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The Morning Drive Podcast: Thursday

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Welcome to this edition of the Morning Drive Podcast! In today’s episode, we continute our series on the conditions in some Illinois minumum-security prisons, and how Governor Quinn won’t let reporters in to see them.

But first, some news:

Only about a third of all 8th graders in the country are considered “proficient” in science, and in Illinois, it’s even less. The Museum of Science and Industry using “Mythbusters” themed experiments to try and change that for students in the Chicago region.

Former Illinois Gov. George Ryan has qualified for a work release program that will allow him to leave prison five months before his scheduled release date, according to his attorney.

Featured in the podcast:

Overcrowding in the Illinois prison system has officials putting inmates in some rather unusual places. Men recently released from Vienna prison describe being housed with 600 other inmates in an administration building with only seven toilets. WBEZ wants to visit that building, but Governor Pat Quinn says no. Today we turn our attention to another prison that Quinn is keeping out of public view.


And your WEATHER for today: Occasional showers and a few thunderstorms, highs in the mid to upper 70s but falling into the 60s by the evening. Chance of precipitation 90 percent. Tonight, occasional showers and a chance of thunderstorms, especially near the lake. Lows in the lower 60s except mid 60s downtown. Pretty windy, with gusts up to 30 miles per hour. Chance of precipitation 80 percent.

Friday, windy, mostly cloudy, chance of showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms near the lake in the morning. Highs in the lower 70s. North winds 10 to 20 miles per hour with gusts up to 30 miles per hour early in the morning early in the morning, increasing to 40 miles per hour throughout the day. Chance of precipitation 30 percent. Friday night, partly cloudy in the evening then clearing, lows in the upper 50s except lower 60s downtown.

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