Statewide: Veterans' Home Families Call Out Pritzker; What Next For The Old Slave House?

May 16, 2019

Families of those who died at the Quincy Veterans’ Home during a Legionnaire's Disease outbreak are still upset.  Those deaths happened on the Rauner Administration’s watch.  But now they are questioning if the new governor is doing enough.  

Four women who are friends -- and also state lawmakers -- talk about how working on a key piece of legislation has brought them closer together.

And in southern Illinois, one of the oldest homes still standing is state-owned.  But there appears to be no plan for what's known as the Old Slave House. 

That and more on this episode of Statewide.

* Dave McKinney and Tony Arnold of WBEZ hear from relatives of those who died in the Legionnaire's Disease outbreak at a state-run veterans’  home. 

* Mary Cullen with WGLT finds out that even though it's an incrreasingly rare hobby, some in Illinois are big into button collecting. 

* Sarah Jesmer of WNIJ reports on a protest urging change in the Title IX process.

* Jaclyn Driscoll visits with four women lawmakers who were already friends, but have seen their bond strengthened as they've worked on a major piece of legislation: making recreational marijuana legal.

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* Brian Mackey has our Illinois Issues report, which focuses on missing items at the Illinois Department of Corrections and what that means for pursuing efficiency in state government. 

* Jim Meadows with Illinois Public Media interviews David Merriman about the University of Illinois Chicago study on the impact of a graduated income tax in neighboring states.

* We revisit a story from Dusty Rhodes about a popular game among high schoolers, where the goal is to "assassinate" their fellow classmates.  In the era of school shootings, is it appropriate?

* Sean Crawford talks with Molly Parker of the Southern Illinoisan regarding the past and the future of what's known as the Old Slave House.

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