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Reporting from in and around Illinois. Listen to Statewide across Illinois in: Bloomington/Normal – WGLT 89.1 (Fridays 11 a.m. - Noon, Sundays 6-7 a.m.) Carbondale – WSIU 91.9 (Fridays 2-3 p.m. and Sundays 6-7 a.m.) Mount Vernon - WVSI 88.9 (Fridays 2-3 p.m. and Sundays 6-7 a.m.) Olney - WUSI 90.3 (Fridays 2-3 p.m. and Sundays 6-7 a.m.) Rockford/DeKalb – WNIJ 89.5 (Saturdays 6-7 a.m., Sundays 6-7 p.m.) Springfield/Decatur - WUIS 91.9 (Fridays 11 a.m. - Noon, 11 p.m. - Midnight, Saturdays 9-10 a.m.) Peoria – WCBU 89.9 (Fridays 6-7 p.m., Sundays 6-7 a.m.) Pittsfield - WIPA 89.3 (Fridays 11 a.m. - Noon, 11 p.m. - Midnight, Saturdays 9-10 a.m.) Urbana/Champaign – WILL 580 (Fridays 11 a.m. - Noon, 7-8 p.m.)

Latest Episodes

Statewide: Reporter Finds Racist Past, Hope For The Future In Small Illinois Town

This week, we hear about a community once known as a "sundown town" because African Americans were warned to be out of the city limits by nightfall. It can be difficult for towns to shake that history. We hear from a reporter who spent time in one to see if things have improved today. A northern Illinois man shares his story of getting to know German POW's who were kept in the state during World War II. And we learn about a camp for kids with type 1 diabetes. That and more on this episode of

50 MIN4 d ago
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Statewide: Reporter Finds Racist Past, Hope For The Future In Small Illinois Town

Statewide: Impact Of Fines And Fees On The Poor; Rock And Roll Museum On Rt. 66

This week, we hear how the legal system can have a disproportionate impact on low income individuals. Fines and fees can pile up and experts say that can keep people in a cycle of poverty. We'll learn what other states are doing to improve the situation. East St. Louis has a rich cultural history, but even many of its residents are unaware. A new effort is underway to show the town's contributions. And speaking of history, Illinois has plenty to brag about when it comes to homegrown musical

50 MIN2 w ago
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Statewide: Impact Of Fines And Fees On The Poor; Rock And Roll Museum On Rt. 66

Statewide: A Story Of Exoneration And Adjustment; Shawnee National Forest Fee Proposal

We sit down with a woman who spent years in prison for the murder of her 3-year old son. She was later exonerated. But in our conversation with Kristine Bunch, she talks about her time behind bars, her struggle with forgiveness and why returning to her friends and family has been challenging. The amazing scenery of the Shawnee National Forest makes it a tourist destination. But some of its most popular sites might soon begin charging admission. We find out what's behind the change. That and more

50 MIN3 w ago
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Statewide: A Story Of Exoneration And Adjustment; Shawnee National Forest Fee Proposal

Statewide: Training To Work With Marijuana; The Vine That Ate The South Is Now In Illinois

This week on Statewide, the new Illinois law that will make recreational marijuana legal will create a need for people to work in the industry. We'll explain how some are getting training through a college program. We'll go to Stateville Correctional Center to learn about inmates making the best of their situation. And the kudzu vine is a scourge in the southern U.S. Now, it's showing up here in Illinois. But there are individuals who are finding uses for the invasive plant. That and more on

50 MINOCT 18
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Statewide: Training To Work With Marijuana; The Vine That Ate The South Is Now In Illinois

Statewide: Illinois Issues Survey; National Marijuana Advocates Say Illinois' Law Is A Game Changer

Gov. J.B. Pritzker's approval rating is strong in the latest Illinois Issues survey, conducted last month involving registered voters from across the state. While more people see the state making progress, a majority of those responding still say the state is going in the wrong direction. We'll break down the findings. Also, a national marijuana advocacy group sees Illinois' recreational cannabis law as a big win - not just for the cause in Illinois, but across the country. And, a new report has

50 MINOCT 11
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Statewide: Illinois Issues Survey; National Marijuana Advocates Say Illinois' Law Is A Game Changer

Statewide: Teen Rappers Bring A Message Of Anti-Violence; Reaction To PSA On School Shootings

This week, we hear from a Champaign-Urbana rap group whose members make their experiences with violence part of their music. We learn about a public service announcement depicting school shootings that is grabbing attention. And that's the point. Also, we visit a small Illinois community that is the hometown of a world famous sculptor. That and more on this episode of Statewide.

