Statewide: The Segregated Heartland; 'Public Official A' Podcast Tells The Blagojevich Story

Jan 24, 2019

Segregation can be found all across the country.  But few might realize the level that exists in communities right here in Illinois.  An investigation finds many of Illinois' mid-sized cities rank among the most divided nationally. 

And there's a new podcast that tells the story of impeached governor Rod Blagojevich, from the point of view of those who were part of the story:  his wife Patti, federal agents, those who worked closely with him and more.  The first episode is already available with more to come.

On this week's Statewide:

* Sean Crawford hears from reporters Dan Vock and Brian Charles of Governing Magazine.  Their six month probe into segregation throughout Illinois was published this week.

* A conversation with Dave McKinney of WBEZ.  His new podcast, Public Official A, is all about Rod Blagojevich.  You might think you know the story, but he's uncovered new details from a variety of sources.

* Mary Hansen takes a closer look at the cybersecurity industry and why some job seekers are finding it difficult to get hired.

* Dusty Rhodes visits Malcom X College in Chicago and students enrolled in its mortuary science program. 

* Lee Gaines has the story of Perry Cline, a former prisoner who overcame the odds to get a college degree.

Statewide is a production of NPR Illinois with help from other Illinois public radio stations.  Find all our episodes online at 

Listen to Statewide across Illinois 

  • Bloomington/Normal – WGLT 89.1 (Fridays 11 a.m. - Noon)
  • Carbondale – WSIU 91.9 (Sundays 6-7 a.m.)
  • Mount Vernon - WVSI 88.9 (Sundays 6-7 a.m.)
  • Onley - WUSI 90.3 (Sundays 6-7 a.m.)
  • Rockford/DeKalb – WNIJ 89.5 (Saturdays 6-7 a.m., Sundays 6-7 p.m. Beginning February 2, 2019)
  • Springfield/Decatur - WUIS 91.9 (Fridays 11 a.m. - Noon, 11 p.m. - Midnight, Saturdays 9-10 a.m.)
  • Peoria – WCBU 89.9 (Fridays 6-7 p.m.)
  • Pittsfield - WIPA 89.3 (Fridays 11 a.m. - Noon, 11 p.m. - Midnight, Saturdays 9-10 a.m.)
  • Urbana/Champaign – WILL 580 (Fridays 11 a.m. - Noon, 7-8 p.m.)