The 21st Show

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


Niala Boodhoo/Illinois Public Media

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. 

Democratic Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi represents Illinois’ 8th Congressional District. That district covers parts of Chicago’s West and Northwest suburbs including Schaumburg and Arlington Heights. We spoke with Rep. Krishnamoorthi at NPR headquarters in Washington, DC. 


Democratic Congressman Sean Casten represents Illinois’ 6th Congressional district, which covers some of Chicago’s West and Northwest suburbs, including Wheaton, Elgin, and Downers Grove. We spoke with Rep. Casten at NPR headquarters in Washington, DC. 


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 at NPR headquarters in Washington, DC. 


The Lincoln Memorial is one of the most visited National Parks sites in the country, not just in Washington. Yesterday we were able to visit and Heidi Dietze from the National Parks Service gave us a tour. 


February 12th is Lincoln’s birthday, a big day for the state of Illinois. Many have heard about the Lincoln Memorial but not a lot of people know about another historic Lincoln site. It’s his cottage in a quiet, northwest part of Washington, where you can not just walk through the actual spaces where the Lincoln family spent their summers during his presidency, but you’ll also be guided through stories that reveal how Lincoln’s ideas still affect us today.

Niala spoke with Executive Director and CEO Erin Carlson Mast and Senior Museum Program Associate Joan Cummins. 

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