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Reporting from in and around Illinois.Listen to Statewide on WNIJ Saturdays 6-7 a.m. and Sundays 6-7 p.m.

Statewide: Giving Students Options Other Than 4 Year Colleges; The Lowdown On Coyotes


High schools promote a four year college degree to students, often placing less priority on other options like vocational training, two year degrees and more.  We learn about a program in one community that is working to explain the different choices.  

More colleges and universities are making standardized test scores from the ACT and SAT scores optional when it comes to admissions.  

And we get a lesson on coyotes and why more are showing up in urban areas.  That and more on this episode of Statewide.

This week's lineup:

* Chase Cavanaugh of WNIJ tracks down what's behind the growing number of coyote-human interactions in northern Illinois.

* Sean Crawford sits down with writer Tara McAndrew, who has researched stories of those enslaved in Illinois in the 1800's.  We find out what she learned and what she didn't.

* Lee Gaines with Illinois Newsroo0m reports on the value of college-in-prison programs beyond recidivism. 

* Dusty Rhodes talks with Bob Schaeffer, Director of the National Center for Fair and Open Testing, about the trend of colleges putting less emphasis on standardized tests, like the ACT and SAT.

* Susie An of WBEZ tells us about a program in Chicago's northern suburbs showing students other options than going to a 4 year college or university. 

* Peter Medlin with WNIJ explains more colleges are offering cybersecurity degrees to combat the threat of data breaches.

* Christina Stella of Harvest Public Media reports on damage to water infrastructure last year and what that could mean as another flood season approaches.

Statewide for the week of February 7, 2020Listen to Statewide across Illinois in:

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  • Mount Vernon - WVSI 88.9 (Fridays 2-3 p.m. and Sundays 6-7 a.m.)
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  • 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.)

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