Statewide: Reporter Finds Racist Past, Hope For The Future In Small Illinois Town

Nov 14, 2019

This week, we hear about a community once known as a "sundown town" because African Americans were warned to be out of the city limits by nightfall.  It can be difficult for towns to shake that history.  We hear from a reporter who spent time in one to see if things have improved today. 

A northern Illinois man shares his story of getting to know German POW's who were kept in the state during World War II.  

And we learn about a camp for kids with type 1 diabetes.  That and more on this episode of Statewide.

Our lineup:

* Sean Crawford interviews ProPublica's Logan Jaffe about her story on Anna, Illinois.  It's a former sundown town in the southern part of the state. 

Credit Logan Jaffe/ProPublica Illinois

* Maria Ines Zamudio reports for WBEZ about a reunion of deported veterans in Mexico. 

* Chase Cavanaugh of WNIJ visits with a Hampshire man who recalls when German POW's were kept in nothern Illinois during World War II. 

* Herb Trix of WVIK reports on how Illinois will work with other midwest states to study availability of alternative fuel along Interstate 80.

* Peter Medlin explains how college has become too expensive for many students and some solutions to the problem. 

* WBEZ contributor Ken Davis tells us about the dramatic loss of trees in Chicago.

* Brian Mackey has our Illiois Issues report on how Congressman Rodney Davis has moved from being a Trump skeptic to a strong backer of the president.

* Steph Whiteside with Side Effects Public Media visits a camp that is a safe option for kids with type 1 diabetes.

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