House Speaker Michael Madigan

Brian Mackey

The 21st Show - September 14, 2020

Reporter Roundtable: Madigan Updates & Campaigns

Near the end of last week, a bipartisan panel of members of the Illinois House met to consider misconduct charges against the speaker of the Illinois House. A day later, a longtime Democratic State Senator stepped down, the result of a federal tax evasion case. 

Maria Fabrizio for NPR

The 21st Show - September 10, 2020

Ways To Help A Loved One At Risk Of Suicide

September is Suicide Prevention Month, and we wanted to offer some hope and solutions. The 21st is joined by a professor of pyschology, a member of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and the founder of Angel Forever Foundation Suicide Prevention in Champaign, Illinois to hear more about how addressing the stigma around mental health is one thing we can do to help save lives. 

Maria Fabrizio for NPR

The 21st Show - September 10, 2020

Depression and Suicide Rates Increasing In Illinois

According to a Boston University School of Public Health study published last week by the JAMA Network, prevalence of depression symptoms has risen 3 times higher during the COVID-19 pandemic compared to before. The 21st spoke to the lead author of the study as well as a reporter following the rise of suicide among Black people.

The 21st Show - September 09, 2020

The Free Press Versus The West Wing

As long as there have been presidents of the United States, there have been presidents complaining about their coverage in the press. The 21st spoke to an author to discuss the relationship between the free press and the west wing from the early years of American history.

State Sen. Elgie Sims

NPR Illinois

The 21st Show - September 09, 2020

Interview: State Sen. Elgie Sims, D-Chicago

Recently, the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus announced a plan aimed at helping dismantle systemic racism. The 21st speaks asked State Sen. Sims why it's important to his caucus. 

The 21st Show - September 08, 2020

Illinois Ties To ‘Lovecraft Country’

The new HBO series Lovecraft Country sets Black protagonists in 1950’s and 60’s America, as they confront monsters, both the imaginary kind, but also the very real racist kind. We talk about the plot, Illinois places where the film was shot and initial response to the series.

The Dakota Access Pipeline is one of several major pipelines running through south-central Illinois to the oil terminal hub in Patoka.

Lecia Bushak/Illinois Newsroom

The 21st Show - September 08, 2020

Dakota Access Pipeline Faces Legal Challenge In Illinois

You're probably familiar with protests over the Dakota Access Pipeline in the Standing Rock Indian Reservation. But there's a legal challenge in Illinois. Our state is challenging a proposal that would double the amount of oil flowing through the pipeline, which ends in south-central Illinois.

Theresa Thompson

The 21st Show - September 03, 2020

Answering Your Mail-In Voting FAQ

President Trump continues to cast doubt on voting by mail this election season. But it’s something both Democrats AND Republicans have embraced in Illinois. The 21st speaks to two top election officials from the state, and county levels to answer listeners questions about the process and how ballots are counted. 

The 21st Show - September 03, 2020

The Politics of Voting By Mail

Election season is here, and with COVID-19, more people than ever are expected to vote by mail. The 21st is joined by a state representative and the chairman of Vote Yes for Fairness to discuss the importance of being able to vote by mail.

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