Illinois Issues show

Illinois Issues

Summary: Reporting and analysis taking you beyond the daily news and providing a deeper understanding of our state.


 Fake Weed: The Danger And The Appeal | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 276

Once considered the new frontier of drugs and drug trafficking, synthetic cannabinoids have been around for years now and they’re becoming increasingly dangerous. More recently, authorities say dozens of overdoses in Connecticut occurred due to a drug called K-2 that was possibly laced with fentanyl.

 Pharmacist's Order: Birth Control Without The Doctor | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 273

Advocates say increasing access to hormonal contraceptives could help reduce unplanned pregnancies. One legislative proposal considered earlier this year aims to do just that by allowing patients to skip a physician's visit and head straight to a pharmacist. But it is having trouble catching on in Illinois.

 WATCH-LISTEN: Election 2018 Forum Moline | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 3424

Panelists in Moline joined NPR Illinois for the Seeking Solutions forum exploring the issue of residents leaving the state to move elsewhere. Panelists: Michael Glanz - Executive Director of the Arc of the Quad Cities Area Greg Aguilar - Director, Q2030, Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce Sonia Berg - Alderman-at-Large, Moline

 Online Learning Can Open Doors For Kids In Juvenile Jails | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 256

But the quality of online coursework is one of many concerns for advocates.

 Dying Young In Illinois: Black Teens Face The Greatest Risk | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 237

The gap, caused mainly by homicides, is one of the biggest in the nation.

 Money Machines: Billionaires Rain Cash — With Strings Attached? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 269

This is part of our election-year series, Money Machines, looking at campaign spending in the 2018 election . The first article can be found here .

 For Illinois Roads, Needs Are Growing. Funding Isn't. | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 273

Experts say billions in a multi-year plan won't go far enough to address infrastructure repairs and upkeep.

 Online Shopping Court Decision Brings Uncertainty To Illinois | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 269

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on online shopping left two things clear – consumers who buy online will have to pay sales tax on more items, and some states will see more money from those online purchases.

 Fields Of Green: Illinois Considers Industrial Hemp | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 249

Hemp has been used for centuries to make rope, fishnets, paper, car parts, fuel and much more. It’s an unruly crop. It’s skinny, it’s tall, but what has made it controversial is that it’s a derivative of the cannabis plant.

 Black Unemployment In Illinois Tops Other States | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 283

Experts blame the long-standing problem on discrimination, especially the "inadequate, inequitable'' education funding system.

 Money Machines: How Big Donors Dominate Campaign Funding In Illinois | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 265

Illinois will host what could be the most expensive race for governor in U.S. history. The huge increase in campaign spending raises a lot of questions about the rise of big money in politics. Between now and the election, Illinois Issues will examine the impact in a series we're calling Money Machines.

 After 46 Years, Illinois Ratifies ERA | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 294

On Wednesday, Illinois ratified the Equal Rights Amendment, a proposed change to the U.S. Constitution — 46 years after Congress approved it.

 Illinois Could Get More Nurses Trained To Help Sexual Assault Survivors | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 239

A measure that has passed the Illinois House would require hospitals to have Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANEs) who can treat and examine victims of sexual assault. Some say it would mean better collection of forensic evidence and better treatment of victims.

 Survivor Shares Experience With Rape Kit Testing | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 236

For this week’s Illinois Issues, we bring you a story about a measure that would train more nurses how to collect DNA evidence after a sexual assault for use in a criminal trial, often referred to as rape kits. NPR Illinois spoke with Melissa Souto about her experience undergoing the testing. Souto, a 23-year-old Chicago resident, said she was sexually assaulted two years ago on an Illinois college campus. She could not say where since her legal case is pending. Following the incident, Souto

 Sealing Eviction Filings Could Protect Tenants’ Rights, Advocates Argue | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 247

Keeping cases unsealed leaves guiltless tenants at risk for rejection, but that could make it difficult for landlords to be diligent in screening, Realtors say.


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