An Illinois Family Deals With Deportation; The Problems With TIF Districts

Sep 5, 2019

66 year old Julie Bartolome bid a tearful farewell to her loved ones in the Chicago area as she was sent back to her native Phillipines last month.  Our reporter was there when the matriarch of the family lost her battle with immigration authorities after more than 30 years in the United States. "Stay healthy, eat well," her husband Edgardo said she told him. "Don't cry." 

Also, we learn about tax increment financing and the development tool widely used and sometimes abused.

And, a discussion on the historic Old Slave House in southern Illinois. 

That and more on this week's Statewide.

* Lee Gaines of Illinois Public Media talks with Mark Klaisner, president of the Illinois Association of Regional Superintendents of Schools, about the teacher shortage.

* Sean Crawford sits down with Distinguished Professor Kenneth Kriz of the University of Illinois Springfield to discuss tax increment financing.  They talk about how TIF districts work and their pros and cons.  

* Guy Stephens of WNIJ interviews Brian Haug, who is president of the Illinois Solar Energy Association, about the state's efforts to boost renewable energy like solar.

* Esther Yoon-Ji Kang of WBEZ 91-5 FM has the story of the Bartolome family.  The wife and mother was deported last month. 

* Sean Crawford speaks with Molly Parker, a reporter with the Southern Illinoisan, about the Crenshaw House in Gallatin County, more commonly referred to as the Old Slave House.  The state owns the property, but its future remains uncertain. 

* Amy Mayer with Harvest Public Media savors a summer treat: sweet corn.  

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