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The 21st Show - April 08, 2016

The 21st: Water Quality Issues & A Stereotype-Smashing Organist

The crisis with lead in Flint’s water has led many communities around the country to ask: could this happen here? Today on the 21st, we talked with people from Chicago, Galesburg, and Decatur, to find out what those communities are seeing regarding lead and other problems with tap water. Also, musician Cameron Carpenter joined us to explain his not-so-traditional approach to playing the organ.

Illinois Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno, R-Lemont, speaks to reporters during a news conference at the Illinois State Capitol Thursday, March 17, 2016 in Springfield.

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News Local/State - April 07, 2016

Illinois GOP: Free Up Unspent Money For Social Programs

GOP leaders in the Illinois General Assembly are proposing $1.3 billion in spending for human services. They say most of the money would come from state funds set up for special purposes.

A memorial to those lost on April 7, 2015 outside Redbird Arena in Normal.

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News Local/State - April 07, 2016

Remembering The ‘Redbird 7’

It was a year ago Thursday that a Cessna plane crash claimed the lives of two members of Illinois State University's athletic staff, as well as five community members.  The group was on their way back from the NCAA men's basketball championship. 

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News Local/State - April 07, 2016

Anti-Immigrant Chalk Messages Cause Concern On Campus

Chalk messages supporting presidential candidate Donald Trump and criticizing undocumented immigrants raised concerns when they were found on sidewalks outside the building housing the Dept. of Latina/Latino Studies on the University of Illinois Urbana campus.

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News Local/State - April 07, 2016

Ameren Files For Electric Delivery Rate Decrease

Utlity company Ameren has filed a request with the Illinois Commerce Commission for an electric delivery rate decrease.  If approved, it's not known how much the change will impact bills, but it wouldn't go into effect until January 2017.  Ameren gas customers are also expected to see a reduction now in their bills due to a drop in the cost of natural gas.

A gas pump in Jacksonville, Fla.

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News Local/State - April 06, 2016

Decatur Gauges Impact Of Gas Tax

It's been nearly a week since Decatur's 5-cent a gallon motor fuel tax, for street repairs, took effect.  The city is also is charging a extra penny for diesel fuel.  Jay Billingsley, a third-generation gas station owner, calls it a "tough pill to swallow," but says he also has many loyal customers.  Public Works Director Rick Marley says the tax is needed for "hundreds" of projects.

 In this June 9, 2015 file photo, former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert arrives at the federal courthouse in Chicago for his arraignment on federal charges in his hush-money case.

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News Local/State - April 06, 2016

Hastert Lawyers Ask He Be Spared Prison In Hush-Money Case

Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert is asking for probation in his hush-money case. His lawyers cite the former Illinois congressman's health and say in a new court filing that he's already paid a high price. They note Hastert's "fall from grace has been swift and devastating."  The Chicago Tribune Thursday cited unidentified law enforcement sources as saying at least four people have made "credible allegations of sexual abuse.'

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