"Afterlife" author Marcus Sakey
Courtesy Marcus Sakey
August 29, 2017

Marcus Sakey On New Novel; SNAP And Shoplifting; Obama Alums Run For Office; Health Care Reviews

On the 21st: Chicago author Marcus Sakey joined us to talk about his newest novel, “Afterlife,” a thriller and love story that takes place between two worlds. Plus, we learned how the distribution of SNAP benefits may be linked to shoplifting. We also talked to a POLITICO reporter who reported on former Obama staffers now running for office and heard from a Springfield doctor who launched his own health care review website.

A number of flyers related to health care enrollment are on the walls at Champaign County Health Consumers in Champaign.
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November 09, 2016

What To Expect For Obamacare Enrollment In 2017

Sign up started last week for coverage under Obamacare in 2017. Like much of the country, people across Illinois are seeing fewer choices and higher monthly premiums. But one group that’s helping people sign up for coverage says, at least so far, they don’t expect customers to have to scramble to find affordable coverage.

A clock sits outside of Trump Tower at midnight on, Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016, in New York.
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October 08, 2016

‘You Can Do Anything’: In 2005 Tape, Trump Brags About Groping, Kissing Women

Just two days before Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are set to meet for their second presidential debate, more damaging audio of the GOP nominee using crude language about women and how he would hit on them has surfaced. Meanwhile, Illinois Congressman Rodney Davis said Saturday he was rescinding his support for the presidential nominee. Despite numerous calls from former backers to withdraw from the race, Trump says he won't quit.

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July 13, 2016

Gun Violence, Trauma & Grief; The Old State Capitol’s Legacy; Financial Exploitation

On The 21st, we talked about the trauma and grief that families go through after losing a loved one to gun violence with a Danville father whose son was killed in a shooting ten years ago and a Chicago psychiatrist. Plus, we heard about the historical significance of the Old State Capitol in Springfield, where presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton spoke today. We also talked about financial exploitation of the elderly with the director of a law clinic begun to help those very people.

Lynn Rohrscheib inspects her soybean fields.
Courtesy of Lynn Rohrscheib
March 21, 2016

The 21st: Trade With Cuba, & STEM Education

Before the embargo - U.S. agricultural exports to Cuba were worth about $600 million a year - in today’s prices.  Others estimate Cuba is a $1.2 billion market for agricultural exports if the embargo and other trade barriers are lifted. Today on The 21st we explored what an open Cuba would mean for Illinois. Also, how a team of Illinois State University researchers and a turtle are changing STEM education. 

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