50 MINOCT 4
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Statewide: Teen Rappers Bring A Message Of Anti-Violence; Reaction To PSA On School Shootings

Statewide: Illinois' Enrollment Exodus

Many Illinois colleges and universities are struggling to attract and keep students. The problem, along with what some are doing about it, is outlined in the Illinois public radio series Enrollment Exodus. On this episode of Statewide, we hear those reports from journalists throughout Illinois.

50 MINSEP 27
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Statewide: Illinois' Enrollment Exodus

Statewide: Big Ideas Turn A Town Into A Tourist Spot; Is Illinois' Voting System Secure For 2020?

Illinois has several sleepy, small towns that travelers bypass as they motor along highways. Only a few of these have figured a way to not only get people to stop, but to make their community a destination. Casey, in eastern Illinois, was struggling like most others just a few years ago. Then, Casey leaders started thinking BIG. This week, we hear about the transformation and get some advice for other towns. In 2016, Illinois' voting system was hacked and personal information for tens of

50 MINSEP 20
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Statewide: Big Ideas Turn A Town Into A Tourist Spot; Is Illinois' Voting System Secure For 2020?

Statewide: Small Town Theatre Restoration; Women See Opportunities In Trucking

On this episode of Statewide, many communities have seen the value of keeping and restoring their older theatres. We take a trip to one town where the theatre is making new memories. We chat with Charlie Wheeler, the longtime journalist and professor who recently retired, for his views on statehouse reporting. And we learn why some women are turning to truck driving as a career. That and more this week.

50 MINSEP 13
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Statewide: Small Town Theatre Restoration; Women See Opportunities In Trucking

An Illinois Family Deals With Deportation; The Problems With TIF Districts

66 year old Julie Bartolome bid a tearful farewell to her loved ones in the Chicago area as she was sent back to her native Phillipines last month. Our reporter was there when the matriarch of the family lost her battle with immigration authorities after more than 30 years in the United States. "Stay healthy, eat well," her husband Edgardo said she told him. "Don't cry." Also, we learn about tax increment financing and the development tool widely used and sometimes abused. And, a discussion on

50 MINSEP 6
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An Illinois Family Deals With Deportation; The Problems With TIF Districts

Latest Episodes

Statewide: Reporter Finds Racist Past, Hope For The Future In Small Illinois Town

This week, we hear about a community once known as a "sundown town" because African Americans were warned to be out of the city limits by nightfall. It can be difficult for towns to shake that history. We hear from a reporter who spent time in one to see if things have improved today. A northern Illinois man shares his story of getting to know German POW's who were kept in the state during World War II. And we learn about a camp for kids with type 1 diabetes. That and more on this episode of

50 MIN4 d ago
Comments
Statewide: Reporter Finds Racist Past, Hope For The Future In Small Illinois Town

Statewide: Impact Of Fines And Fees On The Poor; Rock And Roll Museum On Rt. 66

This week, we hear how the legal system can have a disproportionate impact on low income individuals. Fines and fees can pile up and experts say that can keep people in a cycle of poverty. We'll learn what other states are doing to improve the situation. East St. Louis has a rich cultural history, but even many of its residents are unaware. A new effort is underway to show the town's contributions. And speaking of history, Illinois has plenty to brag about when it comes to homegrown musical

50 MIN2 w ago
Comments
Statewide: Impact Of Fines And Fees On The Poor; Rock And Roll Museum On Rt. 66

Statewide: A Story Of Exoneration And Adjustment; Shawnee National Forest Fee Proposal

We sit down with a woman who spent years in prison for the murder of her 3-year old son. She was later exonerated. But in our conversation with Kristine Bunch, she talks about her time behind bars, her struggle with forgiveness and why returning to her friends and family has been challenging. The amazing scenery of the Shawnee National Forest makes it a tourist destination. But some of its most popular sites might soon begin charging admission. We find out what's behind the change. That and more

