A recruiting poster for the Civilian Conservation Corps, produced by Albert Bender in 1941 under the Illinois WPA Art Project.

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The 21st Show - May 19, 2021

CCC in Illinois, Past and Future

The original Civilian Conservation Corps built bridges, lodges and other public works across Illinois, grand and small. Now the Biden administration wants to create a modern CCC — the Civilian Climate Corps. We look back at the history of the CCC in Illinois, and imagine the possibilities a future corps might bring.

The 21st Show - May 18, 2021

Keeping Women Out of Prison

Hundreds of experts, researchers and women who are incarcerated recently teamed up to come up with better ways to serve women in Illinois prisons, and reduce the female prison population in general.

The entrance to the annual Republican Day rally at the Illinois State Fair is shown in this file photo from August 15, 2019.

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The 21st Show - May 18, 2021

Can Republicans Regain Power in Illinois?

Relegated to super-minority status in the General Assembly and Congressional delegation, do Illinois Republicans have a path back to power? Who will challenge Gov. J.B. Pritzker and U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth next year? And will Democrats pay a price for going it alone on drawing new legislative districts?

Amtrak's 15-year Connects US proposal calls for upgrading existing routes between Chicago and Quincy, St. Louis, and Carbondale; and expanding service to Rockford and the Quad Cities.


The 21st Show - May 17, 2021

Future of Trains in Illinois

Illinois is a transcontinental hub for railroads, and there could be major changes afoot in the industry with implications here. There’s talk of a merger on the freight side, and Amtrak recently announced a 15-year plan that would expand and enhance service across Illinois.

A sign warns visitors to mask before entering the Menards in Morris, Illinois, in June 2020.

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The 21st Show - May 17, 2021

CDC’s New Mask Guidance: Illinoisans Weigh In

The CDC last week announced fully vaccinated people can forgo their masks and social distancing in most indoor settings. We spoke with two Illinois epidemiologists and an infectious disease physician about the new guidelines. They also responded to listener calls, texts and voicemails.

The 21st Show - May 13, 2021

Black History Of Route 66

Two women from central and southern Illinois opened up the Route History museum in Springfield and are working to tell the stories of the tragedy, resilience, and excellence of Black people along the Historic Route 66.

The 21st Show - May 12, 2021

The Show Must Go On

Musicians across Illinois, like those around the world, have been finding ways to adapt to life in a pandemic. Whether with masks and distancing or perfecting their virtual performances, the show has gone on.

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The 21st Show - May 12, 2021

What Is Zakat?

Many of the traditions around the holy month of Ramadan had to be modified this year; physical distancing made it impossible for many to gather with family and friends to break fast at the end of each day. However, some aspects remain of Ramadan remained unchanged, including the idea of Zakat. The 21st was joined by a Sheikh from an Illinois mosque to hear more about the meaning of Zakat and how the pandemic affected celebrations this year.

The 21st Show - May 12, 2021

Interview: Rita Ali, Peoria Mayor

History was made in the chambers of the Peoria City Council when Rita Ali was sworn in as the city’s mayor; Mayor Ali is the first woman, the first person of color, and the first African American elected to that job. The 21st was joined by Ali to talk about vaccine hesitancy, racial segregation in Peoria and other issues the community is facing. 

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