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July 26, 2018 - The 21st Show

President Trump Visits Granite City; Car Title Loans; Chicago Sports Update

On the 21st: We talked with a farmer, a union leader, a reporter and a protester about President Trump's visit to Granite City. Plus, people who take out car title loans often wind up having to pay back more than twice what they originally borrowed—and there's currently no state law to protect people against it. And, we caught up on Chicago sports with our favorite sports expert, WBEZ's Cheryl Raye Stout.


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July 26, 2018 - News Local/State

Illinois Settles Lawsuit Over Deaf Prisoners

Under the settlement, the Illinois Department of Corrections will have to provide sign language interpreters for what are called “high stakes interactions” — like disciplinary hearings, medical visits, and counseling sessions.

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July 25, 2018 - The 21st Show

Concealed Carry and Teachers; Funding IL Roads; LGBT Diabetes Risk; Automatic Library Renewals

On the 21st: We talked with gun training instructors and owners about the recent wave of teachers acquiring concealed carry permits in the wake of shooting incidents in recent years. Plus, Illinois infrastructure, and what lies down the road for future construction and maintenence. And, a recent study shows that lesbian, bisexual and questioning women are at a higher risk for diabetes and obesity later in life. Then, we discussed what one Illinois library is doing to eliminate the fines associated with forgetting to return your book, and how this came to be.

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July 24, 2018 - The 21st Show

Universal Basic Income; Adoption Tax Credit; A New Way To Clean Oil Spills

On the 21st: Universal Basic Income is the idea that giving residents a fixed amount of money on a regular basis—with no strings attached—is a good way to address poverty and inequality. Now, one Alderman wants to launch a pilot program in Chicago. Plus, adopting a child is too expensive for many families, but the state has created a new tax credit to try and make it easier. And, we heard about one of Argonne National Labortaory's latest inventions: a reusable sponge that can clean up oil spills.

Birth control pills.


July 23, 2018 - News Local/State

Planned Parenthood Speaks Out Against Proposed Changes To Title X

Planned Parenthood of Illinois is speaking out against proposed changes to the only federal program that provides funding for birth control. Those changes include a so-called "gag rule" that could affect thousands of Illinois residents.

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