Legislatorsare considering whether to revise their states' anti-discrimination laws to ban bias in housing, employment and public accommodations based on hairstyles

AP Photo/Charlie Riedel

The 21st Show - May 20, 2021

Bill To Ban Hair Discrimination In Schools

An Illinois lawmaker wants to ban hair discrimination in schools. We’ll hear from a bill sponsor and the mother of a student who was ordered to take out his braids by at school.

An artist’s concept of what a watery planet might look like orbiting the twin suns we call Kepler-35A and B.

NASA/JPL-Caltech

The 21st Show - May 20, 2021

The Warmth of Two Suns

Scientists have discovered thousands of planets outside our solar system. Some of those are of the size and distance from the sun that they could have liquid water, and the possibility of Earth-like life. An Illinois researcher is contributing to that work by looking at whether there could be such planets orbiting solar systems with twin suns.

Candace Parker scored 16 points during her Chicago Sky debut Saturday, May 15, in a 70-56 road win over the Washington Mystics.

Daniel Kucin Jr./AP

The 21st Show - May 19, 2021

As WNBA Turns 25, Could Chicago Sky Win It All?

The WNBA recently kicked off its 25th anniversary season. And with the signing of veteran basketball star and Illinois-native Candace Parker, the Chicago Sky have a legitimate shot at the championship.

A recruiting poster for the Civilian Conservation Corps, produced by Albert Bender in 1941 under the Illinois WPA Art Project.

Library of Congress

The 21st Show - May 19, 2021

CCC in Illinois, Past and Future

The original Civilian Conservation Corps built bridges, lodges and other public works across Illinois, grand and small. Now the Biden administration wants to create a modern CCC — the Civilian Climate Corps. We look back at the history of the CCC in Illinois, and imagine the possibilities a future corps might bring.
 

The 21st Show - May 18, 2021

Keeping Women Out of Prison

Hundreds of experts, researchers and women who are incarcerated recently teamed up to come up with better ways to serve women in Illinois prisons, and reduce the female prison population in general.

The entrance to the annual Republican Day rally at the Illinois State Fair is shown in this file photo from August 15, 2019.

Brian Mackey/Illinois Public Radio

The 21st Show - May 18, 2021

Can Republicans Regain Power in Illinois?

Relegated to super-minority status in the General Assembly and Congressional delegation, do Illinois Republicans have a path back to power? Who will challenge Gov. J.B. Pritzker and U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth next year? And will Democrats pay a price for going it alone on drawing new legislative districts?

Amtrak's 15-year Connects US proposal calls for upgrading existing routes between Chicago and Quincy, St. Louis, and Carbondale; and expanding service to Rockford and the Quad Cities.

Amtrak

The 21st Show - May 17, 2021

Future of Trains in Illinois

Illinois is a transcontinental hub for railroads, and there could be major changes afoot in the industry with implications here. There’s talk of a merger on the freight side, and Amtrak recently announced a 15-year plan that would expand and enhance service across Illinois.

A sign warns visitors to mask before entering the Menards in Morris, Illinois, in June 2020.

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The 21st Show - May 17, 2021

CDC’s New Mask Guidance: Illinoisans Weigh In

The CDC last week announced fully vaccinated people can forgo their masks and social distancing in most indoor settings. We spoke with two Illinois epidemiologists and an infectious disease physician about the new guidelines. They also responded to listener calls, texts and voicemails.

The 21st Show - May 13, 2021

Black History Of Route 66

Two women from central and southern Illinois opened up the Route History museum in Springfield and are working to tell the stories of the tragedy, resilience, and excellence of Black people along the Historic Route 66.

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