Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi, a Democrat from Schamburg, questions Postmaster General Louis DeJoy during a House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing on the Postal Service in this file photo from Aug. 24, 2020.

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Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi on Stimulus Checks, COVID Relief, and Problems at the Post Office

Illinois Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi, who represents the northwest suburbs of Chicago, joined The 21st to talk about the next round of COVID relief being considered this week in the U.S. House, including $1,400 stimulus checks, an extension of enhanced unemployment benefits, and aid for state and local governments; plus increasing attacks on Americans of Asian descent, and problems at the U.S. Postal Service.

The 21st Show - February 24, 2021

Human Trafficking and How the Pandemic Plays a Role

The pandemic has halted and changed our many ways of living across our state and the world. Despite these drastic changes to our lifestyles and traveling opportunities, there is one issue that has not gone away during this pandemic – and that is human trafficking. It happens right here in Illinois and to learn more about how the pandemic plays a role in it, The 21st was joined by two experts and a survivor.

This March 22, 1995, file photo shows the interior of the execution chamber in the U.S. Penitentiary in Terre Haute, Ind. Executioners who put 13 inmates to death in the last months of the Trump administration likened the process of dying by lethal injection to falling asleep, called gurneys “beds” and final breaths “snores.” But those tranquil accounts are at odds with AP and other media-witness reports of how prisoners’ stomachs rolled, shook and shuddered as the pentobarbital took effect inside the U.S. penitentiary death chamber in Terre Haute, Indiana.

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The 21st Show - February 23, 2021

Witnessing Executions

Over the course of the final six months of Donald Trump's presidential term, the administration carried out more than 13 executions.That's more than the federal government executed in the previous half-century combined. Reporter Michael Tarm witnessed 10 of those executions for The Associated Press, and his observations are at odds with what federal officials noted in their reports.

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The 21st Show - February 23, 2021

All Dinosaurs Considered: Looking Back at Prehistoric Illinois

To look back in time and explore what prehistoric Illinois may have looked like, what creatures roamed these lands and why you likely won’t be finding any dinosaur fossils here, The 21st was joined by senior paleontologist at the Illinois State Geological Survey and a vertebrate paleontologist and associate curator of Fossil Reptiles at the Field Museum in Chicago.

The 21st Show - February 22, 2021

Who Was Nance Legins-Costley?

As we observe Black History Month, there are many heroes that get recognized for their enduring contributions to society. An unsung hero of Black history is Nance Legins-Costley: an Illinois woman who is often referred to as the first slave that Abraham Lincoln freed, but whose story goes far beyond that narrative. To talk about the life and legacy of Nance Legins-Costley are the former president of the Abraham Lincoln Association and a Lincoln scholar. 

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The 21st Show - February 18, 2021

Pandemic Worsens Child Mental Health Crisis

Millions of children across the U.S. are struggling with serious emotional or behavioral health conditions. With the pandemic blocking access to the treatments they depend on, some have spiraled — ending up in emergency rooms or police custody. The 21st spoke with reporters and an advocate who have been following this story.

Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL16)

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The 21st Show - February 18, 2021

What’s Rep. Kinzinger’s Endgame?

The national profile of Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL16) has risen since the Capitol insurrection and his vote to impeach fellow Republican former President Donald Trump. Kinzinger's political future is the topic of a recent profile by The New York Times

Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza

The 21st Show - February 17, 2021

Interview: Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza

Gov. J.B. Pritzker delivered his annual State of the State and Budget address on February 17, 2021. The 21st was joined by Illinois Comptroller, Susana Mendoza (D) to talk about the financial struggles the state faces.

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