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October 15, 2019 - News Local/State

Live Blog: October Democratic Debate

Twelve candidates take the stage for October's Democratic primary debate, which begins at 7 p.m. CT. NPR reporters are posting context and analysis in real time.

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October 15, 2019 - The 21st Show

Illinois Education Report; Latinx Enrollment And Barriers In Higher Ed; Preserving And Repurposing Churches

Illinois has made progress on K-12 education in recent years, but there’s still more to be done in early childhood and higher education. We look at one report from the education non-profit Advance Illinois. We also talk about what it takes to help more Latinx community college students get the support they need to earn a degree. Plus, houses of worship have been closing all over the state. Now, there’s a movement of people who want to make sure that these buildings are still being used by their communities.

University of Illinois

October 15, 2019 - News Local/State

READ: University Of Illinois Report On Faculty Sexual Misconduct

The University of Illinois has released a 127-page report on faculty sexual misconduct on its Urbana-Champaign campus. The report includes 64 recommendations for policy changes, stemming from incidents involving faculty and staff over the past several years.

Democratic presidential candidates Joe Biden and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., connect before the September Democratic presidential primary debate.

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October 15, 2019 - News Local/State

7 Questions Ahead Of The Next Democratic Primary Debate

The focus of the last two weeks has been President Trump and the congressional impeachment inquiry. But Tuesday night, Democrats running for president will take center stage again.

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October 15, 2019 - News Local/State

Link Between Medicaid Expansion & Increased Opioid Deaths Not Supported By Data, New Study Finds

Some have blamed the expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act for helping fuel America’s opioid epidemic, noting how states that expanded the federal-state health insurance program for low-income people have seen higher rates of opioid overdose deaths. But a new study from the University of Illinois at Chicago casts doubt on this theory.

Danville Mayor Rickey Williams, Jr.

City of Danville

October 14, 2019 - News Local/State

Danville Mayor Confident Of Casino Success

The mayor of Danville lives near a Big Lots store, where a bus from East Peoria’s Par-A-Dice Casino regularly stops to pick up customers. Mayor Rickey Williams Junior says he hopes a casino planned for his eastern Illinois city will lead to other buses bringing out-of-towners to Danville instead.

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October 14, 2019 - The 21st Show

New Casinos Coming to Illinois; IL Museum Returns Objects To First Nations; The Ethical Conundrum of Anne and Ed Burke

Illinois approved six new casino licenses earlier this year and local leaders hope this will bring in more money for their communities. Today, what’s being planned in Rockford, Danville, and southern Illinois. Plus, the Illinois State Museum is part of a project to give Australian indigenous objects back to the first nations communities they came from. And, Anne and Ed Burke have had a lot of power in Illinois for a long time. We’ll talk about how the state Supreme Court justice and the Chicago alderman navigate possible conflicts of interest.

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