View of Kaskaskia, 1841. Lithograph by J. C. Wild, from J. C. Wild and L. F. Thomas, The Valley of the Mississippi Illustrated in a Series of Views (St. Louis: Chambers and Knapp, 1841).

Southern Illinois University Press.

July 19, 2019 - News Local/State

Illinois Issues: Kaskaskia—The Lost Capital of Illinois

The authors have taken a fresh look at the story of Illinois’ first capital city in a new book published by Southern Illinois University Press called “Kaskaskia: The Lost Capital of Illinois.” They’ve put together what they say is a comprehensive account of the town, complete with historical photos, maps, and even tales of a centuries-old curse. 


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July 19, 2019 - News Local/State

Killer Of Yingying Zhang Sentenced To Life In Prison

The man convicted of murdering University of Illinois visiting scholar Yingying Zhang will spend the rest of his life in federal prison “without release”. That was the sentence imposed by U.S. District Judge Jim Shadid Thursday, after a jury spent about nine hours deliberating before determining they could not reach a unanimous verdict on the death penalty for Brendt Christensen. 


Yingying Zhang Memorial Garden.

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July 18, 2019 - News Local/State

Divided Jury Means Life In Prison For Christensen

A former University of Illinois doctoral student was spared the death penalty Thursday and sentenced to life in prison for kidnapping and killing of a 26-year-old scholar from China. Her parents, disappointed he was not sentenced to death, publicly begged for the killer to reveal where her remains are so they can be returned home.


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July 18, 2019 - The 21st Show

An Illinois Woman’s Role In The Moon Landing; “Sober Curious” And Non-Alcoholic Drinks; NCAA Coaches And Health Decisions

50 years ago, an Illinois engineer named Barbara Crawford Johnson helped land astronauts on the moon. We learn about her life, and what it was like to work on the space program all those years ago. Plus, there are many reasons why people don’t drink alcohol, and those numbers of people continue to grow. We talk about how bars and restaurants are starting to cater cocktails to the sober set. Also, a new study finds that just half of collegiate level sports programs follow the medical model of care for student athletes. 


Federal courthouse in Peoria.

Tanya Koonce/Illinois Public Media

July 17, 2019 - News Local/State

Jury Begins Deliberations On Life Sentence Or Death Penalty For Brendt Christensen

Jurors received Brendt Christensen’s capital case for a second time about 1:40 P.M. Wednesday. A few weeks earlier, the same jury found Christensen guilty of the 2017 kidnapping and murder of University of Illinois visiting scholar Yingying Zhang. This time, the question is the sentence for Christensen’s crime: life in prison or death by lethal injection.


Betsy Dirksen Londrigan and Congressman Rodney Davis at a debate in Normal in 2018.

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July 17, 2019 - News Local/State

Londrigan, Davis Differ On Views Of PAC Money

Betsy Dirksen Londrigan pledged to not take any money from corporate political action committees, or PACs, in her second run for Illinois’ 13th Congressional District.


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July 17, 2019 - The 21st Show

Goodwill Lays Off Disabled Workers, Then Reverses Decision; Flooding And Federal Aid; Shedd Aquarium Rescues Sea Lions; Emoji Inclusivity

The Land of Lincoln Goodwill, which runs 15 locations throughout Illinois, decided to lay off dozens of disabled workers. Plus, Gov. Pritzker wants local communities to report flood damage so Illinois can qualify for federal aid. Also, we'll talk about how marine biologists in Illinois are helping to care for the increasing number of sea lion pups that are washing up on California shores. And, emoji have become a common form of communication on keyboards around the world, but are these little symbols as diverse as the people who use them?


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