Edith Brady-Lunny with the cover of her book, The Unforgiven

Courtesy of Edith Brady-Lunny

August 07, 2019 - The 21st Show

The Tragedy At Clinton Lake Revisited; Beardstown Braces For The Census

Almost 16 years ago, three young children died after they were trapped in a car that went into Clinton Lake. Edith Brady-Lunny has been covering the story since that first night. We’ll speak with her about her new book, The Unforgiven. Also, local communities play a big part in the census. But this time, there’s a lot of fear about being counted. Today, we’ll focus on what this looks like in the central Illinois community of Beardstown.


A patient visits Salveo Health and Wellness, a licensed medical cannabis dispensary, in Canton, Ill.

Seth Perlman/AP

August 06, 2019 - The 21st Show

Local Governments Opt Out Of Cannabis Sales; Campaigning With Childcare; A Social Media Feed Without ‘Likes’

Recreational cannabis will be legal in Illinois on January 1st. But it won’t be legal to sell everywhere, because some cities have voted to ban marijuana businesses in their communities. Plus, candidates running for federal office are now allowed to spend campaign money on childcare. We’ll look at how the culture around running for office and taking care of kids is changing. And Instagram is testing a feed that hides the number of likes on the posts you see. It’s an idea that Illinois artist Ben Grosser has worked on for years. We’ll speak to him about quality over quantity on social media.


The Bristol Place housing development, under construction in Champaign.

Jim Meadows/Illinois Public Media

August 05, 2019 - News Local/State

Signup Begins For Bristol Place Waiting List

Public housing officials are expecting 1,000 slots on a waiting list for a new subsidized housing project in Champaign to fill up quickly, when the list starts taking applications at 9 AM Tuesday morning. The list is for people hoping for a chance to live in the new Bristol Place development, which is going on the north side of Champaign.


A student fills out a college enrollment application at Roosevelt High School in Washington.

Susan Walsh/AP

August 05, 2019 - The 21st Show

Parents Trading Custody For Financial Aid; Sen. Tom Cullerton Indictment; Will It Play In Peoria?

More than forty well-off families in the Chicago suburbs got extra financial aid from the University of Illinois by strategically giving up custody of their kids, sometimes months before their child turned 18. Plus, Illinois State Senator Tom Cullerton has been charged by federal prosecutors. He’s accused of being on a union payroll for hundreds of thousands of dollars, even though he did almost no work for them. And you’ve likely heard the phrase “Will it play in Peoria?”. But its meaning has evolved over the years to adapt to the city’s surprising history. 


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