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June 12, 2019 - The 21st Show

Senator Dick Durbin; Age-Friendly Cities And Towns; When There Are Too Many Tourists

Eighteen years ago, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin introduced the DREAM Act. And last week, the Democratically controlled House passed the latest version of that bill. We talk about that and other issues facing Congress. And, Americans older than 65 will become our largest age group within 20 years. Advocates say that means it’s time to rethink the way we design our local communities. Plus, have you heard of the idea of overtourism? That’s when too many people are visiting the same spots. We'll be speaking about what you can do about it.


NPR Illinois

June 10, 2019 - News Local/State

Illinoisans To Pay More Tax When Shopping Online

Illinoisans are likely to have to pay more sales tax when shopping online after state lawmakers made two big changes to tax rules. State tax collections are expected to increase by $288 million this year.


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June 06, 2019 - The 21st Show

Under The Radar Bills; Purchased Lives At The Holocaust Museum; Chicago Summer Music

There are more than 70,000 people in the trucking industry here in Illinois. How will the doubling of the gas tax affect them? That’s one of hundreds of bills passed this legislative session under the radar. We’ll talk about some of them. Also, we’ll get a tour of the Illinois Holocaust Museum’s newest exhibit. It focuses on the dangerous journeys that slaves made after they already got to America. And, it finally feels like summer! We’ve got a preview of some great summer music acts for you to check out.


House Speaker Michael Madigan speaking to colleagues and Governor J.B. Pritzker

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June 02, 2019 - News Local/State

Budget Done — Building And Gambling Plans To Go

Illinoisans will soon pay more for gasoline and cigarettes. Those are just two tax increases needed to pay for a $45 billion infrastructure plan, which includes money from sports betting and additional casinos.


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