Statewide: The 1919 Black Sox - What Happened And What Didn't

Mar 28, 2019

This baseball season marks a century since the infamous Black Sox scandal.  Ballplayers and gamblers colluded to throw the World Series.   It's recounted in the book and movie titled "Eight Men Out."  But new research sheds light on the story we thought we knew.  

Also, some believe one way to solve the teacher shortage is to reduce test requirements for teachers.  We look at the proposals under considertion.  

That and more on this week's Statewide.

* Sean Crawford talks with Illinois Issues columnist Charlie Wheeler, who writes about the brief time Illinois had a graduated income tax.  He explains how it came to be and why it went away.

* Grant Gerlock and Esther Honig of Harvest Public Media examine the rise in farm bankruptcies.

* Dana Vollmer interviews Yana Kunichoff, whose documentary "Stateville Calling" deals with the lack of parole in Illinois.  The film is being screened throughout the state.

* Lee Gaines with Illinois Public Media speaks with professor Mikhail Lyubansky regarding restorative justice in schools.

* Dusty Rhodes breaks down the plans that would change requirements for getting an Illinois teaching certificate.

* Sean Crawford and Jacob Pomrenke with the Society for American Baseball Research discuss new information about the 1919 Chicago White Sox and the throwing of the World Series.  

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