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May 20, 2019 - The 21st Show

House Republican Leader Jim Durkin; Medicaid Backlog; ‘Ms. Blakk For President’ at Steppenwolf

State lawmakers have just two weeks to decide how they’ll move forward with several pieces of legislation. House Republican Leader Jim Durkin joins us to share his priorities. Plus, a southern Illinois mother faced thousands of dollars in hospital bills for her newborn because of Medicaid enrollment delays. She’s one of more than 112,000 who are facing problems with the program in Illinois. A new play at Steppenwolf explores the story of Ms. Joan Jett Blakk- a Chicago drag queen who ran for president in 1992.


Karen Simms

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May 20, 2019 - News Local/State

How Communities Can Support People Suffering In The Aftermath Of Violence

Losing a loved one to gun violence can cause anxiety, stress and other mental health symptoms; and simply living in an environment where violence is taking place can do the same. But experts say early intervention and support can help prevent some of those negative, long-term consequences. A new effort in east-central Illinois aims to provide near-immediate support to individuals who may be struggling.


Jennifer Ivory-Tatum behind a desk speaking to the Urbana District 116 School Board with meeting attendees seated behind her.

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May 20, 2019 - News Local/State

Urbana School District 116 Hires New Superintendent

The Urbana District 116 School Board voted unanimously Sunday night to appoint Jennifer Ivory-Tatum as the new superintendent of schools. Ivory-Tatum previously worked in both Urbana and Champaign Unit 4 schools. She’s leaving her position as assistant superintendent of curriculum, instruction and assessment at Unit 4 to take the job in Urbana.


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May 20, 2019 - News Local/State

Ammons Wants Stronger Reforms In Cannabis Bill

State Representative Carol Ammons said during a recent interview it will be difficult for her to get behind a proposed bill to legalize cannabis without significant changes to the legislation.


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