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Statewide: The Pandemic And The Effect On Refugees In Illinois


Refugees fleeing war-torn countries have lived with stress and anxiety before.  For many, the pandemic has brought those feelings of uncertainty flooding back.  We'll hear from refugees, now living in Illinois.

We learn how an executive order signed by the governor to limit legal action against health care providers during the pandemic is having some unintended consequences.   And, how a man doing yard work discovered a civil war-era artifact that has proved to be a lucky find for a new museum.

Those stories and more on Statewide.

Our lineup:

* Peter Medlin of WNIJ finds out how COVID-19 has impacted students in foster care.

* Tara McClellan McAndrew brings us the story of the Sultana, a ship that exploded along the Mississippi River in 1865, resulting in a huge loss of life.

* Sean Crawford talks with Dave Blanchette of the Jacksonville Area Museum, about a donated Civil War-era bayonet and it's possible ties to U.S. Grant. 

* The pandemic has increased demand for backyard chickens and other birds.  But getting them shipped to owners can be a challenge. 

* Dana Cronin tells us about the difficulties women farmers have with tools and implements made for men.  It can be a safety issue.  

* Christine Herman tells us about new intitiatives to tackle gambling addiction.  

* We bring you a Side Effects Public Media report on a new Indiana program to help diabetics eat healthier.

* Eric Stock of WGLT introduces us to a central Illinois couple who say their attempts to sue for medical malpractice have been blocked by a recent governor's action.

* We listen to refugees, who say the pandemic has brought back familiar feelings they had before coming to Illinois and the U.S.


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.)
  • Quad Cities - WVIK 105.7 HD-2 (Fridays 11 a.m. - noon)
  • 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 11-noon, Sundays 6-7 a.m.)
  • Pittsfield - WIPA 89.3 (Fridays 11 a.m. - Noon, 11 p.m. - Midnight, Saturdays 9-10 a.m.)
  • Urbana/Champaign – WILL 580 (Fridays 11 a.m. - Noon, 7-8 p.m.)
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