Federal courthouse in Peoria.

Tanya Koonce/Illinois Public Media

July 17, 2019 - News Local/State

Jury Begins Deliberations On Life Sentence Or Death Penalty For Brendt Christensen

Jurors received Brendt Christensen’s capital case for a second time about 1:40 P.M. Wednesday. A few weeks earlier, the same jury found Christensen guilty of the 2017 kidnapping and murder of University of Illinois visiting scholar Yingying Zhang. This time, the question is the sentence for Christensen’s crime: life in prison or death by lethal injection.


Betsy Dirksen Londrigan and Congressman Rodney Davis at a debate in Normal in 2018.

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July 17, 2019 - News Local/State

Londrigan, Davis Differ On Views Of PAC Money

Betsy Dirksen Londrigan pledged to not take any money from corporate political action committees, or PACs, in her second run for Illinois’ 13th Congressional District.


Mike Mozart/Flickr(CC BY 2.0)

July 17, 2019 - The 21st Show

Goodwill Lays Off Disabled Workers, Then Reverses Decision; Flooding And Federal Aid; Shedd Aquarium Rescues Sea Lions; Emoji Inclusivity

The Land of Lincoln Goodwill, which runs 15 locations throughout Illinois, decided to lay off dozens of disabled workers. Plus, Gov. Pritzker wants local communities to report flood damage so Illinois can qualify for federal aid. Also, we'll talk about how marine biologists in Illinois are helping to care for the increasing number of sea lion pups that are washing up on California shores. And, emoji have become a common form of communication on keyboards around the world, but are these little symbols as diverse as the people who use them?


Marilyn Evans stands outside the Women's Med Center of Dayton, where both she and her daughter got abortions.

Paige Pfleger/Side Effects Public Media

July 17, 2019 - News Local/State

Abortion Stories: Mother, Daughter And A Clinic

The Women's Med Center is the only health clinic for miles around that provides abortions. Now, it’s embroiled in a legal battle with the state that could lead to its closure – the clinic couldn’t obtain transfer agreements from local hospitals, as required under Ohio law.


Federal Public Defender George Taseff.

Tanya Koonce/Illinois Public Media

July 16, 2019 - News Local/State

Closing Arguments Set For Wednesday in Christensen Trial Sentencing Phase

The sentencing phase of Brendt Christensen’s federal death penalty trial will go to the jury Wednesday. There’s only one question the jury at the federal courthouse in Peoria needs to answer, and that’s whether Christensen will receive the death penalty or life in prison, for the 2017 kidnapping murder of University of Illinois visiting scholar Yingying Zhang.


A resident at the International Children's Center in Chicago is seen in his room Oct. 19, 2006.

Charles Rex Arbogast/AP

July 16, 2019 - The 21st Show

Sick Migrant Kids Sent To Illinois; Counties Collecting Old Debts; Fulton Sheen’s Remains Returned

Hundreds of immigrant children who originally came to the southern border are sick, with illnesses like fever, strep throat, and even tuberculosis. Now, they’re being sent alone to Chicago shelters. Plus, Illinois counties are so desperate for revenue that some residents are getting phone calls about unpaid traffic tickets that, in some cases, go back decades. Also, Catholic leaders in Peoria have won a legal battle over the remains of a famous archbishop who could become a saint.


The Illini Chabad Center for Jewish Life in Champaign dedicated a new menorah in 2017. Made of steel and set deep in the ground, it replaced a version that was vandalized three times in two years.

Mark Schultz/Illinois Public Media

July 16, 2019 - News Local/State

Hate Messages Grow On Midwestern Campuses

White extremist propaganda surged by almost 60 percent on Midwestern college campuses last academic year. That’s according to a new report from the Anti-Defamation League.


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