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Statewide: Jim Edgar On Statesmanship; How A Park Got An Unofficial Name Change


In a divided country, it's easy to point fingers and throw around blame.  Those who work in government are often targets.  But a new award will recognize those who do the public good.  Former Illinois Governor Jim Edgar joins us to talk about the award named after him and the late U.S. Senator Paul Simon.

And we'll learn about two middle-aged white women, who refer to themselves as vandals, for taking it upon themselves to change the name of a park that honored a former slaveholder.  

Those stories and more on this episode of Statewide.

Our lineup:

* Mary Hansen reports on an early pandemic outbreak at a long term care facility near Springfield.  We hear from staff and residents of The Villas East.

* Christine Herman talks with Carle Foundation Hospital President Lynne Barnes about how the system is faring during CO VID-19.

* Linda Lutton of WBEZ tracks down the two women who changed the name of a Chicago park, even if it wasn't official. 

* Former Illinois Governor Jim Edgar talks with John Shaw, Director of the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at SIU Carbondale.  A new award honoring statesmanship has been named after Simon and Edgar.  

* Illinois Newsroom's Lee Gaines interviews Robin Steans of Advance Illinois about the prospects for school funding the wake of a graduated income tax amendement faioling to win approval.

* Reporter Susie An tells us how, despite missing out on extra curricular activities, some high school students are still enjoying the milestones of teenage life.

* WNIJ's Peter Medlin visits with a high school cross country team to find out what their "COVID season" was like.

* Herb Trix of WVIK explains a long running football rivalry won't happen this year.

Statewide for the week of November 20, 2020

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