Statewide: Corruption In Chicago And The State Of Illinois; New Voters Get Their Say

Feb 28, 2020
Originally published on February 28, 2020 9:27 am

On the latest episode of Statewide, a new report examines the past and present of corruption in both Chicago and the State of Illinois.  It also ranks them compared to other governments throughout the country.  Spoiler alert: it's not a pretty picture. 

How are college students viewing this election season and what questions do they have for candidates?

And despite the same pressures faced by the newspaper industry as a whole, some individuals are making an effort to keep student papers keep printing.  

That and more on Statewide.

This week's lineup:

* Dana Cronin of Harvest Public Media reports hemp growers face a problem beyond typical farming challenges.  She reports on a hemp heist in Illinois.

* Adriana Cardona-Maguigad of WBEZ talks with teachers and students committed to keeping high school newspapers alive.

* Dusty Rhodes, with help from a couple of high school journalists, sets out to discover if school districts are following a state law requiring free feminine hygiene products be made available in schools.  

* Chase Cavanaugh of WNIJ tells us how a northern Illinois college both registers and educates new student voters.

* WNIJ talks with some college-age voters about what they would say to politicians if they had the chance.

* Peter Medlin has a report on teachers from Uruguay who brought their perspective to some Illinois classrooms.  

* Side Effects Public Media's Natalie Krebs explains the demand for kidney transplants has those in need  trying unusal ways to locate donors.

* Maureen McKinney interviews Thomas Gradel. He's a co-author of the book Corrupt Illinois: Patronage, Cronyism and Criminality.  They discuss findings showing Chicago and the state rank high for corruption compared to other governments.   

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