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Thousands of children across Illinois missed out on outdoor opportunities through summer camp last year, when COVID-19 caused the cancellation of hundreds of camps and activities in 2020.

This year, camp directors say they're determined to get kids back outside.

As healthcare workers in the U.S. received COVID-19 vaccines, many were relieved and hopeful. But doctors who are foreign-born also describe a bittersweet feeling.

In his first weeks in office, President Joe Biden has rolled back multiple federal policies that negatively affected LGBTQ+ people under former president Donald Trump. But in Illinois, policy advocates say there’s still more battles to be fought.

University of Illinois

Researchers in Illinois are studying the spread of the Gulf Coast Tick.  A traditionally southern species which can spread disease.

Southern Illinois University

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with SIU President Dan Mahony about his reaction to Gov. JB Pritzker's budget proposal, along with plans for next year's tuition and fee rates across the SIU system.


WSIU's Brad Palmer talks with representatives from five different southern Illinois schools about how they're offering basketball games to their fans via video streams It's in response to the fact that most -- if not all -- fans are restricted from attending games in person.

COVID Forces Artist With Disability To Pause Teaching

Feb 16, 2021

Johnson Simon, a painter and professor who has cerebral palsy, had his career plan interrupted by the coronavirus pandemic. He spoke to Seth Johnson about his passion for teaching in an audio diary project for our Move to Include series.

As a person who likes to stay busy, Chelsea Davis had a hard time adjusting when COVID shut down her places of employment and volunteering. Seth Johnson interviewed her for Side Effects Public Media as part of an audio diary project for our Move to Include series.

Andrew Peterson isn’t one to stay still, but he’s had to get creative since COVID cancelled the marathons and competitions he’d normally be running in. Seth Johnson interviewed him and his father for Side Effects Public Media as part of an audio diary project for our Move to Include series.

What does an entertainment journalist do when he can’t cover events? Seth Johnson talks about his experience learning new skills — including creating radio diaries for Side Effects — during the pandemic. Part 1 of our Move to Include series on how people with disabilities are coping during this nationwide public health crisis. 

Rural Areas Face Challenges In COVID Vaccine Rollout

Feb 12, 2021

Across the Midwest, the rollout of COVID vaccines has been spotty. Lots of people are having a trouble with online signups. And vaccine demand far exceeds supply. That’s made the process challenging, especially in rural areas. 

SIU School of Law

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Prof. John Brittain about his lecture, "Awakening, Reckoning, and Mindfulness in 2020."

SIU Foundation

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with SIU Foundation CEO Matt Kupec about Day of Giving 2021, and how it's changed given the COVID-19 pandemic.

Southern Illinois University

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with SIUC Chancellor Austin Lane about his plans for Spring 2021 and beyond.

An expert believes the economy will look different as we rebound from the pandemic-related recession, and he said some post-pandemic economic trends are already beginning to emerge.

Paul Simon Public Policy Institute

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute's John Jackson about an unprecedented second impeachment trial for former President Donald Trump, COVID-19 relief, the political divide in Washington, and more.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks wtih Carbondale Mayor Mike Henry.

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.


WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike.

Southern Illinois University

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with SIU President Dan Mahony. 

State Climatologist Trent Ford Summarizes 2020 Weather

Jan 22, 2021
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On this edition of WSIU InFocus, Illinois State Climatologist Trent Ford looks back on the 2020 weather year.

Illinois Treasurer

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Illinois Treasurer Michael Frerichs about his office's Charitable Trust program, along with the state's Bright Start college savings plan and more.

As soon as COVID-19 hit, there was a massive jump in telemedicine visits. A Centers for Disease Control study found that in March 2020 there was a 154% increase compared to the previous year.

Now it’s clear the coronavirus has dramatically changed the way Americans get medical care. But some of these virtual options remain out of reach for the most vulnerable populations, like seniors.

Missouri health officials expect to vaccinate all health care workers by the end of January, followed by teachers and other essential workers.

A Davenport PE coach started making videos to keep his students active during quarantine. Now, he’s gone viral internationally. 


Southern Illinois University

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with SIU Carbondale Chancellor Austin Lane.

Baltz Commentary: Creating Backyard Parks

Jan 11, 2021
Photo courtesy of Mike Baltz

On his monthy feature, Ornithologist Mike Baltz talks about the importance of creating a more wildlife friendly backyard.

On Chicago’s Southwest side, a colorful mural pays tribute to America’s essential workers. It features three of the community’s very own: Rosalinda, a retail clerk; Javier, a postal carrier and Juan, a butcher shop worker. Underneath their portraits are the words El Corazon de Chicago: The heart of Chicago.

Cheryl LeFevre doesn’t drink the water in Hobart, Oklahoma without a filter. Without a filter, sometimes the water smells like chlorine or rust. Sometimes, it even comes out brown. She has to clean out her filter every two weeks, with what looks like sediment inside. 

As she pours water into a glass from her kitchen on a late afternoon in December, the water comes out clear. She says it still tastes like dirty water and has an aftertaste. 

“Some days it's like this, you know, clear and just fine,” LeFevre says. “And some days it's got all of that gunk in it.” 

Standing in her kitchen, Therese Richardson is making her favorite recipe. “The honey dijon roasted pork tenderloin. I like that one,” the 50-year-old Indianapolis woman says.

Richardson has Type 2 diabetes, meaning that cells in her body are resistant to insulin, causing her blood sugar levels to rise. Eating vegetables and other healthy food helps her avoid serious complications — and lowers blood sugar levels.