On the 21st: We learned about a proposed bill that would limit the use of property confiscation by police. Plus, we discussed books Illinois colleges are assigning incoming freshmen and heard transgender military members' responses to President Trump's comments about potentially banning them from service.
A website that popped up this month asks a question as its URL: arethereanywomenrunningforilgovernor.com. It then very simply answers it with a bright red "NO." A group of professional women in the state are behind the effort to draw attention to the issue.
On the 21st: After reading a story on the back of a Clif Bar wrapper about an adventurous guy and his guy friends, Kerry Gross decided the world needed to hear more stories about inspriring women. We checked in with her during her coast-to-coast biking adventure ahead of her visit to Illinois. Plus — reports of elder abuse have increased in Illinois. We also take a listen to Steve Leaf and the Ex-Pats new album.
The General Assembly passed legislation aimed at strengthening hate crime laws after a post-presidental-campaign spike in bias incidents. Gov. Bruce Rauner and Attorney General Lisa Madigan each pushed a separate piece of hate crime legislation. Both sailed through the General Assembly.
On the 21st: We learned about a program led by Democratic Congresswoman Cheri Bustos aimed at getting more women to run for office. Plus, we began our week-long series on the opioid crisis in Illinois with a look at how funding shortages have affected providers across the state.
On the 21st: We checked in with areas of the state affected by Tuesday night's severe weather and discussed the impact of the Trump administration's travel ban on health care, with a focus on rural and under-served areas. We also continued our series on sexual assault on college campuses with a discussion about Title IX and got the latest on State Farm's losses pertaining to auto insurance.