State Senator Thomas Cullerton.

Seth Perlman/AP

August 17, 2019 - News Local/State

State Senator Pleads Not Guilty To Embezzlement

State Senator Thomas Cullerton has pleaded not guilty to federal charges alleging he took more than $250,000 in salary and benefits over three years from the Teamsters while doing little or no work.


Mary Hansen / NPR Illinois

August 16, 2019 - News Local/State

State Fair’s Ethnic Village Getting Rebrand

Just inside the main gate of the Illinois State Fair sits a cluster of white booths around a gazebo. At the entrances, signs read “Ethnic Village.” For nearly 40 years, fair-goers have found food from around the world as well as music and other performances. But this is the last year it will have that name.


Courtesy of the Education Justice Project

August 15, 2019 - News Local/State

The Reason Why Hundreds Of Books Were Removed From An Illinois Prison Library

Earlier this year, hundreds of books were removed from the college in prison program’s library inside the educational wing of the Danville prison. Documents obtained by Illinois Newsroom shine a light on why the books were removed, and who was responsible for their removal.


Soil Carbon Cowboys

August 15, 2019 - The 21st Show

ENCORE: ‘Soil Carbon Cowboys’ Documentary; Seafood From The Midwest; Forgotten Desserts

Cattle are a big source of greenhouse gas emissions. But if you graze them differently, it’s possible that all these cows could actually help the environment. Plus, when you think about Midwest food, there’s cheese, corn, soy... but what about shrimp? Scientists and farmers have been exploring raising saltwater fish in states like Illinois. And, recipes can be a way to remember our family, our friends and even our roots. We talk to food writer Niki Davis about sweets that may not be trendy, but taste like classics.


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