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February 08, 2018

Sen. Durbin On Immigration; Marijuana And Pain; AG Candidate Sharon Fairley; Chicago Block Club

On The 21st: Senator Dick Durbin tells us about the spending deal that Congress will vote on today - and what's he's hoping to see from the Senate's debate on immigration policy and DACA next week. Plus, Illinois Public Media and Side Effects Public Media reporter Christine Herman joins us to talk about whether marijuana is a viable way to treat chronic pain. We also continue our series of interviews with candidates for attorney general, and hear about a news non-profit in Chicago that has raised nearly $120,000 in three days.


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February 07, 2018

Understanding Bitcoin; Pharmacy Deserts; AG Candidate Erika Harold; Guns At State Parks

On The 21st: Bitcoin seems to be gaining popularity, but what exactly is it and how does it work? Also, we talk about pharmacy deserts and how they affect both rural and urban populations in our state. Plus, we continue our series of attorney general candidate interviews, today with Republican Erika Harold. And, we talk about the constitutionality of guns in and near state parks.  


Atchison-Holt EMT Keaton Shaw radios to dispatch that his ambulance is on the scene.
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February 07, 2018

Rural Ambulances Make Do While Waiting for Congress To Renew Funding

In recent budget battles, Congress failed to renew a group of funding measures that many rural communities rely on. These funds keep rural hospitals, clinics, home health care services and ambulances operating. And unless lawmakers vote to extend them this week, many providers could struggle to serve their patients.


Participants in a poverty simulation
Lee V. Gaines/Illinois Newsroom
February 07, 2018

Schools Are Using Poverty Simulations To Build Empathy. But Do They Work?

About 100 teachers and support staff recently gathered in a junior high school in central Illinois to take on the roles of people living in poverty. It’s part of a poverty simulation used by schools across the country that’s supposed to challenge stereotypes. But some say it takes more than a one-time simulation to change attitudes and behaviors.


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