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State Week: COVID-19 Spread 'Likely' In Illinois; Primary Less Than Two Weeks Away

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Brian Mackey
NPR Illinois

With new cases of the coronavirus disease known as COVID-19, Illinois public health officials say the question of the virus spreading here is no longer a question of if, but when and how widely. At least two Chicago conventions were canceled, though officials say the risk to most Illinoisans remains low.

Meanwhile, the Democratic presidential primary field consolidated in the last week, with former Vice President Joe Biden and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders the remaining major candidates. That's left undecideds and supporters of other candidates scrambling to choose sides — or in some cases to withhold endorsements.

Brian Mackey hosts with regular panelist Charlie Wheeler and guests Greg Hinz of Crain’s Chicago Business and Jamie Munks of the Chicago Tribune . Sean Crawford is away.

Brian Mackey formerly reported on state government and politics for NPR Illinois and a dozen other public radio stations across the state. Before that, he was A&E editor at The State Journal-Register and Statehouse bureau chief for the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin.
The former director of the Public Affairs Reporting (PAR) graduate program is Professor Charles N. Wheeler III, a veteran newsman who came to the University of Illinois at Springfield following a 24-year career at the Chicago Sun-Times.
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