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March 20, 2019 - The 21st Show

Even More Students Leaving IL; Farm Income And Bankruptcy; Midwest Flooding; March Madness

On The 21st: Why are so many high school grads here in Illinois leaving the state for college? Plus, with farm income down and more farmers filing for bankruptcy, comparisons are being drawn to the crisis of the 1980s. But economists are hesitant to call it that. And, recovery efforts continue across the Midwest after massive flooding forced thousands of people out of their homes. Also, we're talking March Madness. 

Portrait photo of Karina Villa.

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March 20, 2019 - News Local/State

Rookie Lawmaker Making Mental Health A Priority

State Rep. Karina Villa is a 40-year-old Democrat representing West Chicago. She's one of dozens of fresh faces at the Illinois State Capitol this year and also one of seven lawmakers in the House of Representatives whose election flipped a red seat blue -- from Republican to Democrat.

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March 19, 2019 - The 21st Show

Our Pension ‘Crisis’ Mentality; ‘Never Sentenced, Never Released’; Student Debt And Buying A House

On The 21st: Why is using the word 'crisis' detrimental when we're talking about Illinois' pension situation? Plus, Terry Allen has been in an Illinois prison for 36 years, even though he was never sentenced for the crime that got him there in the first place. And, we'll talk about how difficult it can be for those with student debt to become homeowners. 

Urbana High School.

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March 19, 2019 - News Local/State

U Of I Professor: Restorative Justice In Schools Requires Buy-In From Community

Schools in Illinois and across the country are turning to restorative justice practices as an alternative to traditional discipline models. Mikhail Lyubansky, an associate professor of pyschology at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, studies restorative justice, and he's written about some of the criticisms of the way it's used in schools. 

Someone lighting a marijuana cigarette, with a pile of cash in the background.

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March 19, 2019 - News Local/State

Illinois Moves To Bank The Unbanked Marijuana Companies

Growing and selling cannabis for medical purposes in Illinois is legal, and it's looking more likely that the state will legalize a recreational program as well. But one crucial component that remains illegal is for banks to do business with marijuana-related companies. 

A "Narrow Bridge" sign is posted on the approach to the Bradley Avenue bridge over I-57 in Champaign.

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March 18, 2019 - News Local/State

Bridge Replacement To Close Bradley Ave. At I-57 For 8 Months

Bradley Avenue will be closed at I-57 at the western end of Champaign starting Wednesday, March 20, for a bridge replacement project that's expected to take eight months to complete. Traffic will be rerouted. 

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