Pandemic

The Illinois Department of Employment Security has uncovered a nationwide fraud scheme impacting every state's federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program.

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American professional and collegiate sports are trying to return after having their seasons turned upside down during the current COVID-19 pandemic.

In this commentary, WSIU Radio contributor Pete Peterson looks at how over 100 years ago, the Spanish Flu forced baseball and college football to adjust their seasons to deal with the devastating impact of that pandemic.

The pandemic and accompanying stay-at-home orders have greatly affected many regional services, including utilities.

Governor J.B. Pritzker’s stay-at-home order and the accompanying months of social distancing have greatly affected what buildings remain open, and where people spend their time. 

Modern life requires electricity, and more people at home has changed how it’s consumed.  Aleksi Paaso is the Director of Distribution Planning at ComEd.  He said the times of day in which people use the most electricity haven’t shifted, but the system’s still been affected.

Why Did The Turtle Cross The Road?

Jun 21, 2020

Here's a joke: Why did the turtle cross the road?

Answer: To find food, water, a mate and a nesting location.

Of course, that's not really a joke. Turtles all across Illinois are making their way across the state's 140,000 miles of roadways. Some are looking for food and water, but it's also breeding season. That means turtles are looking for mates and trying to find places to lay their eggs.

Amelia Blakely

Even the way a farmers market operates has changed since the pandemic started as social-distancing practices become more critical for maintaining public health.

In Carbondale, Illinois the farmers market switched to a drive-thru allowing some local producers to sell their goods in a physically-distant manner with masks and gloves. 

Amelia Blakely

For many people, Governor JB Pritzker's stay-at-home order means that to stay safe during the COVID-19, you stay home. But for individuals experiencing homelessness, where can they go to protect their health and others?

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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Emeritus SIU Professor John Martinko about his upcoming Science Cafe, focusing on the 1918 Influenza Pandemic.