Governor Rauner
Seth Perlman/AP
September 19, 2017

Gov. Rauner On Trade Mission To China, Japan; Blue Cross Leaving Obamacare Exchange For Small Biz

On the 21st: Governor Rauner joined us to discuss his eight-day visit to China and Japan aimed at boosting Illinois business. We also heard from business leaders about what they’re hoping to see happen regarding international trade. Plus, we discussed the news that Illinois' largest health insurer is leaving the Obamacare exchange designed for small businesses.


A demonstrator waves a flag from a minivan during protests Sunday over the acquittal of former St. Louis cop Jason Stockey. A third day of protests started peacefully before a smaller group smashed windows downtown.
Ryan Delaney/KWMU
September 18, 2017

Protests In St. Louis; Vietnam War & Agent Orange; College Enrollment & Rankings; Illinois Politics

On the 21st: We learned how demonstrators in St. Louis have been responding to the news that a white police officer has been acquitted over the fatal shooting of a black man. We also learned about Illinois' ties to Agent Orange and the Vietnam War, discussed the long-term impact of the state's budget stalemate on higher education, and got the latest in Illinois politics.


prison cell
Flickr/Thomas Hawk/(CC BY-NC 2.0)
September 15, 2017

Medical Care In Illinois Prisons; ‘Racial Taboo’ Film; History Of Black Music Class

On this encore edition of the 21st: We learn why the ACLU of Illinois is suing the state for providing poor medical care to inmates. We also discuss a film that's sparking conversations about race across Illinois and meet a University of Illinois team that's reaching out to local high school students to discuss the history of black music.


A tractor in a corn field during harvest time.
Darrell Hoemann/Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting
September 07, 2017

Crop Insurance; Teaching Science Through Bad Examples; Faster Trains; Climate Change And Flooding

On the 21st: How farmers use the federal crop insurance program to stay in business. Plus, University of Illinois entomologist May Berenbaum explained how even "bad science" from movies could be used to teach valuable lessons, and DePaul University's Joseph Schwieterman discussed new passenger trains that could slash commuting times. Also: a look at climate change, flooding and other severe weather.


Jose Luis Magana/AP
September 06, 2017

Updates On DACA; Books For Children Coping With Natural Disasters; Building A Bionic Hand

On the 21st: On Tuesday, The Trump administration decided to end DACA in six months. We found out what that would mean for Illinois families by speaking to a University of Illinois senior and a Chicago immigration attorney. Plus, we talked to experts about helping children cope with natural disasters and also learned about an Illinois company building an affordable bionic hand for amputees. 


Sue the T. rex at the Field Museum in Chicago
Niala Boodoo/WILL
September 01, 2017

Field Museum Moving Famous T. Rex Sue; BBQ In Illinois

On the 21st: Sue, the world-famous T. rex that greets visitors of the Field Museum in Chicago, is soon moving to make room for a gigantic, new plant-eating dinosaur. We discussed the upcoming changes with Field Museum paleontologist Bill Simpson. Plus, to prepare for the Labor Day holiday and lots of weekend grilling, we heard from some of the state's top BBQ experts, including chef Benjamin Grice from The Humble Hog and Pat Burke from Pat’s BBQ.


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