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The 21st Show - April 21, 2017

March For Science; Pets and Babies; Cellist Tomeka Reid

On the 21st: We spoke with “March for Science” organizers from Champaign and Peoria, as well as Ph.D. physicist Bill Foster of Illinois’s 11th congressional district. Plus, we got expert advice on how expectant parents can prepare a pet for the baby’s arrival. And, Chicago-based cellist Tomeka Reid joined us to discuss her music ahead of her show tonight at the Symphony Center.

Formulas on a chalkboard.

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News Local/State - April 21, 2017

School Funding Plans: The Devil Is In The Details

School funding is one of the key issues in the General Assembly’s budget debate. Everyone agrees the current funding formula needs to change, but there’s less agreement on how to fix it.

State Senator Daniel Biss of Evanston

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News Local/State - April 21, 2017

Senator, Gubernatorial Hopeful Biss Visits Champaign

State Senator Daniel Biss wants to beat Bruce Rauner in next year’s gubernatorial election. But the Evanston Democrat doesn’t blame all of the state’s problems on the GOP incumbent. The former University of Chicago mathemetician addressed a gathering of 50 people in a downtown Champaign bar on Thursday, three days after another candidate for governor, J.B. Pritzker, was in the area.

The 21st Show - April 20, 2017

Economic Integration in Schools; Property Confiscation

On the 21st: Richard Kahlenberg, a senior fellow at the Century Foundation, says he has a solution for integration in schools that focuses on social and economic indicators. But first, a new proposal seeks to amend Illinois laws regarding civil forfeiture.

State Rep. Carol Ammons and Rep. Will Guzzardi are joined by a panel of home health care workers

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News Local/State - April 20, 2017

Reps. Ammons, Guzzardi, Push For Minimum Wage Hike

State Rep. Carol Ammons (D-Urbana) says a higher minimum wage would help both workers and the economy. Ammons was part of a rally in Champaign Wednesday, pushing to raise minimum wage from $8.25 to $15 an hour over five years.

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The 21st Show - April 19, 2017

Asian-American Activism Over The Years; Illinois Poets Share Their Work

On the 21st: We talked about what Asian-American activism in Illinois has looked like over the years with Asian Americans Advancing Justice executive director Tuyet Le. Then, we heard from three Illinois poets about what they write, why they write it, and what poetry looks like across the state.

Krannert Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Illinois' Urbana campus.

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News Local/State - April 19, 2017

Apparent Suicide Outside U Of I’s Krannert Center

University of Illinois Police are investigating an apparent suicide involving a student at the campus’ Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. Officers responded to a report of a fire at Krannert’s outdoor amphitheater just before 3 a.m. Wednesday. Police found a person with severe burns, who was likely deceased, with a gas can next to him. Champaign County Coroner Duane Northrup tells the News-Gazette the deceased was identified as a 21-year old male student from Gurnee.

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