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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.

Peoria federal courthouse sign.

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June 14, 2019 - News Local/State

Jury Hears Recording Of Christensen Describing Zhang Murder

Audio and video recordings were played for a federal jury in the murder-kidnapping trial of Brendt Christensen on Friday --- including a recording of Christensen’s chilling account of how he kidnapped and murdered Yingying Zhang, a promising young environmental engineer from China in June 2017. Please note: the details that follow could be disturbing.

Brendt Christensen

Macon County Jail

June 14, 2019 - News Local/State

Christensen Trial Continues With 3rd Day Of Testimony

UPDATE: In an unexpected development Friday morning, public defenders representing Brendt Christensen asked the judge in his kidnapping-murder trial to disregard the notion that Christensen may have killed other victims.

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June 13, 2019 - The 21st Show

Flying On A B-17 World War II Bomber; Marilyn Webb Receives Her Ph.D., 52 Years Later

Last week marked the 75th anniversary of D-Day. We take a flight in one of the last B-17 bombers still in the air and talk to Illinois veterans about their memories of World War II. Plus, Marilyn Webb has been a writer, educator and professor, but she never got to finish her doctorate. Back in the sixties, her male professors sexually harassed her and she eventually left her program. 52 years later she’s finally getting her Ph.D. from UChicago. 

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