Statewide: A School Nurse Breaks The Rules To Save A Life; Remembering The Derecho 10 Years Later

May 9, 2019

Imagine being put in a postion where you could lose your job and face legal repercussions for helping save the life of a young student.  That was the predicament an Illinois school nurse found herself in when a crisis happened.  She tells her story, which may lead to a rule change.

We look back at the dangerous derecho, which some say resembled an inland hurricane, that struck southern Illinois in May of 2009.  What happened and what lessons were learned.

That and more on this week's Statewide.

The lineup for this episode:

* Dana Vollmer explains the fight being waged by home birth advocates to get midwives licensed in Illinois.

* Dusty Rhodes introduces us to Jennifer Jacobs, a middle school nurse, who helped save the life of a diabetic student, despite having to go against policy to do it

* Peter Medlin of WNIJ tells us about the growing focus on vocational education.  

 * Sean Crawford speaks with WSIU News Director Jennifer Fuller regarding the ten year anniversary of a powerful derecho that struck southern Illinois. 

* Eric Stock of WGLT heads to the classroom to tell us about a group of cadets from Illinois State University working with grade schoolers.

* Anna Casey of Illinois Public Media talks with U of I professor Katheryn Clancy, whose research found undergraduate women in the field of physics experience high levels of sexual and gender harassment. 

* WBEZ's Kristen Schorsch uncovers how Illinois owes the federal government millions of dollars.  It stems from a program that had been set up to vaccinate poor kids.  

* Madelyn Beck with Harvest Public Media reports on a program in central Illinois to help preserve wetlands and help farmers at the same time. It's a way to improve habitat for migrating birds.

* Mary Hansen with Illinois Newsroom visits Granite City to learn about the town's crime free housing ordinance.  


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