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The 21st Show - May 31, 2018

Illinois Passes A Budget; Mortality Rates For Black Mothers And Infants; LGBT Pride In Southern IL

On the 21st: Our state government has agreed on a budget before the May 31 deadline. Earlier this morning before the House vote, we caught up with state political reporters and Senate President John Cullerton. Plus, why mortality rates for black mothers and infants are so much higher than their white counterparts. And, we speak with an organizer of the first LGBT Pride festival in southern Illinois.

State Rep. Lou Lang and Majority Leader Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie watch the roll call verification as the Illinois House passes the ERA.

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News Local/State - May 31, 2018

After 46 Years, Illinois Ratifies ERA

The proposed Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution passed Congress in the 1970s. On Wednesday, Illinois made news by ratifying it — 46 years later.

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News Local/State - May 31, 2018

Lawmakers OK Higher Tobacco Purchase Age

The legal age to buy tobacco in Illinois may soon go up from 18 to 21. The measure narrowly passed the Illinois House Wednesday night 61 to 49, after failing once before.

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News Local/State - May 31, 2018

State Lawmakers Approve Gun Restraining Orders

Illinois lawmakers on Wednesday voted to make it easier to try to take guns from someone a court determines is dangerous. Supporters say “lethal order of protections” could prevent mass shootings.

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