RACES, the Urbana-based agency offering help for rape victims in Champaign, Douglas, Ford and Piatt counties, has a new executive director, who vows to restore the services it was forced to cut due to the state budget impasse.
On this encore edition of The 21st: We spoke with the father of Gabby Galbo, who died of sepsis at age 5, and learned how a new law aims to prevent needless death. We also talked about why you should start making plans now for next year's total eclipse.
An Urbana woman has started an online petition asking local government officials to reopen the emergency shelter beds at the TIMES Center, citing the tax dollars used to build the center for that purpose. But the executive director of Rosecrance Champaign-Urbana, the non-profit that owns and operates the facility, says that's no longer a possibility.
Teenagers are texting while behind the wheel, despite the law prohibiting it. And that's not all they're doing. The survey from State Farm Insurancefound 80 percent of teens say they use their smartphones while driving. Along with sending text messages, they're using the phone for other purposes, including playing games.
On the 21st: We talked with researchers and health professionals about the rise in antibiotic-resistant infections and the role of the microbiome in overall health. Plus, we checked in with political reporters to discuss Illinois politics and Governor Rauner's visit to celebrate the newly elevated Cardinal Cupich.
The second medical marijuana dispensary to open in Champaign County is now seeing its first customers. Nu Med is located at 105 East University in Urbana, the site of a former Blockbuster Video location. It joins Champaign-based Phoenix Botanical as the two dispensaries allowed by the state's pilot program in State Police District 10, which includes Champaign, Vermilion, and seven other Central Illinois counties.
On the 21st: We continued our conversation on issues that are important to American voters. Plus, we talked about how shootings are reported in media and discussed within the community. Later, Aamer Madhani joined us for an update on the Chicago Cubs' playoff run.