Jamar Browm, William Patterson, Seon Williams and Jamie Gatson

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October 09, 2019 - The 21st Show

Champaign Community Members Reflect, 10 Years After A Police Shooting

On Oct. 9, 2009, a white police officer in Champaign shot and killed an unarmed black teenager. Ten years later, community members came to the WILL studio to talk with each other about living with that pain, and what's changed (and hasn't changed) since then.

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October 09, 2019 - The 21st Show

Equity In The Legal Cannabis Industry; Community Members Reflect, 10 Years After Police Shooting; Transient Global Amnesia

The war on drugs has affected communities of color the most. Now, as Illinois gets ready for legal recreational marijuana, state officials say they want the new legal industry to be more equitable. Plus, ten years ago today, an unarmed black teenager in Champaign was shot and killed by a white police officer. We’ll hear community members talk with each other about how they’ve been dealing with that pain. And, we’ll talk with one Illinois man about a condition that temporarily erased his memory for a day with no lasting physical or mental effects.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker hugged Rep. Robert Martwick after the Illinois House approved a a graduated income tax constitutional amendment earlier this year.

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October 09, 2019 - News Local/State

Survey Shows Significant Support For Graduated Income Tax

A broad majority of Illinois voters support major changes to the state income tax, favoring a system where the wealthy pay more. That’s according to new survey data from NPR Illinois and the University of Illinois Springfield.

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October 08, 2019 - The 21st Show

LGBTQ Workplace Rights U.S. Supreme Court Case; Native Americans’ Role In The Underground Railroad; Black Girl Genius Week

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments about whether it’s legal to fire someone for being gay or transgender. Plus, Native Americans in the Midwest helped black men, women and children escape slavery through the Underground Railroad. We spoke about why that history is often overlooked. And, a Champaign-Urbana organization is celebrating its fifth annual Black Girl Genius Week through art, music and workshops.

Computer servers

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October 08, 2019 - News Local/State

Illinois Offers Tax Breaks for Companies That Build Data Centers

The photos or videos you store in “the cloud” aren’t actually up in the air. They’re in computer systems housed in hundreds of vast buildings across the country. Illinois is now providing tax breaks for companies that build those centers in the hopes of attracting more of them.

corn field, FACE facility

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October 07, 2019 - News Local/State

Rising Ozone Harms Some Corn Varieties More Than Others, New U Of I Study Finds

Ozone is an air pollutant that forms when emissions from cars, power plants and other sources chemically react in the presence of sunlight. The highly reactive molecule is hazardous to human health and can also harm plants by hindering photosynthesis in plant leaves. New research from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign reveals that certain maize varieties are more susceptible than others to damage caused by rising ozone levels.

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October 07, 2019 - The 21st Show

Planned Parenthood Clinic Quietly Built Near Missouri Border; Dealing With ‘Climate Grief’; Fall Gardening Tips

A new Planned Parenthood clinic in Illinois, near the Missouri border, is opening in order to accommodate more abortion patients from out of state. We’ll talk about why its construction was kept secret. Plus, climate change is affecting Americans right now, it’s also taking a toll on our mental health. Mental health professionals are starting to hear more patients talk about how the changing climate worries them. And, what you do in your garden now can make a big difference come springtime. The experts will join us to give their tips and tricks for the most effective fall gardening.

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