The 21st Show - March 04, 2021

Food Deserts in Southern Illinois

Many counties in Southern Illinois are facing challenges getting access to fresh and affordable food. This problem was here before the pandemic and now it has been heightened even more by COVID-19. 

Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL)

The 21st Show - March 04, 2021

Interview: Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL)

Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) is now chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. He joined The 21st to discuss a busy week in Washington, including his questions about the January 6 siege on the US Capitol.

The 21st Show - March 03, 2021

COVID-19 Cases Post Vaccine

President Joe Biden says the U.S. expects to take delivery of enough coronavirus vaccine for all adults by the end of May. Despite the stepped-up pace of vaccine production, the work of inoculating Americans could extend well into the summer. We looked into vaccine distribution here in Illinois.

University of Illinois

The 21st Show - March 02, 2021

Dolphin Sounds in the Mississippi River in Illinois

Carp are considered an invasive species in Illinois because they compete with native species and can destroy habitats. Scientists are working to keep these carp out of the Great Lakes. To tell us more about the new acoustic deterrent system, The 21st was joined by a USGS Scientist and the lead of the Bioacoustics team with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

 A man holds a portrait of late Vichar Ratanapakdee, left, a 84-year-old immigrant from Thailand, who was violently shoved to the ground in a deadly attack in San Francisco, during a community rally to raise awareness of anti-Asian violence and racist attitudes, in response to the string of violent racist attacks against Asians during the pandemic, held at Los Angeles Historic Park near the Chinatown district in Los Angeles, Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021.

AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes

The 21st Show - March 02, 2021

The Rise of Anti-Asian Violence

Since the start of the pandemic, attacks against Asian Americans have been on the rise nationally and here in Illinois. The 21st spoke with a researcher and an anti-hate training coordinator about these hateful incidents.

The IRS will begin accepting tax returns on Feb. 12, 2021.

AP Photo/Keith Srakocic

The 21st Show - March 01, 2021

Doing Your Taxes in a Pandemic

Many people rely on free, in-person filing help to get the most out of their federal return. In a pandemic though, many people could miss out on help when they need it most. The 21st was joined by two Illinois accountants and answer some listener questions.

Shown above are power lines in Houston. A Democratic senator is calling for federal investigations into possible price gouging of natural gas in the Midwest and other regions following severe winter storms that plunged Texas and other states into a deep freeze that caused power outages in million of homes and businesses.

AP Photo/David J. Phillip

The 21st Show - March 01, 2021

Illinois Energy Preparedness

The electrical grid and energy system in Texas were not ready for the polar vortex and climate change means extreme weather events are going to become more common. What about here in Illinois and the Midwest — how resilient is our power supply? 

Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi, a Democrat from Schamburg, questions Postmaster General Louis DeJoy during a House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing on the Postal Service in this file photo from Aug. 24, 2020.

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The 21st Show - February 25, 2021

Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi on Stimulus Checks, COVID Relief, and Problems at the Post Office

Illinois Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi, who represents the northwest suburbs of Chicago, joined The 21st to talk about the next round of COVID relief being considered this week in the U.S. House, including $1,400 stimulus checks, an extension of enhanced unemployment benefits, and aid for state and local governments; plus increasing attacks on Americans of Asian descent, and problems at the U.S. Postal Service.

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