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The 21st Show - September 02, 2021

The Present And Future Of Farm Automation

This week in Decatur, farmers and those in the agriculture industry from Illinois and the Midwest are gathering together at the Farm Progress Show. We talked about the past, present, and future of automation. 

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The 21st Show - September 01, 2021

The Paradox Of Panhandling In Illinois

Earlier this year, a federal court in Illinois ruled a state panhandling law unconstitutional, saying that it violates the First Amendment: freedom of free speech. That means panhandlers in Illinois can no longer be ticketed. 

The 21st Show - August 31, 2021

Back To School Mental Health Check In

We’ve heard the mental health struggles of parents, educators and after-school providers during the COVID-19 pandemic, but how are our children and teens doing? 

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The 21st Show - August 31, 2021

Sex Ed In Illinois Schools

Illinois will have an updated sex education curriculum — one that propenents say is more inclusive, culturally relevant, and based on national standards, but some lawmakers say the law goes too far by introducing sensitive topics too early. 

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The 21st Show - August 30, 2021

Climate Change Is Making Outdoor Work More Dangerous

A new report from the Union of Concerned Scientists found that the number of days people can do their jobs safely will dramatically decrease in the next few decades, thanks to climate change. The 21st was joined by one of the report's authors, a representative from the a group advocating for migrant farm workers, and a worker health and safety advocate with a consumer advocacy organization.

Illinois House of Representatives Gallery

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The 21st Show - August 30, 2021

Roundtable: Illinois General Assembly Special Session

Illinois state lawmakers are returning to Springfield for a special session. We were joined by a group of reporters to discuss new legislative maps and a sweeping clean-energy proposal aimed at fighting climate change. 

People wear mask inside of Walgreens in Wheeling, Ill., Wednesday, Aug.18, 2021.

AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh

The 21st Show - August 26, 2021

Pritzker Reinstates Mask Mandate

On August 26, Governor JB Pritzker announced a reinstated mask mandate for all Illinoisans aged two and over in public indoor settings, in addition to making Illinois the seventh state in the nation to require teachers get vaccinated against COVID-19.

Four pitchers on the 1943 Rockford Peaches warming up.

National Baseball Hall of Fame

The 21st Show - August 26, 2021

Will Rockford Build A Women’s Baseball Museum?

For years, an organization known as the International Women’s Baseball Center has envisioned a women’s baseball museum on the grounds of Beyer Stadium — one that would honor the accomplishments of female baseball players like those of the Rockford Peaches. But as of now, plans for a museum are at a standstill.

An aerial shot of Peoria's South End where buyers from out of state have been buying dilapidated homes this summer

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The 21st Show - August 26, 2021

Peoria Real Estate Rush

For years, Peoria’s south end has been dying: decaying homes, a lack of investment, and fleeing residents, but this summer, buyers from all over America — some of whom had never even heard of Peoria — started buying up homes sight unseen. And that's raising concerns.

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