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The 21st Show - December 05, 2019

Applying To College With A Criminal History ‘Ban the Box’ Update; Best of Midwest Music; Christmas Tree Shopping

When you apply to college, many schools will ask if you’ve ever been convicted of a crime. Now, the University of Illinois System has announced that instead of getting rid of the question, they will be moving it on their application. Plus, we’re recapping some of the year’s best music by Midwest artists. Also, this time of year it seems like there’s a Christmas tree lots on every corner. We find out more about the people behind the trees and how they run their businesses.

Excerpt of new rules regarding use of restraints.

Illinois State Board of Education

News Local/State - December 05, 2019

ISBE Rolls Back Restraint Rules

The Illinois State Board of Education Wednesday amended emergency rules that had banned the use of certain physical restraints in schools.


The 21st Show - December 04, 2019

McDonald’s Workers Lawsuit; The Possibility of Female Deacons in the Catholic Church; Proposal to Shrink Minor League Baseball

Chicago-area McDonald’s workers have filed a lawsuit against the company. They’re alleging the fast-food giant failed to protect them from violent incidents in restaurants. Plus this fall, Pope Francis said he would reopen the work of a 2016 commission that studied the issue of women Decaons in the Catholic church. We speak with a religious scholar who was one of 12 people on that commission. And a new proposal by Major League Baseball would cut the leagues affiliations with 42 minor league teams nationwide. 

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