Statewide: What The Winter Could Mean For Restaurants; Former Gov. Ryan On The Death Penalty

Sep 25, 2020
Originally published on September 24, 2020 4:06 pm

On this episode of Statewide, outdoor dining has allowed many restaurants to survive during the pandemic.  But what will happen as the temperature drops?  We'll have a report.

Former Gov. George Ryan explains how he came to the decision to put a hold on the death penalty in Illinois.  And, we'll tell you about a grassroots movement to shed more light on police work.  

That and more on this week's Statewide.

Our lineup:

* WBEZ's Vivian McCall tells us about restaurant owners and employees concerned about colder weather and what it will mean for their businesses amid COVID-19 restrictions.   

* TriStates Public Radio's Rich Egger introduces us to a group of Macomb women who began a campaign to buy body cameras for local police.

* Camberyn Kelly of WGLT talks with a front yard farmer in Normal whose corn has reached 15 feet high.

* Reporter Edith Brady Lunny interviews former Gov. George Ryan and journalist Maurice Possley about their new book that looks back at Ryan's moratorium on the death penalty. 

* Lee Gaines of Illinois Newsroom and Dana Vollmer with WGLT compare COVID-19 testing at two separate universities.

* Mary Hansen from NPR Illinois gives an update on a Springfield Facebook group created to help families during the pandemic.

* Jonathon Ahl with Harvest Public Media details efforts to bring more of an essential ingredient in beer to the midwest. 

* Peter Medlin of WNIJ reports fallout from a ransomware attack at an Illinois community college is far from over. 


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