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Update on Illinois Men Accused of Bombing; Evictions in Decatur; Illinois Politics Update

On The 21st: In Illinois, 1.58 percent of renters were evicted in 2016. But in Decatur, the rate is double that. What's behind this trend? Plus, we get our weekly Illinois politics update from Brian Mackey. But first, we give you an update on the case of three central Illinois men accused of bombing a Minnesota mosque last summer who are now facing new federal charges.

Polling Place sign.
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May 18, 2018

Should The Voting Age Be Lowered?; ‘Hamilton: The Exhibition’; Food As Medicine; Rescuing Tortoises

On the 21st: An organization led by students wants to lower the voting age to 16. Plus, if you can't get enough of the musical 'Hamilton,' a new exhibit is coming to Chicago this fall. We also learn more about the idea of 'food as medicine,' and check in with the Shedd Aquarium about their efforts to rescue endangered tortoises in Madagascar.

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May 17, 2018

Gun Violence In North And South Peoria; Hate In The Republican Party; Death Penalty

On the 21st: What two unrelated shootings over a single weekend in Peoria show about the way gun violence is treated on the north and south ends of the city—and the stories of two South Peoria residents whose lives were affected by gun violence. Plus, with an avowed Holocaust denier running for Congress as a Republican in Illinois, what's the role of hate groups in our state's GOP? And, Governor Rauner has proposed partially reinstating the death penalty.

Zakat Chicago
May 15, 2018

Why Charity Is An Important Part Of Ramadan; The Equal Rights Amendment; Toxic Algal Blooms

On the 21st: As the Equal Rights Amendment makes its way through the General Assembly, we hear from voices who agree and disagree with this measure. Plus, why environmental groups are worried about an increase in toxic algal blooms in our nation's waterways. But first, tonight marks the beginning of Ramadan for Muslims across North America; we'll hear about the important role charity plays in this holy month for Muslims.

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May 14, 2018

Joe Pedott, Founder Of Chia Pets; The Kewanee Life Skills Re-Entry Enter; Illinois Politics Update

On the 21st: A prison in western Illinois is trying something new by investing in programs like art classes and gardening for inmates. Plus, our weekly Illinois politics update, this time with the State Journal-Register's Doug Finke and the AP's John O'Connor. But first, we chatted with Joe Pedott, the founder of Chia Pets and The Clapper.

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May 10, 2018

A Story Of Addiction And Recovery; LGBT History In Schools; Mosquitoes And Ticks Season

On the 21st: An Illinois man shares his own personal story of addiction and recovery, as pharmaceutical executives testified before Congress earlier this week on their role in the opioid crisis. Plus, a new bill that passed the state Senate would require LGBT historical figures to be covered in classrooms. And, some tips for avoiding mosquito and tick bites during the summer months.

The Illinois Statehouse in Springfield
May 09, 2018

Local Money In The State Budget; The Underground Railroad In Southern IL; New ‘One Illinois’ Media

On the 21st: A group of mayors are worried that Springfield will use local revenue to fill holes in the next state budget. Plus, the history of slavery and the Underground Railroad in southern Illinois—and what educators are doing to bring that history to life in the classroom. And, the leaders of a new nonprofit news outlet called One Illinois say they want to tell stories about what unites us instead of what divides us. 

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May 08, 2018

Starved Rock State Park Faces Overcrowding Challenges

Illinois’s Starved Rock State Park has seen record numbers of visitors in the past few years, with more than 2.8 million people visiting in 2017. It has gotten so popular that maintaining the park has become extremely challenging.

Protestors of the new abortion law
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May 08, 2018

Iowa’s New Abortion Law; Why Starved Rock Is Getting Crowded; Illinois Outdoor Destinations

On The 21st: The most restrictive abortion bill in the nation has become law in neighboring Iowa. What does it actually do, and how does it affect women in both Iowa and Illinois? Plus, Starved Rock State Park is getting more regular visitors than even some national parks—and resources to maintain the park are getting stretched thin. And, we'll give you some recommendations for getting outside and enjoying the warm weather.

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May 07, 2018

Level I Trauma Centers; Illinois Politics Update; Getting Rid Of Stormwater

On The 21st: Why Level I Trauma Centers—which treat traumatic injuries including gunshot wounds—can be hard to come by, depending on where you live in Illinois. Plus, what's behind the sudden political debate about whether to change our state's flat income tax? And, what University of Illinois students are doing to address the problem of stormwater pollution.

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May 02, 2018

Small Pharmacies Hit By Medicaid Cuts; Solitary Confinement; Illinois’ Endangered Places

On The 21st: We discuss legislation to reduce the use of solitary confinement in federal prisons. Also, Landmarks Illinois has just released its annual list of the historic places in Illinois that are most at risk of demolition, deterioration or development. But first, how recent cuts in state Medicaid drug reimbursements could have serious business consequences for independent pharmacies. 

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