Anne Polston holds her 2-year-old granddaughter.

Lisa Gillespie/Side Effects Public Media

May 15, 2019 - News Local/State

Grandparents Are Raising Their Grandkids. Blame Opioids.

About 100,000 Kentucky children are being raised by people other than their parents – a number that puts Kentucky above all other states. Many of these cases are because of issues stemming the opioid epidemic: incarceration, abuse or neglect; and a great number of grandparents are raising these children. This can put a grandparent in a difficult situation in a state where many people live in poverty and have big health issues.


Seth Wenig/AP

May 14, 2019 - The 21st Show

Measles Risk In Cook County; How 5G Works; Flight 191 Crash 40 Years Later

Cook County has been named number one on a list of most at risk for the next measles outbreak. What does that mean for the rest of Illinois? Plus, we'll talk about what 5G might do in the ever-changing world of wireless technology. And, we remember the 40th anniversary of the crash of Flight 191. We'll speak with Kim Jockl, who lost her parents in the crash and organized a memorial in their honor.


State Representatives Delia Ramirez and Elizabeth Hernandez, who sponsored the bill, flank advocates Myles Brady Davis (left) and Rowan Ewangan from Equality Illinois, who helped lobby for its passage.

Equality Illinois

May 14, 2019 - News Local/State

IL Lawmakers Approve Expanding MAP Grant Eligibility

Illinois' MAP grants — the monetary award program for low-income college students — would be available to more students if a bill approved by the legislature this month becomes law.


The Vermilion Power Station

Jack Brighton/Illinois Public Media

May 13, 2019 - News Local/State

Senate Bill Proposes Statewide Solution To Coal Ash Problem

Coal ash is one of the largest types of industrial waste generated in the U.S., according to the EPA. And some Illinois lawmakers say the state has a coal ash problem. 


Lauren Bavis/Side Effects Public Media

May 13, 2019 - The 21st Show

Getting Mental Health Help as a Refugee; Politicians and Fashion; Illinois Politics Update

Immigrants and refugees who have fled violence can have a hard time getting mental health care in the U.S. We speak with one man in Indiana working to change that. Plus, politicians are out in public all the time and the days of just business casual or black tie are long gone. But first, Democrats want more revenue for the state and gambling is a big piece of the puzzle, whether it’s video gaming or legal sports betting. We’ll talk about that as lawmakers approach crunch time in the Statehouse.


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