Eric Schmid

Eric Schmid covers the Metro East area in Illinois for St. Louis Public Radio. He joins the news team as its first Report for America corps member and is tasked with expanding KWMU's coverage east from the Mississippi. Before joining St. Louis Public Radio, Eric held competitive internships at Fox News Channel, NPR-affiliate WSHU Public Radio and AccuWeather. As a news fellow at WSHU's Long Island Bureau, he covered governments and environmental issues as well as other general assignments.
Eric grew up in Northern Colorado but attended Stony Brook University, in New York where he earned his degree in journalism in 2018. He is an expert skier, avid reader and lifelong musician-he plays saxophone and clarinet.

St. Louis Public Radio File Photo by Eric Schmid

The line outside the Metro East’s first recreational marijuana dispensary was already long hours before it opened for the first time last January.

Hundreds of people packed themselves into a tight metal maze that could barely contain the growing crowd at Ascend in Collinsville. The line continued away from the building, snaking along a nearby sidewalk, its tail winding out of sight.

Updated Aug. 21 to reflect eviction moratorium extension

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker will extend the state’s ban on evictions for another 30 days, his office said Friday.

The new moratorium will now expire on Sept. 19 instead of Saturday.

The current ban protects people who’ve fallen behind on their rent payments because of disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Landlords can still evict tenants if they pose a direct threat to the health and safety of other tenants or violate a building code health ordinance or other regulations.

BELLEVILLE — The U.S. Census Bureau will extend the deadline for when people can respond to the census by three months. The revised schedule was pushed back last month because of the coronavirus outbreak, according to an updated schedule provided by the bureau. 

Nearly every aspect of how the census counts people living in the U.S. is impacted by this extension. The self-response window and in-person follow ups for households that do not respond will now wrap up at the end of October instead of July.

The extension presents both challenges and opportunities for Illinois, which has relied on local community organizations across the state to promote census engagement with state funded grants, through local in-person outreach, physical and social media advertising and events.