Statewide: The Cost Of Health Care During COVID-19
On this episode, the pandemic has sent many people to the hospital. Some wound up in intensive care on a ventilator. Others have faced long recoveries. That's resulted in higher costs for health care. And everyone will end up paying more for it.
We also speak with a doctor from western Illinois, where vaccination rates are below average. And we hear from farmers who have found making a profit off of hemp crops to be challenging.
* Eric Schmid finds out how Illinois is still falling short on its promises to use recreational marijuana proceeds to help underserved communities.
* WNIJ's Peter Medlin examines school safety data in Rockford amid the debate over school resource officers.
* Dana Vollmer looks into the cost of the pandemic. For some, it's immeasurable.
* Rich Egger with TriStates Public Radio speaks with the Chief Medical Officer at McDonough District.
* Yvonne Boose speaks with a northern Illinois psychology professor about the mixed messages from health leaders regarding mask wearing.
* Christine Herman interviews a language development expert regarding the impact the pandemic has had on children learning to speak.
* Harvest Public Media's Brian Grimmett explores the difficulties some farmers are having growing hemp.
* Natalie Krebs of Side Effects Public Media looks at a new mental health system in Iowa that some say is falling short at a bad time.
* Peter Medlin tells us about a pandemic idea that has been successful: a summer food program for school kids.
* Tim Shelley visits with Betty DeFord, an organizer of the Redneck Fishing Tournament in the Mason county town of Bath. It's back after being cancelled the past two years.