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May 21, 2019 - The 21st Show

Farming, Wet Weather And Trade; A ‘Reverse Great Migration’; Attorney General Kwame Raoul

Planting season in Illinois has been massively delayed as we face one of the wettest springs in more than a century. So, how are farmers coping with all of this uncertainty? Plus, African-Americans have been moving out of Chicago for years, not just to suburbs or other parts of Illinois, but also to areas in the South. And, Attorney General Kwame Raoul tells us why he's worried that alternative energy suppliers are preying on consumers and charging high utility bills.

The Vermilion Power Station

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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. 

Workers install solar panels on the roof of the Anita Purves Nature Center, at Crystal Lake Park in Urbana.

Urbana Park District

March 27, 2019 - News Local/State

Nature Center In Urbana Gets Solar Power

The Anita Purves Nature Center is the latest building in Champaign-Urbana to go solar. Solar panels are being installed this week on the nature center, located on the north end of Urbana’s Crystal Lake Park.

Solar panels at the new University of Illinois Solar Farm.

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March 05, 2019 - The 21st Show

Farmers And Solar; Illinois Election Security; Indiana’s Hate Crime Bill; Peru’s Endangered Penguins

On the 21st: More farmers are installing solar panels on their land - in part because crop prices are falling and the state is providing incentives. But some worry that it’s a waste of Illinois’ fertile soil. And, funding for federal elections has gone down in Illinois over the years. Plus, the debate over a hate crimes bill has put Republican lawmakers on one side, and Indiana’s Republican governor on the other. And find out what two U of I alums are doing to save endangered penguins.

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