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The 21st Show - November 12, 2019

Tips For Dealing With Seasonal Affective Disorder; Inequity In Public School Districts; Buying Groceries In Rural Areas

It’s mid-November, but winter is already here: complete with snow and below freezing temperatures. If you’re someone who feels down this time of year, we’ll provide some tips on dealing with seasonal affective disorder. Plus, Illinois has gotten better at providing more money to school districts that need it the most. But there are still huge gaps that have to do with how our district borders are drawn. And, rural Illinoisans often have to travel farther to get their food. We’ll talk with folks from around the state who are trying to bring more fresh and local food options into their communities.

State Sen. Dan McConchie, R-Lake Zurich

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News Local/State - November 12, 2019

Merger Urger: State Senator Pushes Consolidation

llinois has more than 850 school districts, and most of those stop at 8th grade, or serve only high school students. State Sen. Dan McConchie (R-Lake Zurich), has proposed legislation that would give such districts three years to merge to become “unit” districts — the kind that serve all grades.

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The 21st Show - November 11, 2019

Green Veterans Illinois; How Ambulances Get Diverted From The Closest Hospital; Karate Is Now An Olympic Sport

About 9.5 million veterans are in the American workforce. One group called Green Veterans wants more servicemembers to work in clean energy and sustainability. Plus, hospitals in the Chicago area have been sending ambulances away in an effort to reduce overcrowded emergency rooms. But, this practice is actually moving the problem instead of solving it. And, the centuries old sport of karate will be an Olympic event for the first time in Tokyo next year. We speak with some Olympic hopefuls.

An artist rendering of the Chicago Veterans Home. Officials say the project is nearing completion.

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News Local/State - November 11, 2019

Chicago Veterans Home To Open By Summer 2020

Final construction work on the long-awaited Chicago Veterans Home is on schedule, and a state official says the facility will be fully operational by next summer.

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