Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner, left, accompanied by Liberty Justice Center founder and chairman John Tillman, second from left, and Liberty Justice Center's Director of Litigation Jacob Huebert, right, speaks outside the Supreme Court after the cou

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July 13, 2018

AP FACT CHECK: No Proof Rauner Profits Off Family Separation

A new television campaign ad accuses Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner, a Republican seeking another term in November, of profiting off President Donald Trump's since abandoned "zero tolerance" border policy of separating immigrant children from their families.


Ian Hobson

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July 13, 2018

Piano Students To Learn & Perform At Summer Institute

The week of July 16th will be an intense one for participants in the annual Summer Piano Institute at the University of Illinois. Piano students from across the U-S and abroad will be studying with five guest faculty pianists — including the Summer Piano Institute’s artistic director, Ian Hobson. Both students and guest faculty will give public performances, and some will perform with Sinfonia da Camera.


Chicago Books to Women in Prison.

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July 12, 2018

Getting Books To Illinois Prisons; Virtual Medical Interpreters; Chicago’s Gang Database

On this encore edition of The 21st: New technology is bringing interpreters directly to patients to help with their medical needs. And, ProPublica Illinois reporter Mick Dumke talks to us about Chicago's problematic "gang database." But first, the state of Illinois spent less than 300 dollars on books throughout all state prisons for the entirety of 2017. What's behind this lack of funding and how is it impacting prisoners?


Bellevue residents Ron Hansen and Julianne Couch and their dog, Archie

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July 12, 2018

How Some Small Towns Are Achieving ‘Brain Gain’

When communities watch young people grow up, go off and never return, remaining residents and politicians often bemoan there’s been a “brain drain” — especially when such population loss means schools and businesses close. But plenty of residents are full of love and pride for those communities, and some are working to identify their towns’ best attributes so they can attract new residents and achieve “brain gain.”


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