Director of the Illinois Department of Public Health Nirav Shah answers questions from the House and Senate's Committees on Veterans Affairs March 5, 2018 during a legislative hearing about Legionnaires' disease at Quincy Veterans Home.

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The 21st Show - March 07, 2018

Illinois Public Health Director Defends Response To Legionnaires’ Outbreak

At least two Illinois lawmakers have called for the director of the state’s public health department to step down, following the deaths of 13 residents from Legionnaires’ disease at a veterans’ home in Quincy since 2015. Speaking on "The 21st" on Wednesday, Dr. Nirav Shah said he thinks he still has the public’s trust and intends to continue in his role. Here are some of the highlights from Shah’s discussion with host Niala Boodhoo.

Posters and signs with strike slogans written on them. Signs are part of the GEO strike on the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus.

Lee V. Gaines/Illinois Public Media

News Local/State - March 06, 2018

U of I Graduate Workers Strike Hinges On Tuition Waivers

Hundreds of classes have been canceled and dozens more relocated as a strike by graduate employees at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign continues into a second week. On Tuesday night, graduate workers occupied the office of university president Tim Killeen. Strikers have a variety of demands, but one of the most contentious points focuses on the future of tuition waivers -- and whether some graduate workers will have to pay tuition while employed in academic positions on campus.

State Treasurer Mike Frerichs and Attorney General candidate Kwame Raoul.

Christine Herman/Illinois Public Media

News Local/State - March 06, 2018

Frerichs Endorses Kwame Raoul For State Atty General

State Treasurer Mike Frerichs returned home to Champaign-Urbana Tuesday to announce he’s backing State Senator Kwame Raoul in the crowded race for state Attorney General.

Obama Library

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The 21st Show - March 06, 2018

Obama Center; Group Home Updates; Brain-Boosting Methods; IL-13 Candidates Erik Jones and David Gill

On the 21st: Chicago Tribune Reporter Michael Berens joined us to talk about changes to group homes for disabled adults. Plus, we talked about brain-boosting methods with Chicago Magazine senior editor Lauren Williamson and U of I Professor Elizabeth Stine-Morrow. Then, we talked to reporter Lolly Bowean about former president Barack Obama's new center in Jackson Park. We also had our first two interviews with 13th Congressional District candidates, Erik Jones and David Gill. 

John J. Kim/AP

The 21st Show - March 05, 2018

The Latest In The Governor’s Race; Tax Revenue From Airbnb; ‘IlliNoise’ Podcast

On The 21st: Airbnb has collected $9.3 million in taxes on behalf of hosts in the state of Illinois. What's going on with these taxes? Plus, we talk to Chicago journalist Ellen Mayer about her podcast IlliNoise. But first, a new story from the Chicago Sun-Times shows that nearly a quarter of the money contributed to political campaigns in the state came from four men. What's going on in Illinois politics this week?

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