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

Jan 25, 2019
Originally published on January 25, 2019 1:26 pm

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.

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