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
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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 woman holds up a signs in support of the Obama administration program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, during a rally on Aug. 15 at the White House.
Jacquelyn Martin/AP
September 05, 2017

Trump Ends DACA, Calls On Congress To Act

The Trump administration Tuesday formally announced it will end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program — also called DACA — putting an expiration date on the legal protections granted to roughly 800,000 people known as "DREAMers," who entered the country illegally as children.


YouthBuild Rockford 2017 graduates
YouthBuild Rockford Facebook page
August 30, 2017

YouthBuild Illinois Receives Federal Funding For At-Risk Youth; Women Of Color In Science

On the 21st: A new federal grant from the U.S. Department of Labor is sending millions of dollars to Illinois to strengthen job programs for at-risk youth. We speak with Sen. Dick Durbin about the importance of these kinds of job programs and check in with two of the organizations that have received funding. Plus, we talked to one of the authors of a new research study revealing how women of color in the field of astronomy face higher levels of harassment and hostile workplace experiences.


Illinois athletic director Josh Whitman answering questions in a news conference.
Brian Moline/Illinois Public Media
August 29, 2017

Whitman Weighs In On Retirement Of ‘War Chant’

Illinois Athletic Director Josh Whitman explains the decision to retire the music known as the 'War Chant' in an open letter to Fighting Illini fans, saying "I know that we are much bigger than a drumbeat."


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