White board with school funding written on it.

Carter Staley / NPR Illinois

News Local/State - January 24, 2018

Private School Official Says Tax Credit Scholarship Program Is Rushed

Private school scholarships for low-income students will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis, and the application process is set to open at the end of this month. At least one private school official says he wishes that launch date were delayed to give schools more time to educate staff and the parent community about the process.

computer online commerce


The 21st Show - January 24, 2018

How Online Sales Affect Small Businesses; Private School Scholarship Tax Credits; Eating Asian Carp

On The 21st: Last summer's education funding overhaul came with a tax credit encouraging donations to private school scholarships, but it's being implemented so quickly that schools are having a hard time keeping up. Plus, what if we just ate our way out of the Asian Carp invasion problem? But first, a check-in with local business in Illinois on how online sales and the cold weather have affected their bottom line.

Evelyn Reynolds on the mic, she's chapter leader of BLMCU.

Jeff Putney

News Local/State - January 24, 2018

State Of Trump: Black Lives Matter Says Full Steam Ahead

President Donald Trump’s administration has been in power for a year now. “State of Trump” is our series discussing what’s changed in Illinois, and what might be ahead. Black Lives Matter got its start after George Zimmerman was acquitted in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. It marked four years as an organization in 2017.

Corn harvest in Illinois.

Bill Wheelhouse/NPR Illinois

News Local/State - January 24, 2018

State Of Trump: NAFTA Talks Worry Agriculture Community

Rural America was an important demographic in the last election cycle, helping Donald Trump advance to the White House over Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. Even though Illinois was an electoral victory for Clinton, only twelve of Illinois’ 102 counties went blue, and more than half of those were located in Chicagoland. 

Sink at State Capitol Complex

Sam Dunklau/NPR Illinois

News Local/State - January 24, 2018

‘Possible Presence’ of Legionella In Illinois Statehouse Complex

Legionella bacteria, which has created problems for an Illinois veterans home in Quincy, might be present at the State Capitol Complex. Initial water tests from a burst pipe showed the presence of Legionella DNA. But until additional test results come out, state officials are saying it’s safe for employees and visitors to continue their daily routine.

Signs at a rally.

Courtesy Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights

News Local/State - January 23, 2018

State Of Trump: Illinois Immigration Advocates Battle Rhetoric & Raids

President Trump campaigned on building a wall between the border of Mexico and the U.S. While it appears he's willing to scale back that effort, targeting immigrants who do not have protected status remains near the top of his agenda. 

Flickr/OTAphotos (CC BY-SA 2.0)

The 21st Show - January 23, 2018

Rural Broadband; Infant Mortality In Illinois; A Not-So-Independent Watchdog

On The 21st: We talk with Sen. Sam McCann about bringing broadband to rural areas. And, what does infant mortality look like across Illinois? Plus, Mick Dumke from ProPublica Illinois explains his investigation into a non-profit called 'Project Six' - and where its money comes from.

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