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Pediatrics For Transgender Kids; ‘Pay What You Can’ Yoga Studio; Illinois Politics

On the 21st: We recap the latest in Illinois politics with WBEZ's Dave McKinney and Natasha Korecki with Politico. Plus, what does it look like to operate a business where customers can pay whatever they want? But first, we heard from a transgender teen about what it was like to come out to her entire school, and what effective pediatric care looks like for trans youth.  

A transgender teen from Peoria shares her story, including opening up about her gender identity in front of her entire school. 

We discuss the challenges of being young and transgender, including finding a pediatrician. 

We talked with Abby Parmelee, 18-year old transgender woman from Peoria and Dr. Lisa Simons, physician of adolescent medicine at Lurie Children's Hospital and Assistant Professor at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine.


Alaina Hampton says in a lawsuit that House Speaker Mike Madigan sabotaged her career for accusing one of his campaign aides of sexual harassment. Last week a federal judge heard her case. Her lawyer, Shelly Kulwin on ABC7 Chicago, spoke with us today about the case.

We also heard about some of the biggest stories in state politics from the past week.


A Peoria yoga studio is making their practice more accessible by letting people pay whatever amount they can. They say it helps subsidize classes for those who can’t afford it. We talked with yoga trainer Aaron Dickerson and the owner of SoulSide Healing Arts yoga studio, Hannah Ramlo.

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June 13, 2018

Illinois Rivers; Visas and Foreign Doctors; Sending Aid to Guatemala; World Cup Without US

On the 21st: How the Trump Administration could slow down the visa process for foreign doctors. Plus, we spokewith the Consul General of Guatemala regarding the latest on a volcano eruption in his home country. And, we heard from from some of Illinois’ most passionate soccer fans about which World Cup bandwagon to jump on. But first, the current state of Illinois' waterways -- and how their health can affect ours.

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June 07, 2018

Harold Washington; Illinois Car Seat Law; Rockford Peaches Anniversary; Alzheimer’s Latino Study

On the 21st: We discuss a new Illinois kids car seat law which would require children under two to ride in rear-facing car seats. Plus, we talk to Dr. David Marquez about new research on Alzheimer's in the Latino community. Also, the Rockford Peaches celebrated their 75th anniversary this month. What did the town do to celebrate? But first, we talk to biographer Roger Biles about his new book "Mayor Harold Washington: Champion of Race and Reform in Chicago." 

June 04, 2018

How Trade With US Allies Affects Farmers; Homeless Outreach Training For Police; State Politics

On the 21st: How a trade war with the United States' allies would affect Illinois farmers. Plus, homelessness advocates in Springfield are hoping to dedicate a police unit as a 'Homeless Outreach Team' to try and prevent the revolving door of homelessness. And, we'll recap the end of the legislative session—which ended with a bipartisan budget, allegations of sexual harassment against a Democratic leader, and a flurry of bills that were passed.

The Goodman Theater
June 01, 2018

‘Having Our Say’ At The Goodman Theatre; Midwest Music Festivals; Summer Travel

On The 21st: Now that summer is here, Chicago Tribune critic Greg Kot tells us about how to enjoy the best music festivals, all within driving distance of Illinois. Plus, we talk summer travel with NPR’s David Schaper. But first, we speak to the director behind a play that’s getting another staging at the Goodman Theater in Chicago - Having our Say. 

Illinois Capitol
May 31, 2018

Illinois Passes A Budget; Mortality Rates For Black Mothers And Infants; LGBT Pride In Southern IL

On the 21st: Our state government has agreed on a budget before the May 31 deadline. Earlier this morning before the House vote, we caught up with state political reporters and Senate President John Cullerton. Plus, why mortality rates for black mothers and infants are so much higher than their white counterparts. And, we speak with an organizer of the first LGBT Pride festival in southern Illinois.

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May 30, 2018

Creating Manufacturing Jobs; Injuries In Youth Sports; Summer Movies

On The 21st: The Reel Deal Critic Reggie Ponder joins us to talk about summer movies. Plus, we talk with a pediatric orthopedist and athletic trainer to talk about summer sports for kids - and how hard they can be on growing children’s bodies. But first, how have some Midwestern cities like Grand Rapids not only managed to survive, but actually thrive when it comes to creating manufacturing jobs? 

Illinois Newsroom
May 29, 2018

Gun Suicides In Rural Areas; The Chinese Exclusion Act Documentary; IL Spelling Bee Contestants

On The 21st: We talk to the filmmakers behind a new documentary on the Chinese Exclusion Act which will be shown on PBS tonight. Plus, the National Spelling Bee is underway- we caught up with a few Illinois contestants before they left for DC to see how they’re feeling ahead of the big competition. But first, from 2012 to 2016, more than eighty percent of gun-related deaths in rural Illinois were suicides, which is higher than the rest of the country. We catch up with Illinois Newsroom Reporter Madelyn Beck to learn more about gun suicides in rural areas. 

Connie Barr receives her father's Purple Heart from Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs
Photo courtesy of Connie Barr
May 25, 2018

Reuniting Families with Military Medals; Author Chibundu Onuzo; Best Illinois Books

On The 21st: Connie Barr shares her story of learning her father received a Purple Heart for his service in World War Two and we hear about Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs' work reuniting families with long lost military medals. Plus, as the state celebrates its bicentennial, there’s a new contest to name Illinois’s greatest book. What are some of the titles in the running? But first, we speak to Nigerian author Chibundu Onuzo about her new book and first U.S. release, "Welcome to Lagos." 

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