Statewide: Remaining Cautious After The Vaccine

Mar 12, 2021

  After a year of being extra careful to avoid the virus, individuals with other health problems are getting vaccinated.  But for some, it's not a free pass for life to get back to normal.  

Teaching civics can be difficult at any time.  Try it during a pandemic with remote learning amid a highly divisive time in our history.  We'll hear about the challenges.

Thsoe stories and more on this episode of Statewide.  

Our lineup:

* Vivian McCall reports some people with underlying health conditions say while they are pleased to see a COVID-19 vaccine, they won't resume regular activities anytime soon.

* Standardized testing will go on as scheduled in Illinois schools. WNIJ's Peter Medlin reports many adminsitrators want a better understanding of where students are academically.

* Illinois Newsroom's Lee Gaines reports on civics education in schools. Can it help bridge the divide?

* Brian Moline interviews Amanda Kass of the Government Finance Research Center at the University of Illinois-Chicago about her assertion that state and local money in the new COVID relief law is needed.  

* Katie Peikes with Harvest Public Media tells us about carbon markets for farmers and questions that surround them.

* Eric Schmid with St. Louis Public Radio talks with environmentalists who are concerned about a lack of rules for tearing down old coal fired power plants.

* St. Louis native Joseph Puelo discusses his documentary "America's Last Little Italy." It showcases The Hill section of the city.

* Christine Herman talks with Mayra Ramirez. The Illinois woman contracted COVID-19 last year and wound up becoming the first U.S. patient to undergo a double lung transplant.

* WGLT's Christine Hatfield reports on an effort to ban violent video games as a way to a reduce crime like carjackings.

* Maureen McKinney reports on a new criminal justice law in the state.  While opponents say it puts victims at risk, some advocates say it could benefit those who have experienced violent crime.   


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