The 21st Show

Healthcare Worker Violence Prevention Act; Immigrants in Champaign County; Taking a Knee in the NFL

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On The 21st: The troubling statistics about violence nurses face on the job - and what people in Illinois are trying to do change that. Plus, the NFL’s decision that NFL players can’t protest the national anthem by taking a knee - and how Chicago Bears players are reacting to it But first, foreign-born people make up 1 in 10 in Champaign County. We talk about a new report about immigrants, which is part of a national study from the New American Economy. 

Nurses are the people who care for us. But what about how we care for them? A new report from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign finds that 90 percent of nurses surveyed in Illinois experienced some form of violence at least once over the past year. What’s more, 50 percent of those nurses said they experienced it six or more times in that same time period.

This survey highlights a harsh reality that nurses around that state have been dealing with. Just last year, two seperate hostage situations happened involving nurses - one in Geneva and one in Joliet. The situation in Geneva led to the sexual assault of one nurse when the prisoner was left unshackled and the deputy had been found sleeping.

House Bill 4100 is an effort to remedy some of this. It passed the house yesterday. The bill would require violence-prevention training as well as whistleblower protections for workers who report assaults.

We spoke with Alice Johnson who is the Executive Director of the Illinois Nurses Association. We also had the chance to speak with State Rep. Stephanie Kifowit. She represents Illinois’ 84th districts which includes the Chicago suburbs of Aurora, Naperville and Oswego. She is a co-sponsor of the Healthcare Worker Violence Prevention Act.


When immigrants come to Illinois, where do they go? Chicago, for sure. But also, it turns out, central Illinois and - specifically Champaign County.

Foreign-born people make up 1 in 5 residents in Urbana - 1 in 8 in Champaign and 1 in 10 in the county. And it’s not just students at the U of I.

We know this because of a new report about immigrants - it’s part of a national study from the New America Economy. It was created locally here by the New America Welcome Center at the University YMCA.

To talk about this, we were joined by Chris DiFranco from the New American Welcome Center at the University YMCA, Minister Cesar M’nyampara from Champaign’s First Presbyterian Church and Mayor Diane Marlin from Urbana.


Last year the NFL had plenty of people tuning into the beginning of games - to see the widespread player protests about police brutality that took place during the national anthem. Many of them knelt - the hashtag was “Take a Knee”.

Yesterday - the NFL came down with a verdict about how players protested. And how did the Chicago Bears react?

WBEZ Sports Contributor Cheryl Raye Stout joined us to talk sports. 

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