Sara Burnett/AP

September 10, 2018

Reactions To Obama’s U of I Speech; Illinois Election Security; Muslims In ‘Jack Ryan’ Amazon Series

On The 21st: With the midterms less than two months away, how secure is our state's election system? And, we speak with Loyola's Omer Mozaffar about his consulting on the Amazon Prime series Jack Ryan. But first, we discuss Illinois politics and follow up on Barack Obama's visit to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 


Illustration of a stormy cloud with heavy rain.

warsczawianka via OCAL/CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication

September 07, 2018

Heavy Rains Cause Postponements, Cancellations

This weekend’s rainy weather is causing organizers of outdoor events in east-central Illinois to revise their plans.


Barack Obama

Pete Souza/Public Domain

September 07, 2018

President Obama’s Speech At The University Of Illinois

On this special edition of The 21st: President Obama has been on the political sidelines since he left office. But no more. In an hourlong speech at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the former president rebuked President Trump, calling him "a symptom, not a cause" of today's political climate. He also encouraged the nearly 1,100 students in attendance to vote in this fall's midterm elections, saying "our democracy depends on it."


Tri-States Public Radio

September 07, 2018

WIU Enrollment Down But Better Than Expected

Student enrollment at Western Illinois University this fall is down 10% from last year with a total student enrollment of 8,502 for both the Macomb and Quad Cities campuses.


The Middle Fork River running next to the coal ash ponds at the Vermilion Power Station

Darrell Hoemann/The Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting

September 07, 2018

Loose Regulations Allow Coal Ash To Threaten River

Each year thousands of families boat down the Middle Fork branch of the Illinois Vermilion River below an embankment that holds back 3.3 million cubic yards of toxic coal ash sludge stored in three large ponds. Coal ash pollution is leaching into the river, and the riverbank is eroding under the ponds. We examine what's a stake in this investigative report.


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