Statewide: Illinois Prepares For Legal Pot; A School District Tries To Address Racism

Dec 12, 2019

This episode looks ahead to the new recreational marijuana law that will take effect the first of the year.  You might have questions and we will try to provide answers.  We'll also hear how marijuana growers are working to meet the expected demand.

A new biography tells the story of Lane Evans, the late Illinois congressman from the Quad Cities.  Evans died in 2014 from complications related to Parkinson's Disease.

And racism in a suburban school district has led to a concerted effort to rebuild trust.

That and more on the latest Statewide.

This week's lineup: 

* Maureen McKinney answers some questions about the new adult use recreational marijuana law that is set to take effect Jan. 1. 

* Peter Medlin of WNIJ finds out how some colleges and universities plan to handle legalization on their campuses.

* Dana Vollmer of WCBU visits with a marijuana producer and talks about efforts to meet the expected retail demand. 

* Brian Mackey looks at recent survey results and asks why trust matters in our democracy.

* Herb Trix of WVIK interviews author Devin Hansen about his new biography of the late Illinois congressman Lane Evans.  

* Mary Hansen talks with neighbors of the former Pillsbury Mills plant in Springfield as they push to have more security around the site.

* Rich Egger of TriStates Public Radio gets us into the holiday spirit with a celebration of the song "Jingle Bells."

* Kate McGee reports for NPR on a woman who found an unfinished quilt and the help she received in completing the project. 

* Susie An of WBEZ finds a suburban school district is dealing with an unwanted spotlight over concerns about racist behavior. 

* Daisy Contreras introduces us to a Springfield museum that tells the story of businesses that helped African American motorists along Route 66.

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