Statewide: Colleges Reconsider ACT, SAT Scores; More Interest In Historic Homes

Dec 5, 2019

On this episode of Statewide, we learn why some colleges say there is too much emphasis on standardized tests in the admissions process.  There is a growing movement to drop the requirement or place less of a priority on scores. 

Is an historic home a good fit for you?  Many are bypassing newly built houses for ones that have more character.  But they can be a lot of work.  We'll find out more. 

And a new proposal threatens to end minor league baseball in some Midwest communities.   These stories and more on Statewide.   

This week's lineup:

* Mary Hansen reports on Springfield's problem when it comes to police and fire pension costs.  Many communities are in the same situation. 

* Sean Crawford sits down with writer Tara McClellan McAndrew to learn more about the role Illinois played in the Manhattan Project during World War II. 

* Amy Mayer with Harvest Public Media has more on a new threat to pork producers: African swine fever.

* Eric Schmid of KWMU visits Belleville to find out why more people are purchasing historic homes.

* Zach Wilson of WVIK reports on a plan that could reduce the number of minor league baseball teams, including some here in the Midwest.

* Rich Egger with TriStates Public Radio explains how some colleges and universities are putting less emphasis on ACT and SAT scores when it comes to the admissions process.

* Dusty Rhodes tells us why consolidating schools can be so difficult, even though some districts have found success by coming together.

* Monica Eng of WBEZ introduces us to some Christmas tree sellers in Chicago during their busy season.

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