Statewide: Colleges Reconsider ACT, SAT Scores; More Interest In Historic Homes

Dec 6, 2019
Originally published on December 5, 2019 2:27 pm

On this episode of Statewide, we learn why some colleges say there is too much emphasis on standardized tests in the admissions process.  There is a growing movement to drop the requirement or place less of a priority on scores. 

Is an historic home a good fit for you?  Many are bypassing newly built houses for ones that have more character.  But they can be a lot of work.  We'll find out more. 

And a new proposal threatens to end minor league baseball in some Midwest communities.   These stories and more on Statewide.   

This week's lineup:

* Mary Hansen reports on Springfield's problem when it comes to police and fire pension costs.  Many communities are in the same situation. 

* Sean Crawford sits down with writer Tara McClellan McAndrew to learn more about the role Illinois played in the Manhattan Project during World War II. 

* Amy Mayer with Harvest Public Media has more on a new threat to pork producers: African swine fever.

* Eric Schmid of KWMU visits Belleville to find out why more people are purchasing historic homes.

* Zach Wilson of WVIK reports on a plan that could reduce the number of minor league baseball teams, including some here in the Midwest.

* Rich Egger with TriStates Public Radio explains how some colleges and universities are putting less emphasis on ACT and SAT scores when it comes to the admissions process.

* Dusty Rhodes tells us why consolidating schools can be so difficult, even though some districts have found success by coming together.

* Monica Eng of WBEZ introduces us to some Christmas tree sellers in Chicago during their busy season.

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