Four pitchers on the 1943 Rockford Peaches warming up.

National Baseball Hall of Fame

The 21st Show - August 26, 2021

Will Rockford Build A Women’s Baseball Museum?

For years, an organization known as the International Women’s Baseball Center has envisioned a women’s baseball museum on the grounds of Beyer Stadium — one that would honor the accomplishments of female baseball players like those of the Rockford Peaches. But as of now, plans for a museum are at a standstill.

An aerial shot of Peoria's South End where buyers from out of state have been buying dilapidated homes this summer

Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post

The 21st Show - August 26, 2021

Peoria Real Estate Rush

For years, Peoria’s south end has been dying: decaying homes, a lack of investment, and fleeing residents, but this summer, buyers from all over America — some of whom had never even heard of Peoria — started buying up homes sight unseen. And that's raising concerns.

Illinois State Police Director Brendan Kelly

Jerry Nowicki/Capitol News Illinois

The 21st Show - August 25, 2021

Illinois State Police Director On Diversity, Delays And FOID Cards

A conversation with Illinois State Police Director Brendan Kelly, who says he’s working to improve diversity at the agency and expand capacity. But that comes after years of criticism over a huge backlog in DNA evidence and the slow processing of firearm licenses.

The 21st Show - August 25, 2021

Moldy Mary And Illinois’ State Microbe

Why is Illinois one of the few states that now has designated a microscopic organism as its own? We talk to an archivist and research chemist about the history behind last week's announcement.

Kieran Layland, 15, receives his first Pfizer COVID-19 vaccination as his mother, Ashlesha Patel, observes from behind at the Cook County Public Health Department, Thursday, May 13, 2021, in Des Plaines, Ill.

AP Photo/Shafkat Anowar

The 21st Show - August 24, 2021

Keeping Safe From The Delta Variant

With another wave of COVID-19 washing across Illinois, there’s confusion about how to keep safe. We talked with public health officials and a virologist about what they're comfortable doing and what they avoid.

A hiring sign is seen outside of a daycare building in Glenview, Ill., Saturday, May 22, 2021. Illinois ranks 41st for the lowest unemployment rate in the nation.

AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh

The 21st Show - August 23, 2021

Child Care, Pre-K, and COVID-19

Day care has been a struggle throughout the pandemic — from safety concerns to a shortage of workers.The 21st was joined by three leaders who work in child care and preschool around the state. 

The 21st Show - August 23, 2021

COVID-19 Roundtable

On this roundtable, we were joined by reporters from around the state to talk about vaccines: Who is getting vaccinated among our lawmakers, which areas of the state are seeing lower vaccination rates, and new findings about the need for booster shots to protect against COVID-19.

Illini track and field Paralympian Isaiah Rigo

University of Illinois College of Applied Health Sciences

The 21st Show - August 19, 2021

Illinois Athlete Isaiah Rigo Is Tokyo Bound

Next week, the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games kick off — like so many things, delayed a year by the pandemic. The 21st was joined by first-time Paralympian and University of Illinois student Isaiah Rigo. 

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