Entrance to the Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse in downtown Peoria.

Tanya Koonce/Illinois Public Media

June 18, 2019 - News Local/State

Jury Gets Physical Evidence In Christensen Trial

Testimony resumes Wednesday afternoon in U.S. District Court in Peoria, in the capital murder trial of Brendt Christensen. The former grad student is accused of kidnapping and killing University of Illinois visiting scholar Yingying Zhang of China in 2017.

A crowd holds rainbow flags as they watch the 48th Annual Chicago Pride Parade on Sunday, June 25, 2017 in Chicago.

AP Photo/G-Jun Yam

June 18, 2019 - The 21st Show

When Companies Profit From Pride Month; Health Data Breaches; What Podcasts We’re Listening To

June is Pride Month, and you may have seen hundreds of big box stores selling rainbow merchandise. But when did pride become profitable, and where do brands actually stand on LGBTQ issues? Plus, thousands of Illinois patients have been affected by data breaches in the last year. We’ll talk about what hospitals are doing about it and how you can protect your information. And we’re continuing our weeklong series featuring podcasts you can listen to this summer.

A mother with her two children.

Annie E. Casey Foundation

June 18, 2019 - News Local/State

Report Highlights Racial Inequities Among Children

Looking at the well-being of Illinois’ children through a racial lens shows big disparities, according to the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s annual KIDS count report.

Charles Rex Arbogast/AP

June 17, 2019 - The 21st Show

Where Illinois Emissions Come From; News Podcasts For The Summer; Midwest Earthquakes

Cars and trucks recently surpassed coal as the number one source of emissions in Illinois. We’ll talk about what led to this shift and what policies Illinois should put in place. Plus, one of the largest earthquakes recorded in the U.S. happened in the Midwest in 1811. So how likely are earthquakes in the Midwest today? And, you might be on the hunt for news podcasts to listen to during your summer travels. We’ve got some recommendations for you during a summer podcast series we’re doing all week.

Courtesy of Ray Graham Association

June 17, 2019 - News Local/State

Disability Rights Advocates: Staffing Crisis Will Worsen Despite Rate Increase In State Budget

The Illinois budget that goes into effect July 1st includes a 3.5% rate increase for state-funded agencies that provide services to people with disabilities. But after more than a decade with no significant rate increases, some who work in the disabilities services sector say the new funding is not enough to ensure people with disabilities get the care they need.

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