On the latest episode of Statewide, a new report examines the past and present of corruption in both Chicago and the State of Illinois. It also ranks them compared to other governments throughout the country. Spoiler alert: it's not a pretty picture.
How are college students viewing this election season and what questions do they have for candidates?
And despite the same pressures faced by the newspaper industry as a whole, some individuals are making an effort to keep student papers keep printing.
That and more on Statewide.
This week's lineup:
* Dana Cronin of Harvest Public Media reports hemp growers face a problem beyond typical farming challenges. She reports on a hemp heist in Illinois.
* Adriana Cardona-Maguigad of WBEZ talks with teachers and students committed to keeping high school newspapers alive.
* Dusty Rhodes, with help from a couple of high school journalists, sets out to discover if school districts are following a state law requiring free feminine hygiene products be made available in schools.
* Chase Cavanaugh of WNIJ tells us how a northern Illinois college both registers and educates new student voters.
* WNIJ talks with some college-age voters about what they would say to politicians if they had the chance.
* Peter Medlin has a report on teachers from Uruguay who brought their perspective to some Illinois classrooms.
* Side Effects Public Media's Natalie Krebs explains the demand for kidney transplants has those in need trying unusal ways to locate donors.
* Maureen McKinney interviews Thomas Gradel. He's a co-author of the book Corrupt Illinois: Patronage, Cronyism and Criminality. They discuss findings showing Chicago and the state rank high for corruption compared to other governments.
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