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February 20, 2018

Engineer, Former State Lawmaker, Tom Berns Dies At Age 72

Friends of former state representative Tom Berns say his one term in the Illinois House was only a small part of his public service.

Berns, who died Monday at age 72, was elected to the Illinois House 104th District in 2000, succeeding Republican Tim Johnson, who left to serve in the U.S. House. 


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February 20, 2018

Power of Teen Activism; New Legionnaires Cases; Violence in Movies; Gov. Candidate Jeanne Ives

On The 21st: Teen girls around the country are leading the charge for change in their communities. Now more than ever, publications like Teen Vogue and Rookie Mag are adapting to this new wave of "girls media." Plus, we get the latest on more legionnaires cases at the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy. Also, we hear from Chicago Tribune film critic Michael Phillips about why he's tired of gun violence in movies. And, we continue our series of gubernatorial candidate interviews with Jeanne Ives. 


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February 15, 2018

Reactions To Gov. Rauner’s Budget Address; Trump’s ‘Harvest Box’ Plan; AG Candidate Scott Drury

On the 21st: Reactions from Senate President John Cullerton, Rep. David Harris, and WBEZ political reporter Tony Arnold on Gov. Rauner's budget address. Plus, Dr. Craig Gundersen from the University of Illinois talks about President Trump's plan to convert electronic food benefits to boxes of packaged food. We also conclude our interviews with candidates for attorney general with state representative Scott Drury. 


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February 13, 2018

The ‘Radium Girls’; Illinois Politics Update; Snow Salt Alternatives; AG Candidate Kwame Raoul

On the 21st: We continue our week in Springfield, today from the WUIS studios. We hear about the 'Radium Girls' of Ottawa, Illinois and the health problems that they suffered after working at the Illinois Radium Dial company. Plus, your Illinois politics update on the eve of the budget address. Also, what alternatives are there to using salt to melt ice in the winter? And, we continue our series of attorney general interviews, this time with Sen. Kwame Raoul. 


Robin Linn/Illinois Public Media

February 12, 2018

The 21st In Springfield: Live From The Lincoln Presidential Museum

On The 21st: Our first show from our week in Springfield, broadcast from the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. We talked with the museum's executive director about how they're celebrating Illinois' Bicentennial. Also, we learned more about the official bicentennial beer from Hand of Fate Brewing Company and heard music from the "Dulcimer Guy," Mike Anderson. Plus, we talk with the some of the participants in the museum's art contest. 


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February 09, 2018

Sondheim’s ‘Assassins’ In Urbana; Lessons From The Marriage Doctor; AG Candidate Renato Mariotti

On The 21st: We talk with director J.W. Morrissette about the Sondheim musical 'Assassins,' which is showing at the Krannert Center for Performing Arts in Urbana. Also, we get a few lessons from the marriage doctor Eli Finkel. Plus, we air the latest in our series of attorney general candidate interviews, this time with Renato Mariotti. 


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February 08, 2018

Sen. Durbin On Immigration; Marijuana And Pain; AG Candidate Sharon Fairley; Chicago Block Club

On The 21st: Senator Dick Durbin tells us about the spending deal that Congress will vote on today - and what's he's hoping to see from the Senate's debate on immigration policy and DACA next week. Plus, Illinois Public Media and Side Effects Public Media reporter Christine Herman joins us to talk about whether marijuana is a viable way to treat chronic pain. We also continue our series of interviews with candidates for attorney general, and hear about a news non-profit in Chicago that has raised nearly $120,000 in three days.


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