Statewide: The Debate Over Free Speech At Colleges; Building A Bee Database

Mar 21, 2019

 When does freedom of speech and academic freedom go too far? The argument is playing out on college campuses across the country, including right here in Illinois.  In some cases, it's pitting students against professors and universities.

Also, we've been hearing about the decline of the bee population for years.  An Illinois graduate student wants to find out what beekeepers are seeing and build a database. 

That and more on this week's Statewide.

* Sam Dunklau talks with Jacob Torres, an entomology student at the U of I Urbana Champaign, who is trying to track data about bees and make it available to everyone.

 * Kate McGee of WBEZ tells how many universities are grappling with the limits of free speech on campuses.

* Daisy Contreras has our Illinois Issues report, which examines tipped workers, and the exemption for them under the recently passed minimum wage law.

* Mary Hansen interviews Acting Director of the Illinois Department of Agriculture John Sullivan about his push for rural broadband funding in a state infrastructure plan.

* Christine Herman visits with Carrie Vickery with Illinois Friends of Midwives to discuss plans to have Illinois license and regulate midwives.

* We wrap up our series on affordable housing with a report from Illinois Newsroom's Steph Whiteside.


 * Dusty Rhodes tells us about a change in the hours of instruction required in a school day - from 5 to 0.

* Jaclyn Driscoll profiles a freshman lawmaker, Rep. Karina Villa, and her efforts to improve mental health services.

* Michael Puente of WBEZ travels to Dwight to hear about a controversial plan that could place a privately run detention facility for undocumented immigrants in that village.


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