Senate President John Cullerton, Gov. Bruce Rauner, and House Speaker Michael Madigan are pictured in file photos.
Brian Mackey/NPR Illinois
June 29, 2017

Illinois’ Third Year Without a Budget Looms Ahead; Airport Security; Levee Dispute; Sports Update

On today's 21st: Illinois is getting national attention today because if lawmakers do not reach an agreement by tomorrow, the state enters an unprecedented third year without a budget. Plus, we look at the Trump administration's announcement that airlines need to step up security, Illinois and Missouri's dispute over a levee, and WBEZ's Cheryl Raye Stout gives an update on Chicago sports.


Former U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey
University of Illinois
April 13, 2017

Former Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey; Aviation Police Training

On The 21st: We interviewed former U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey about history, race, and what poetry can do in American life today. But first, we talked with Chicago Sun-Times columnist and University of Illinois Police Training Director Michael Schlosser about what went wrong when a passenger was violently dragged off a United Airlines flight.


Jack Yonoer
Jack Yonover
June 09, 2016

Child Food Allergies; TSA Lines Getting Shorter?; ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’ Turns 30

On The 21st: We spoke with 14-year-old Wilmette resident Jack Yonover, writer and director of the film "That Bites," and discussed child food allergies with the director of the first downstate food allergies program. Plus, the TSA says waits at the nation's airports are getting shorter; and, we celebrate 30 years since the debut of "Ferris Bueller's Day Off."


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