in last Friday’s Aurora shooting. And, a new grant funds diversity fellowships which calls for more representation in academic publishing. Plus, we talk about last night's Oscars.           


E. Jason Wambsgans/AP

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.


Bobbi McSwine/Illinois Public Media

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. 


AP/M. Spencer Green

February 19, 2019

Illinois Raises Minimum Wage; A Hard Look At The Budget; Measles Outbreaks; Recycling Batteries

On the 21st: Illinois is set to raise the state's minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2025 throughout the entire state. Plus, as Gov. Pritzker gets ready to deliver his first budget address, we'll talk with the Civic Federation's Laurence Msall about what Illinois needs to get its finances in order. And, the CDC says there have been more than 120 cases of measles in the U.S. since the start of 2019—and in recent days, four have been confirmed in Champaign-Urbana. Finally, we'll hear about a new battery recycling program out of Argonne National Laboratory.


People pray at a makeshift memorial Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019, in Aurora, Ill., near Henry Pratt Co. manufacturing company where several were killed on Friday. Authorities say an initial background check five years ago failed to flag an out-of-state felo

Nam Y. Huh/AP

February 18, 2019

Aurora Holds Vigil For Shooting Victims; Illinoisans In Washington; JFK Exhibit At Lincoln Museum

On the 21st: Hundreds of people gathered in Aurora yesterday to remember the five people who died in a mass shooting on Friday. Plus, more of our conversations from the nation's capital. We hear from one neurosurgeon who goes to Washington every month to advocate on behalf of her patients, and hear from U of I students who are there for the semester. And, Lawrence Schiller was behind some of the most iconic photos of President Kennedy’s life. He’s curated a new exhibit, featuring JFK, that you can see now at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.


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