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The 21st

Monday-Friday 11 a.m.
  • Hosted by Niala Boodhoo

A 21st century radio show for the 21st state, this hourlong live news and information program brings people together and sparks conversations on-air and online around the issues and ideas that affect people’s everyday lives across the state. Hosted by veteran journalist Niala Boodhoo.


  • Monday, April 23, 2018 4:23pm
    On The 21st: Chain Reaction Innovations at Argonne National Laboratory is one of only three incubators in the country embedded at a national lab. How are they combining groundbreaking science with the business side of things? Also, Illinois owes more than $63 million in back pay to 24,000 public employees. A new bill would finally get these workers what they're owed. But first, we speak to the ACLU about a letter they sent to Hononegah High School regarding school gun control walkouts.  [View the story "ACLU on Student Walkouts; Science & Business at Argonne; Back Pay for State Employees; Illinois Politics Update" on Storify]
  • Friday, April 20, 2018 3:22pm
    On The 21st: We speak to children's author M.J. Mouton about his book, Richie Doodles: The Brilliance of a Young Richard Feynman. And, will Illinois be able to pass a budget this time around? But first, why do some public figures in Illinois get six figure severance packages after leaving under cloudy circumstances? A new senate bill could limit so called golden parachutes.  [View the story "Eliminating Golden Parachutes; Children's Author M.J. Mouton; Illinois Budget" on Storify]
  • Thursday, April 19, 2018 3:12pm
    On the 21st: A conversation with current and former 4-H students in Illinois, and a look into their Robotics Competition set for Saturday. Also, continuing our Bloomington spotlight this week with a discussion regarding advanced manufacturing in the town, and then a run through of the Miller Park Zoo. 
  • Wednesday, April 18, 2018 3:28pm
    On The 21st: Live from Green Top Grocery in Bloomington, we talk to local farmers who are part of this new co-op. Also, we hear about State Farm and their recent layoffs. Plus, we catch up with Normal Councilwoman Chemberley Cummings. [View the story "Live From Bloomington and Green Top Grocery!" on Storify]
  • Tuesday, April 17, 2018 3:00pm
    On the 21st: A contentious debate on a potential ordinance regarding immigration in the cities of Bloomington and Normal. Also, an initiative in Chicago toward better healthcare for immigrants and refugees. Then, a discussion on the pro-gun sentiment in Illinois.

Downstate Debate Canceled After Pritzker Declines

Feb 20, 2018
Carleigh Gray / WGLT

The only debate on live television planned for outside of Chicago between the Democratic candidates for Illinois governor has been canceled.

Ryan Denham / WGLT

A cost-cutting move in Unit 5 schools may be paying off in another way for students.