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

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.

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* 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.

Listen to Statewide across Illinois in:

  • Bloomington/Normal – WGLT 89.1 (Fridays 11 a.m. - Noon, Sundays 6-7 a.m.)
  • Carbondale – WSIU 91.9 (Fridays 2-3 p.m. and Sundays 6-7 a.m.)
  • Mount Vernon - WVSI 88.9 (Fridays 2-3 p.m. and Sundays 6-7 a.m.)
  • Olney - WUSI 90.3 (Fridays 2-3 p.m. and Sundays 6-7 a.m.)
  • Rockford/DeKalb – WNIJ 89.5 (Saturdays 6-7 a.m., Sundays 2-3 p.m.)
  • Springfield/Decatur - WUIS 91.9 (Fridays 11 a.m. - Noon, 11 p.m. - Midnight, Saturdays 9-10 a.m.)
  • Peoria – WCBU 89.9 (Fridays 11a.m. -12 noon, Sundays 6-7 a.m.)
  • Pittsfield - WIPA 89.3 (Fridays 11 a.m. - Noon, 11 p.m. - Midnight, Saturdays 9-10 a.m.)
  • Quad Cities - WVIK HD2 (Sundays 11 a.m. - 12 noon)
  • Urbana/Champaign – WILL 580 (Fridays 11 a.m. - Noon, 7-8 p.m.)
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