50 MIN3 w ago
Comments
Statewide: A Story Of Exoneration And Adjustment; Shawnee National Forest Fee Proposal

Statewide: Training To Work With Marijuana; The Vine That Ate The South Is Now In Illinois

This week on Statewide, the new Illinois law that will make recreational marijuana legal will create a need for people to work in the industry. We'll explain how some are getting training through a college program. We'll go to Stateville Correctional Center to learn about inmates making the best of their situation. And the kudzu vine is a scourge in the southern U.S. Now, it's showing up here in Illinois. But there are individuals who are finding uses for the invasive plant. That and more on

50 MINOCT 18
Comments
Statewide: Training To Work With Marijuana; The Vine That Ate The South Is Now In Illinois

Statewide: Illinois Issues Survey; National Marijuana Advocates Say Illinois' Law Is A Game Changer

Gov. J.B. Pritzker's approval rating is strong in the latest Illinois Issues survey, conducted last month involving registered voters from across the state. While more people see the state making progress, a majority of those responding still say the state is going in the wrong direction. We'll break down the findings. Also, a national marijuana advocacy group sees Illinois' recreational cannabis law as a big win - not just for the cause in Illinois, but across the country. And, a new report has

50 MINOCT 11
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Statewide: Illinois Issues Survey; National Marijuana Advocates Say Illinois' Law Is A Game Changer

Statewide: Teen Rappers Bring A Message Of Anti-Violence; Reaction To PSA On School Shootings

This week, we hear from a Champaign-Urbana rap group whose members make their experiences with violence part of their music. We learn about a public service announcement depicting school shootings that is grabbing attention. And that's the point. Also, we visit a small Illinois community that is the hometown of a world famous sculptor. That and more on this episode of Statewide.

50 MINOCT 4
Comments
Statewide: Teen Rappers Bring A Message Of Anti-Violence; Reaction To PSA On School Shootings

Statewide: Illinois' Enrollment Exodus

Many Illinois colleges and universities are struggling to attract and keep students. The problem, along with what some are doing about it, is outlined in the Illinois public radio series Enrollment Exodus. On this episode of Statewide, we hear those reports from journalists throughout Illinois.

50 MINSEP 27
Comments
Statewide: Illinois' Enrollment Exodus

Statewide: Big Ideas Turn A Town Into A Tourist Spot; Is Illinois' Voting System Secure For 2020?

Illinois has several sleepy, small towns that travelers bypass as they motor along highways. Only a few of these have figured a way to not only get people to stop, but to make their community a destination. Casey, in eastern Illinois, was struggling like most others just a few years ago. Then, Casey leaders started thinking BIG. This week, we hear about the transformation and get some advice for other towns. In 2016, Illinois' voting system was hacked and personal information for tens of

50 MINSEP 20
Comments
Statewide: Big Ideas Turn A Town Into A Tourist Spot; Is Illinois' Voting System Secure For 2020?

Statewide: Small Town Theatre Restoration; Women See Opportunities In Trucking

On this episode of Statewide, many communities have seen the value of keeping and restoring their older theatres. We take a trip to one town where the theatre is making new memories. We chat with Charlie Wheeler, the longtime journalist and professor who recently retired, for his views on statehouse reporting. And we learn why some women are turning to truck driving as a career. That and more this week.

50 MINSEP 13
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Statewide: Small Town Theatre Restoration; Women See Opportunities In Trucking

An Illinois Family Deals With Deportation; The Problems With TIF Districts

66 year old Julie Bartolome bid a tearful farewell to her loved ones in the Chicago area as she was sent back to her native Phillipines last month. Our reporter was there when the matriarch of the family lost her battle with immigration authorities after more than 30 years in the United States. "Stay healthy, eat well," her husband Edgardo said she told him. "Don't cry." Also, we learn about tax increment financing and the development tool widely used and sometimes abused. And, a discussion on

50 MINSEP 6
Comments
An Illinois Family Deals With Deportation; The Problems With TIF Districts
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