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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: A Pandemic View From Southern Illinois


Illinois is a big state with a lot of different viewpoints.  On this episode, we focus on southern Illinois to find out how residents are coping with restrictions and public health recommendations.  

We'll hear a community showed support for a nursing home with dozens of cases of COVID-19 and more than twenty deaths. 

And coaches and athletes prepare all year for a season to begin.  But this spring left them wondering what might have been.

Those stories and more on this week's Statewide.

Our lineup:

* Dan Miahlopolous of WBEZ talks with State Representative Darren Bailey, who has filed suit against Gov. J.B. Pritzker over his stay-at-home order.

* Sean Crawford visits with WSIU News Director Jennifer Fuller to get a better picture of how the pandemic is playing out in southern Illinois.  

* Christine Herman with Illinois Newsroom interviews authors of a report on COVID-19 and its impact on healthcare workers and facilities.

* Jim Meadows of WILL tells us about theater groups performing online until live in-person shows can resume.

* Michael Puente of WBEZ tells the stories of meat processing plant workers who worry about their safety during COVID-19.

* Harvest Public Media's Dana Cronin reports on how cannabis dispensaries, who don't qualify for federal financial assistance, are in a tough spot.

* Peter Medlin of WNIJ talks with coaches and athletes about a lost sports season.

* Lecia Bushak explains if we should be worried about "murder hornets."

* Sam Dunklau reports on how contact tracing apps are raising privacy concerns.  

* Mary Hansen reports on a show of community support for those at a nursing home in Sherman, which has seen more than 20 residents die from COVID-19.

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 (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.)
  • Quad Cities - WVIK HD 2 (Sundays 11 a.m. - Noon)