A screen shot of a TikTok video with Angie Ostaszewski (head picture) giving a virtual tour of a home for sale in Peoria.

The 21st Show - June 21, 2021

TikTok Host Helping Move People To Peoria

A woman on Tiktok has named herself as Peoria’s “fan girl” and has been posting videos of affordable houses in town for sale. She has gained thousands of followers and influenced more than 20 people to move to Peoria.

Smoke from the Chemtool industrial fire in Rockton on June 14, 2021.

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The 21st Show - June 21, 2021

Rockton Residents Reflect on Chemical Fire

Residents in Rockton were displaced from their homes last week after a fire broke out at the Chemtool plant. Two residents discussed evacuating, lingering questions about air quality and debris from the explosion containing lead and other pollutants.

Smoke from the Chemtool industrial fire in Rockton on June 14, 2021.

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The 21st Show - June 21, 2021

The Latest: Chemtool Chemical Plant Fire

A massive fire broke out at a Chemtool plant in Rockton on June 14, 2021, destroying the chemical plant. The fire is still burning a week later. The 21st spoke to two Illinois reporters about what environmental and public health concerns are posed by this fire. 

Left: Reginald Hardwick, Right: Elzie Johnson

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The 21st Show - June 17, 2021

Gaining Family Again After 48 Years

The 21st spoke to an Illinois man, born to an American serviceman in Vietnam, who connected with his birth father through DNA testing — only to find out they'd been living less than 100 miles away from each other. They joined The 21st to speak about meeting after 48 years.

Left: Jordan Alvarez, Right: Adam Ballard

The 21st Show - June 17, 2021

Perspective On Fatherhood In 2021

With Father's Day around the corner, The 21st spoke to two fathers across Illinois to hear about what fatherhood means to them in 2021. 

The 21st Show - June 16, 2021

Rebroadcast: Lincoln’s Thoughts Documented Through Archived Scraps of Paper

Through fragmented notes left on scraps of paper, Lincoln aimed to document his best thoughts that could later come in handy when he needed to write a speech or lay down his arguments in debates. Over 100 of these notes have been archived and are considered the closest thing to a diary by author Ronald C. White. White joined The 21st to further discuss Lincoln's documented thoughts. 

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The 21st Show - June 16, 2021

Why Are the Ice Cream Machines Always McBroken?

The internet is full of memes poking fun at how often McDonald’s ice cream machines seem to be broken — but there may be some truth to the McBroken stereotype. The 21st spoke to a technology reporter about this cold case of failing ice cream machines and what’s behind it. 

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