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Kindergarten Readiness; Anti-Harassment, Equality and Access Panel; Solar in Southern Illinois

On The 21st: We talk to the members of the Anti-Harassment, Equity and Access Panel about what they're doing to level the playing field for women in politics. Also, what's behind the "solar boom" in Southern Illinois? But first, a new statewide study is measuring something called kindergarten readiness - that is, whether kindergarten students are ready for the school year when they first enter.

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August 07, 2018

Financial Planning For Families; Government Transparency; Best IL Artists; Competitive Shooting

On the 21st: We discuss the best methods for saving money and future planning for your family. Plus, Governor Rauner signed a bipartisan bill that requires full public disclosure of staff salaries working in the governor's office. And, we talk about the best Illinois artists as part of the ALPLM top 200 project. Then, we speak with two Illinois teenagers who recently won a national championship for competitive shooting.

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August 06, 2018

Will There Be A Citzenship Question On The Census? The Bahamas Bowl; Wakandacon; Seasonal Allergies

On the 21st: A new question might be added to the census: Is this person a citizen of the United States? Plus, A northwest Chicago suburb is the new title sponsor of the Bahamas Bowl. And, more than 2,000 people got together this past weekend in downtown Chicago for the first ever Wakandacon. Then, we talked about what to do to help minimize the effects of seasonal allergies.

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August 01, 2018

Foreclosure Numbers; AI In Hiring; Asian Carp Pet Food; Summer Blood Donations

On the 21st: We talked about Illinois foreclosure rate and why it's well above the national average, especially in Peoria and Rockford. Plus, how companies are using artificial intelligence to filter out resumes, answer applicant questions and ultimately determine who gets an interview. And, we talked with the people who are turning an invasive species of fish into an all-natural pet food. Then, why you might want to consider donating blood in the summer months.

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July 31, 2018

Immigrant Children In IL Detention Centers; Self-Driving Cars; Don’t Bring Your Phone Into The Woods

On the 21st: The living conditions for immigrant children in Chicago detention centers. Plus, self-driving cars might be the future of transportation sooner than you'd think -- but, are people in Illinois comfortable with this? And, in a world of never ending buzzing and alerts, new research suggests that in order to get the full benefits of nature, consider leaving your devices at home.

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July 26, 2018

President Trump Visits Granite City; Car Title Loans; Chicago Sports Update

On the 21st: We talked with a farmer, union leader and reporter about President Trump's visit to Granite City. Plus, people who take out car title loans often wind up having to pay back more than twice what they originally borrowed—and there's currently no state law to protect people against it. And, we caught up on Chicago sports with our favorite sports expert, WBEZ's Cheryl Raye Stout.

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July 25, 2018

Concealed Carry and Teachers; Funding IL Roads; LGBT Diabetes Risk; Automatic Library Renewals

On the 21st: We talked with gun training instructors and owners about the recent wave of teachers acquiring concealed carry permits in the wake of shooting incidents in recent years. Plus, Illinois infrastructure, and what lies down the road for future construction and maintenence. And, a recent study shows that lesbian, bisexual and questioning women are at a higher risk for diabetes and obesity later in life. Then, we discussed what one Illinois library is doing to eliminate the fines associated with forgetting to return your book, and how this came to be.

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July 24, 2018

Universal Basic Income; Adoption Tax Credit; A New Way To Clean Oil Spills

On the 21st: Universal Basic Income is the idea that giving residents a fixed amount of money on a regular basis—with no strings attached—is a good way to address poverty and inequality. Now, one Alderman wants to launch a pilot program in Chicago. Plus, adopting a child is too expensive for many families, but the state has created a new tax credit to try and make it easier. And, we heard about one of Argonne National Labortaory's latest inventions: a reusable sponge that can clean up oil spills.

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July 23, 2018

Is The DOJ Keeping Money From Illinois Over Immigration?; Local Murals; Illinois Politics

On the 21st: Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan says that the federal government is withholding money for local law enforcement because of the state's immigration policies. Plus, what one local town is doing to try and keep its community art from disappearing. And, we review the week in Illinois politics, including two gun control bills that became law.

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