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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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February 07, 2018

Understanding Bitcoin; Pharmacy Deserts; AG Candidate Erika Harold; Guns At State Parks

On The 21st: Bitcoin seems to be gaining popularity, but what exactly is it and how does it work? Also, we talk about pharmacy deserts and how they affect both rural and urban populations in our state. Plus, we continue our series of attorney general candidate interviews, today with Republican Erika Harold. And, we talk about the constitutionality of guns in and near state parks.  

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February 06, 2018

An Illinois Poverty Scorecard; People’s Gas Leak; AG Candidate Pat Quinn; Rural Economic Development

On The 21st: The gap between our wealthiest and poorest residents continues to grow in Illinois. Why aren't low-income families reaping the rewards of economic success? Plus, we talk about a 2016 gas leak that contaminated largest aquifer in east central Illinois. Also, we continue our interviews with attorney general candidates, and talk to Illinois Treasurer Mike Frerichs about an economic development program for rural Illinois. 

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February 05, 2018

We Need To Talk About Ordinary Abortions; AG Candidate Nancy Rotering; This Week In Campaign News

On The 21st: We speak with bioethicist, lawyer and author Katie Watson about her new book 'Scarlet A: The Ethics, Law and Politics of Ordinary Abortion.' Also, we continue our series of attorney general candidate interviews with Democratic candidate Nancy Rotering. Plus, we unpack the latest news in this year's gubernatorial race with Politico's Natasha Korecki.

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February 01, 2018

Mindfulness In Schools; What Is ‘Bioenergy?’; AG Candidate Aaron Goldstein; Senate Overrides Rauner

On The 21st: How are schools looking at mindfulness and meditation to help students succeed? Plus, the University of Illinois is launching a new 'bioenergy' center with $115 million from the Department of Energy. We'll also continue our interviews with candidates for Attorney General - this time with Democrat Aaron Goldstein. But first, the Illinois Senate overrode Gov. Rauner's amendatory veto of a 'trailer bill' for the state's education funding overhaul.

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January 31, 2018

Transgender Veterans; State Of The State; Attorney General Candidate Gary Grasso; Ramar The Gorilla

On The 21st: Last summer, President Trump's tweet that transgender individuals should be barred from military service triggered multiple lawsuits. But that ban has been stopped in its tracks, and the Pentagon is currently accepting transgender recruits. Plus, we talk to Chris Mooney about what to expect from Governor Rauner during the State of the State address. We also we learn more about the Brookfield Zoo's oldest animal, and kick off our series of interviews with candidates for Illinois Attorney General, starting with Republican Gary Grasso.

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