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Statewide: Fewer Newspapers Are Making Endorsements; Second City For Sale

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On this week's episode, while we are in the midst of election season, more newspapers are choosing to forego the traditional political endorsement process.  There are different reasons for the decision, We'll hear from an Illinois editor about why her paper has followed this trend.   

Billed as an improvisational comedy enterprise, Second City has launched careers of some of the biggest comedians in recent decades.  Now, it's up for sale.  We'll have a report from Chicago. 

And have you noticed more stinkbugs in recent years?  The invasive pest can be damaging to crops and they want to spend the winter in your home.  Those stories and more on Statewide.

Our lineup:

* Sean Crawford talks with Leisa Richardson, Executive Editor for the State Journal-Register in Springfield about the paper's decision to end political endorsements.  

* Carrie Shepherd of WBEZ reports the famed comedy institution Second City is for sale. 

* Tim Shelley of WCBU visits with Bradley University professor Cory Barker about the state of the movie industry. 

* Christine Herman with Illinois Newsroom tells us about mask research from the University of Illinois.

* Chase Cavanaugh of WNIJ explains a northern Illinois company is working to find ways to extend the life of N95 masks. 

* Juanpablo Ramirez-Franco reports school bus drivers in Rockford continue to adjust during the pandemic. 

* Jenna Dooley talks with Jerry Nowicki of Capitol News Illinois on the latest news involving the graduated income tax amendment.

* Jonathon Ahl with Harvest Public Media compares the presidential candidates when it comes to their agriculture platforms. 

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* Sean Crawford interviews an expert on a relatively new pest in Illinois, the brown marmorated stinkbug.  

* Herb trix of WVIK introduces us to an artist who is using damage from a recent storm as part of his works.  Statewide for the week of October 9, 2020

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