Marilyn Evans stands outside the Women's Med Center of Dayton, where both she and her daughter got abortions.

Paige Pfleger/Side Effects Public Media

July 17, 2019 - News Local/State

Abortion Stories: Mother, Daughter And A Clinic

The Women's Med Center is the only health clinic for miles around that provides abortions. Now, it’s embroiled in a legal battle with the state that could lead to its closure – the clinic couldn’t obtain transfer agreements from local hospitals, as required under Ohio law.


Federal Public Defender George Taseff.

Tanya Koonce/Illinois Public Media

July 16, 2019 - News Local/State

Closing Arguments Set For Wednesday in Christensen Trial Sentencing Phase

The sentencing phase of Brendt Christensen’s federal death penalty trial will go to the jury Wednesday. There’s only one question the jury at the federal courthouse in Peoria needs to answer, and that’s whether Christensen will receive the death penalty or life in prison, for the 2017 kidnapping murder of University of Illinois visiting scholar Yingying Zhang.


A resident at the International Children's Center in Chicago is seen in his room Oct. 19, 2006.

Charles Rex Arbogast/AP

July 16, 2019 - The 21st Show

Sick Migrant Kids Sent To Illinois; Counties Collecting Old Debts; Fulton Sheen’s Remains Returned

Hundreds of immigrant children who originally came to the southern border are sick, with illnesses like fever, strep throat, and even tuberculosis. Now, they’re being sent alone to Chicago shelters. Plus, Illinois counties are so desperate for revenue that some residents are getting phone calls about unpaid traffic tickets that, in some cases, go back decades. Also, Catholic leaders in Peoria have won a legal battle over the remains of a famous archbishop who could become a saint.


The Illini Chabad Center for Jewish Life in Champaign dedicated a new menorah in 2017. Made of steel and set deep in the ground, it replaced a version that was vandalized three times in two years.

Mark Schultz/Illinois Public Media

July 16, 2019 - News Local/State

Hate Messages Grow On Midwestern Campuses

White extremist propaganda surged by almost 60 percent on Midwestern college campuses last academic year. That’s according to a new report from the Anti-Defamation League.


At a ceremony Monday at the White House, President Trump defended his racist tweets against Democratic lawmakers. The language used in that tweet has a long history connected with nativist political movements in the U.S.

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

July 16, 2019 - News Local/State

‘Go Back Where You Came From’: The Long Rhetorical Roots Of Trump’s Racist Tweets

When President Trump tweeted his racist remarks Sunday, asking why certain Democratic congresswomen don't just "go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came," he did not just take aim at the four young women of color — three of whom were actually born in the U.S.


contraceptives

Lisa Gillespie/Side Effects Public Media

July 16, 2019 - News Local/State

Why This Group Hands Out Free ‘Morning After’ Pills

Rows of silver and pink plastic packages sit on the bathroom counter inside Bean, a Louisville coffee shop. Each package carries these words: emergency contraception. The medication? It’s called Preventeza, from the company that also makes Vagisil. It was on the market for less than a year and didn’t do well – pills worth $2 million were sent to advocacy groups in Kentucky, Indiana and other states. 


Federal Building & U.S. Courthouse in Peoria.

Tanya Koonce/Illinois Public Media

July 15, 2019 - News Local/State

Christensen’s Mother, Sister & Jailers Testify In His Defense

Brendt Christensen’s mother and sister say they still love him, even after learning he kidnapped and murdered U of I visiting scholar Yingying Zhang in 2017. Both family members testified Monday in the sentencing phase of Christensen’s federal trial in Peoria.


Steve Tiesdell/Flickr(CC BY 2.0)

July 15, 2019 - The 21st Show

Cows On Parade Art Back in Chicago; Illinois Gerrymandering; ICE Facial Recognition; Divorced Women Name-Change Law

Two decades ago, hundreds of life-sized cow sculptures in Chicago ignited a worldwide interest in public art. Now, more than a dozen are back in the city for the month of July. Plus, Illinois Democrats have drawn our state’s election maps for years, and they’ll probably get another chance after the 2020 census. And, federal immigration authorities tried to access Illinois driver’s license photos. We’ll hear from the Illinois Secretary of State’s office about why they said "no" to that request. Also, divorced women could more easily revert back to their maiden name with a new Illinois law. 


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