Brian Mackey / NPR Illinois

News Local/State - December 12, 2019

Pritzker Drops $5m On Tax Campaign, Expects Expensive Fight

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker is giving $5 million to a campaign supporting a graduated income tax. It’s the first reported contribution in what’s expected to be an expensive fight over the state’s tax policy.

Illinois Public Media

The 21st Show - December 12, 2019

The Widespread Issue Of Empty Storefronts And What Decatur Is Doing About It

Back in the '90s, we saw a proliferation of strip malls and commercial storefronts across the U.S. But today, as thousands of retailers have closed their doors, cities and towns are grappling with what to do with all the empty buildings. We look at how Decatur is handling this, and hear about how other states have tackled the problem.

Patrick Semansky/ Associated Press

The 21st Show - December 12, 2019

How The US-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement Will Affect Illinois

House Democrats and President Trump agree that a new trade agreement with Canada and Mexico is good for our economy. With Illinois being the third largest agricultural exporter in the nation, what will that mean for farmers in the state?

Kofi Cockburn slams in two of his 19 points during Illinois' 71-62 win over Michigan on Wednesday in Champaign.

Rob McColley/for Illinois Public Media

News Local/State - December 12, 2019

Illini Finish Off No. 5 Michigan 71-62

The Illini men beat No. 5 Michigan 71-62 last night in Champaign. Reigning Big Ten Freshman of the Week Kofi Cockburn notched another double-double, with 19 points and 10 rebounds.

The Champaign County Board's I-T Planning Committee.

Jim Meadows/Illinois Public Media

News Local/State - December 12, 2019

For Champaign County, IT Maintenance Is Another Infrastructure Challenge

For city and county governments, maintaining infrastructure applies to buildings, roads and vehicles. But in recent years, that list has increasingly included information technology. In Champaign County, local officials are trying to come to grips with what they need to keep their IT up to date.

J. Scott Applewhite/ Associated Press

The 21st Show - December 11, 2019

Impeachment Follow Up; Sick Podcast

Today's on the 21st:  The new podcast “Sick” tells the story of one fertility doctor’s abuse of power and the generations of lives he affected. We spoke with the hosts from Side Effects Public Media and PRX. We also talked through the latest developments in the impeachment process with two legal experts in Illinois and rounded up reactions from our state’s representatives in Congress. 

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