Members of Health Illinois coalition celebrate the extension of state health insurance coverage to older immigrants, ages 55 and over, living in the country illegally, Tuesday, July 20, 2021, in Chicago's Pilsen neighborhood. The state was the first nationwide to offer a Medicaid-like program for immigrant seniors last year and used this year's budget to expand the program.

The 21st Show - August 18, 2021

Medicaid Access Issues in Illinois

Medicaid requires a lot of paperwork for doctors, and a new study suggests that administrative burden can ultimately hurt patients. The 21st was joined by one of the co-author of the study, a professor of medicine and public health science, and a Central Illinois mother whose children use Medicaid as their insurance. 

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The 21st Show - August 17, 2021

Political Events At The Illinois State Fair

The State Fair is taking place this week in Springfield and at the center of it are the big political events. There are at least 23 separate fundraising and speaking events in the next three days. 

AP Photo/Matias Delacroix

AP Photo/Matias Delacroix

The 21st Show - August 17, 2021

Illinoisans Help Earthquake Damaged Haiti

Hundreds are dead after a strong earthquake in Haiti. The executive director of Hope for Haitians joined The 21st to discuss the earthquake and Illinois' deep ties to Haiti. 

Taliban fighters stand guard in front of the Hamid Karzai International Airport, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, Aug. 16, 2021. Thousands of people packed into the Afghan capital's airport on Monday, rushing the tarmac and pushing onto planes in desperate attempts to flee the country after the Taliban overthrew the Western-backed government.

AP Photo/Rahmat Gul

The 21st Show - August 17, 2021

Illinoisans Respond To US Departure From Afghanistan

American troops have left Afghanistan after two decades and the longest war in U.S. history. Thousands of Afghan citizens are trying to flee as the Taliban takeover. We heard analysis of what's to come next, from the director of Afghanistan and Pakistan studies at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. 

Larry Lieb, 69, feeds the cattle on his farm in Mode, Ill., on July 8. He says he feels safer having gotten the coronavirus vaccine. But he's not interested in trying to convince anyone else to get it.

Christine Herman/Illinois Public Media

The 21st Show - August 16, 2021

Vaccinations for Rural Farmers

In rural areas with lower vaccination rates, Illinois farmers are now being called on to step up as trusted community voices to have conversations one-on-one with neighbors, friends, and family about getting the shot. To learn more, we spoke with a health reporter, a farmer, and a member of the National Rural Health Association.

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The 21st Show - August 16, 2021

Illinois State Board of Education Addresses Masks In The Classroom

After weeks of back-and-forth protests over whether students should be wearing masks, Governor JB Pritzker settled the question, requiring masks for a students and teachers, K-12, in schools public and private. The 21st was joined by the director of Safe and Health Climate at the Illinois State Board of Education.

 Illinois Caverns State Natural area

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The 21st Show - August 12, 2021

Rebroadcast: Illinois Caverns Are Reopening

This summer, the caves in Monroe County reopened to visitors for the first time in a decade! Learn how you can visit the Illinois Caverns State Natural area. 

Crime scene tape is visible at the American Legion post in north Champaign after a shooting during the afternoon of July 2, 2021.

Reginald Hardwick/Illinois Newsroom

The 21st Show - August 12, 2021

Rebroadcast: Should High Crime Lead to More Policing?

Gun violence is on pace to be the highest it’s been since 2016. To hear more about how violence and policing are related, The 21st spoke to an Assistant Public Defender for Cook County.

Police tape marks off a Chicago street as officers investigate the scene of a fatal shooting in the city's South Side on Tuesday, June 15, 2021.

AP Photo/Teresa Crawford

The 21st Show - August 12, 2021

Rebroadcast: Surviving Gun Violence

A recent city health report found that the life expectancy of Black Chicagoans was 9 years less than others due to the epidemic of gun violence. We talked with a reporter of The Trace, which started a series examining grief and perserverance in neighborhoods facing violence.

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