Rep. Kelly Cassidy, a Chicago Democrat, announced Thursday that her abortion legislation will be heard after being stalled for months.

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May 24, 2019 - News Local/State

Cassidy: Abortion Bill Will Be Heard

State Representative Kelly Cassidy said Thursday that she’s received a pledge from House Speaker Michael Madigan that her expansive abortion legislative will be heard.


Jennifer Jacobs, outside the Illinois Capitol building in Springfield.

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May 23, 2019 - News Local/State

Nurse Who Saved A Student Also Changes Law

The Illinois legislature has approved a measure that would allow public school nurses to provide the life-saving medication glucagon to diabetic students in emergency situations.


Jenny Kane/AP

May 23, 2019 - The 21st Show

Seniors And Misinformation; ‘Leaps Of Faiths’ Documentary; Veteran Caregiver Mindfulness

Figuring out what’s true or false online can be tricky for everyone, but it turns out older Americans are especially vulnerable to misinformation on social media. Plus, caregivers for veterans are often under a lot of stress. We’ll talk about a new study that shows how mindfulness therapy can help. But first, the number of interfaith marriages has been increasing for years. So what does that mean when it comes to raising religious kids? Two Chicago filmmakers ask that question in a new documentary called 'Leaps Of Faiths.'


State Rep. Allen Skillicorn, a Republican from Crystal Lake, speaks at a press conference Wednesday in Springfield.

WGLT

May 23, 2019 - News Local/State

Lawmaker: Electric Vehicle Fee Hike Would Hurt Rivian

A state lawmaker is using the Rivian plant in Normal to attack a plan to raise electric-vehicle registration fees to fund part of a massive infrastructure spending program.


Julie Callahan and family

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May 23, 2019 - News Local/State

Custody Or Care: Ohio May Help Parents Deal With Mental Illness

Across the United States, parents of children with severe mental health issues can face an excruciating decision: If they can't afford costly healthcare, they may have to sign over custody to the state. That way, the government will pay for the child's care. Now those parents are fighting for change, and a chunk of Ohio's budget.


Andrew Harnik/AP

May 22, 2019 - The 21st Show

Illinois Democrats On Green New Deal; Homeless Shelter Closures; Graduation At Stateville Prison

Senator Dick Durbin said a few months ago that he doesn’t support the Green New Deal. Has he changed his mind? And how do the rest of Illinois Democrats feel about it? And, as one homeless shelter in Southern Illinois closes, we talk about the challenges facing shelters across Illinois. Plus, it’s college graduation season and seven men from Stateville Correctional Center just received their degrees at a ceremony that included a performance from Chance the Rapper.


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