Beth A. Keiser/AP
February 13, 2018

The ‘Radium Girls’; Illinois Politics Update; Snow Salt Alternatives; AG Candidate Kwame Raoul

On the 21st: We continue our week in Springfield, today from the WUIS studios. We hear about the 'Radium Girls' of Ottawa, Illinois and the health problems that they suffered after working at the Illinois Radium Dial company. Plus, your Illinois politics update on the eve of the budget address. Also, what alternatives are there to using salt to melt ice in the winter? And, we continue our series of attorney general interviews, this time with Sen. Kwame Raoul. 


Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy.
Illinois Dept. of Vetrans Affairs
February 13, 2018

2 More Legionnaires’ Disease Cases Found At Veterans Home

Two more confirmed cases of Legionnaires' disease were found among residents of a veterans home in the western Illinois town of Quincy where the illness has been linked to the deaths of 13 people since 2015, health officials said.


Illinois Statehouse
Jenna Dooley/WNIJ
February 13, 2018

Local Lawmakers Voice Hopes In Advance Of Governor’s Budget Speech

Governor  Bruce Rauner delivers his budget address to a  joint session of state lawmakers on Wednesday at the Illinois Statehouse in Springfield. And two east-central Illinois lawmakers hope the speech will the start of successful budget negotiations.


Tony Smith, Superintendent, Illinois State Board of Education
Illinois State Board of Education/Facebook
February 13, 2018

More Dollars Add Up To Less Trust

Now that it’s time to actually implement school funding reform, the honeymoon is over. The governor and lawmakers have moved on to squabbling over everything from the credit card balance to who forgot to put the lid on the toothpaste.


Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan talks with Amanda Vinicky and WBBM;s Craig Dellimore.
Steve Brown/House Speaker Madigan's Office
February 12, 2018

Speaker Madigan Dismisses Long-Time Consultant On Harassment Charge

Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan has dismissed a long-time political consultant after an investigation found he sent inappropriate text messages to a colleague. Madigan identified the consultant as Kevin Quinn in a statement Monday.


Robin Linn/Illinois Public Media
February 12, 2018

The 21st In Springfield: Live From The Lincoln Presidential Museum

On The 21st: Our first show from our week in Springfield, broadcast from the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. We talked with the museum's executive director about how they're celebrating Illinois' Bicentennial. Also, we learned more about the official bicentennial beer from Hand of Fate Brewing Company and heard music from the "Dulcimer Guy," Mike Anderson. Plus, we talk with the some of the participants in the museum's art contest. 


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