School buses in Springfield, Illinois

AP Photo/Seth Perlman

The 21st Show - September 23, 2021

Student Mental Health Days

In August, Governor J.B Pritzker signed a new bill that will allow students to take off up to five mental health days from school starting in January. We answered your questions about how these days would be implemented.

The 21st Show - September 22, 2021

Relationships In Black And White

A survey done by Pew Research Center showed that people who were Black believed that marrying someone outside of their race was generally a bad thing twice as much as people who were white. We talked with two essayists who recently wrote about interracial relationships. 

The city hall in Quincy, Illinois

The 21st Show - September 21, 2021

Would You Move To Quincy For $5,000?

Like a lot of places around the country, Quincy, Illinois, is struggling to fill jobs and has experienced population loss in recent years. The city's mayor and a new resident of Quincy joined The 21st today.

In this Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021 file photo, a security guard opens the door to the Whole Women's Health Clinic in Fort Worth, Texas. A Texas law banning most abortions in the state took effect at midnight.

AP Photo/LM Otero, File

The 21st Show - September 21, 2021

Illinois Reacts To Texas Abortion Law

After the most restrictive abortion restrictions in the country were allowed to go into effect in Texas, ripples are already being seen in the rest of the country, including in Illinois. We were joined by representatives from both sides of the issue.

Rachel Hulin

The 21st Show - September 20, 2021

Author Emily Oster Says Run Your Family Like A Business

Emily Oster is an economist, known for using data to apply rational thinking to everything from COVID risk to family matters, like pregnancy and parenting. She joined The 21st to talk about her latest book, “The Family Firm: A Data-Driven Guide to Better Decision Making in the Early School Years.”

The goats at Prairie Fruits Farm and Creamery in Champaign produce less milk when it’s hot.

Dana Cronin/Illinios Newsroom

The 21st Show - September 20, 2021

Protecting Livestock From Climate Change

Due to climate change, scientists believe summers in Illinois will likely have months of days with temperatures above 95 degrees. Already, farmers are making changes to keep their livestock safe in the heat.

Department of Children and Family Services building in Springfield

Capitol News Illinois file photo

The 21st Show - September 16, 2021

How DCFS Is Failing Spanish-Speaking Families

Despite a court order, Illinois’ child-welfare agency continues to fail Spanish-speaking families; that’s the conclusion of an investigation by ProPublica. We talked with one of the reporters behind the story.

The coal in Sangamon County, wind turbines in Vermillion County, and the Clinton Nuclear Power Station in De Witt County will all be affected by Illinois' new clean energy bill.

Reginald Hardwick/Illinois Newsroom

The 21st Show - September 15, 2021

New Energy Legislation in Illinois

Illinois lawmakers have approved major changes in the way the state gets its electricity. Nuclear power plants will be kept online, and solar and wind developments will continue to grow. Meanwhile, coal and natural gas power plants are expected to gradually be taken offline.

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