Illustration of a stormy cloud with heavy rain.

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September 07, 2018

Heavy Rains Cause Postponements, Cancellations

This weekend’s rainy weather is causing organizers of outdoor events in east-central Illinois to revise their plans.

Barack Obama

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September 07, 2018

President Obama’s Speech At The University Of Illinois

On this special edition of The 21st: President Obama has been on the political sidelines since he left office. But no more. In an hourlong speech at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the former president rebuked President Trump, calling him "a symptom, not a cause" of today's political climate. He also encouraged the nearly 1,100 students in attendance to vote in this fall's midterm elections, saying "our democracy depends on it."

Tri-States Public Radio

September 07, 2018

WIU Enrollment Down But Better Than Expected

Student enrollment at Western Illinois University this fall is down 10% from last year with a total student enrollment of 8,502 for both the Macomb and Quad Cities campuses.

The Middle Fork River running next to the coal ash ponds at the Vermilion Power Station

Darrell Hoemann/The Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting

September 07, 2018

Loose Regulations Allow Coal Ash To Threaten River

Each year thousands of families boat down the Middle Fork branch of the Illinois Vermilion River below an embankment that holds back 3.3 million cubic yards of toxic coal ash sludge stored in three large ponds. Coal ash pollution is leaching into the river, and the riverbank is eroding under the ponds. We examine what's a stake in this investigative report.

Libby Foster/Illinois Public Media

September 06, 2018

Lincoln Park Zoo Turns 150; A Preview Of Barack Obama’s Visit To U of I; Jewish Artist Todros Geller

On The 21st: President Obama is back in Illinois and is coming to Urbana tomorrow! We’ll find out more about his visit. And, we'll tell you more about a new exhibit at the Spertus Institute in Chicago featuring the work of early 20th century Jewish artist Todros Geller. But first, we visit the Lincoln Park Zoo and see what they're doing to celebrate 150 years. 

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh laughs as closing remarks are made Wednesday evening after the second day of his confirmation hearings before a Senate panel on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., to replace retired Justice Anthony Kennedy.

Jacquelyn Martin/AP

September 06, 2018

WATCH/LISTEN: Kavanaugh Confirmation Hearings Day 3

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is set to face a second round of questions from the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday. He’s expected to be questioned about his views on previous Supreme Court cases, as well as a range of policy issues.

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