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News Local/State - April 05, 2021

WATCH LIVE: Pritzker’s April 5 Education Update

WATCH LIVE:  At 1:30 p.m. today Gov. Pritzker is holding a press briefing in Champaign to discuss what K-12 students returning to the classroom could look like in Illinois

The 21st Show - April 05, 2021

Rebroadcast: Author Explains How To Prepare For Climate Change

Many scientists worry that the Earth is on a collision course with climate change and it will have irreversible, deadly consequences. The 21st revisits a conversation with author David Pogue on adapting to our changing climate, as well as increasing mitigation efforts.

Reginald Hardwick/Illinois Newsroom

The 21st Show - April 01, 2021

Easter In The Black Church

Easter Sunday is this weekend. For many Black churches it is the biggest Sunday service of the year. Some Easter traditions go back culturally to Africa and the period of enslavement in America.

Zainab Qureshi/Illinois Newsroom

The 21st Show - April 01, 2021

Revenge Bedtime Procrastination

Are you having a hard time sleeping at night? Perhaps you're engaging in a phenomena called “revenge bedtime procrastination.” An expert told us how to get a better night's rest.

Joe Pell/Flickr

The 21st Show - April 01, 2021

Lead in Illinois Water

Flint, Michigan is known for its water crisis, but the tap water problem is a more pervasive issue than it may seem. In East Moline, one home was found with 3,000 parts per billion of lead in it’s tap water. Other communities where dangerous levels of lead in tap water have been found include Rockford, Joliet, University Park, and Elgin, Illinois.

Handicapped Development Center

The 21st Show - March 31, 2021

Vaccines Offer Hope to Handicapped Development Center

Social distancing and the closure of non-essential businesses in March 2020 was especially difficult for those living with an intellectual disability.  A set routine is important to their development of vocational, personal skills and mental health. But the COVID-19 vaccine offers hope for the future.


The 21st Show - March 31, 2021

Growing Teacher Shortage In Illinois

The COVID-19 pandemic is worsening Illinois’ teacher shortage. One in three teachers polled in a recent survey say they’re considering leaving the profession. 

The 21st Show - March 30, 2021

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Kourtney Redmond is the president of the 761st Gun Club. Among other things, the organization teaches gun owners how to use and care for their weapons.

Olivia Obineme for NPR

The 21st Show - March 30, 2021

Black Gun Ownership On The Rise

In the first half of 2020, gun retailers saw the greatest increase in sales to Black customers. The 21st spoke to the president of the 761st Gun Club about what it’s like being a Black gun owner in Illinois and preserving the rights of gun ownership.

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