Statewide: Dancing Around The Climate Change Conversation; Chicago Music History Lost

Jul 5, 2019
Originally published on June 27, 2019 4:59 pm

On this episode, while President Donald Trump has rejected the scientific evidence of climate change, nearly half of his voters — many in Midwestern states — believe in global warming. This bucks stereotypes about a rural voting bloc that doesn’t care about the environment. However, don't expect all of them to use the term "climate change."

Also, a major warehouse fire is believed to have destroyed thousands of original master recordings, including many from the legendary Chicago rock and blues label Chess Records.   We find out why that matters.  

That and more more on this week's Statewide.

* Sean Crawford speaks with reporter Sam Dunklau about Illinois' new law legalizing recreational marijuana.

* Sean Crawford talks with Rep. John D'Amico (D-Chicago) about a new law that toughens penalties on those who text while driving.

* Lisa Labuz of WBEZ talks with Sound Opinions' Greg Kot about the loss of early master recordings from Chicago label Chess.

* Dana Vollmer reports on efforts to fill more beds at Illinois' prison boot camps, rather than sending young offenders to traditional prisons. 

* Guy Stephens with WNIJ tells us how two northern Illinois arts organizations are using state grants to help extend their seasons – in different directions. 

* Madelyn Beck visits Illinois' southernmost city, Cairo, to find out about plans that could boost the troubled community. 

* Marlee Baldridge of Harvest Public Media finds out many in the midwest believe climate change is real. But they don't always use the term when talking about it.  

* Dusty Rhodes interviews Will Lovett of the Illinois Education Assocation about the idea of shifting the responsibility for teacher pensions to local school districts.

* Christine Herman with Side Effects Public Media tells us about the difficulties undocumented immigrants face in receiving mental health treatment.  She introduces us to a father worried about his son's future.  

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