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September 06, 2019 - The 21st Show

A Special Edition Of The 21st: The Ellnora Guitar Festival

The Ellnora Guitar Festival brings in artists from around the world and also from right here in central Illinois. On Friday morning, we recorded a special edition of The 21st at the University of Illinois' Krannert Center For The Performing Arts, hosted by musician, journalist and former 21st producer Sean Neumann.


Elvis tribute artist Doug Church at the Lorraine Theatre, Hoopeston.

Save The Lorraine Foundation

September 06, 2019 - News Local/State

In Old Theatres, Some See Hope For Renewal

Across the country, local residents are working to restore rundown theatres to their old luster, often with the hope that their community will benefit as well.


Two books in a woman's hands.

Lee V. Gaines/Illinois Newsroom

September 06, 2019 - News Local/State

IDOC To Implement New Policy To Prevent Arbitrary Censorship Of Books

The Illinois Department of Corrections will implement a new publication review policy in October. The change comes after staff at the Danville Correctional Center removed more than 200 books from a college-in-prison program’s library at the facility earlier this year. 

IDOC Director Rob Jeffreys said the intention of the new policy is to prevent any arbitrary acts of censorship from playing out at state prisons. 


Artist rendering of the Stapleton airport redevelopment Project in Denver.

September 06, 2019 - News Local/State

Illinois Issues: TIF—The Swiss-Army Knife Development Tool

Analysis: University of Illinois Springfield Distinguished Public Finance Professor Kenneth Kriz co-edited a book that documents the evolution of tax increment financing, an economic and community development method widely used across the country, including in Illinois, which has more than 1,400 TIF districts in over 500 municipalities. Tax Increment Financing and Economic Development: Uses, Structures, and Impacts was recently published by SUNY Press.


Photo courtesy of Mark Nelson

September 05, 2019 - The 21st Show

Student Claymation Film ‘Estrella: An Asylum Seeker’s Story’; Active Shooter Drills In Schools; Children Weight-Loss App Backlash

A group of middle schoolers in Kewanee have made a claymation film for their art class. It follows 10-year-old asylum seeker Estrella on her way from El Salvador to the U.S. Plus, beginning this school year, Illinois students will be required to participate in active shooter drills. But some parents worry the drills may do more harm than good. And, last month, Weight Watchers released a weight loss app targeted at kids as young as eight years old. It caused a public outcry. We’ll discuss how we should talk about health and food with kids. 


Adam Paarlberg and medical assistant Ngun Tial demonstrate how the live interpreter MARTI system works.

Carter Barrett/Side Effects Public Media

September 05, 2019 - News Local/State

How Cultural Training Helps Doctors Treat Refugees

Across the United States, there’s a push to give new doctors cultural training to work with refugees and other immigrants. And some say it’s the difference between healthy and sick patients.


Allen Hall

Courtesy of University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

September 04, 2019 - News Local/State

UPDATE: U Of I Student No Longer Enrolled, Charged With Hate Crime After Noose Found In Dorm Elevator

The student accused of hanging a noose in an elevator at a University of Illinois residence hall in Urbana is no longer enrolled on campus. A U of I spokesperson would not comment on whether 19-year-old Andrew Smith had been expelled, saying federal privacy laws prevent the release of any additional information.


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