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Eric Schmid

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St. Louis, MO, United States

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  • St. Louis Public Radio
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Past articles by Eric:

Story Recipe: Using Census migration data to find out where young adults are moving

Where to find the data, how to explore it, and questions to ask to reproduce the story for your community → Read More

Trump-backed Miller defeats veteran Davis in Illinois' 15th Congressional District

With about three-quarters of the GOP vote in, Miller had received nearly 58%. Davis conceded a little after 9 p.m. → Read More

Illinoisans likely won't see changes from the new energy bill for a few years

The new law promises significant changes for communities in the state, but it will take a few years before residents start to see them where they live. → Read More

Illinois' new congressional maps may favor Democrats, but they carve up cities like O'Fallon

The community of 32,000, one of the only growing cities in the Metro East, is split between two congressional districts. Some say this drastically hurts its representation. → Read More

It's 2021 and this Metro East community still doesn't have reliable internet

Service finally may begin in Fairmont City in the spring. → Read More

The Metro East won’t lose any congressmen under Illinois’ new maps

The number of downstate representatives is about the only thing that’s staying the same. The new boundary lines will likely swing the 13th district back to the Democrats. → Read More

Illinois’ proposed congressional map would boost Democrats

National Democrats are pushing the party in Illinois to produce a congressional map that guarantees as many Democratic-leaning districts as possible. → Read More

Most controversial St. Louis-area statues and street names remain despite 2020 protests

Little has changed despite protests and petitions calling for the removal of statues and street names that honor people with ties to slavery, genocide and other atrocities. → Read More

Rural Illinois doesn’t have enough health workers and the pandemic made it worse

A new report found the coronavirus pandemic exacerbated Illinois' rural health worker shortage. → Read More

As eviction moratorium expires, Illinois residents get more options for rental assistance

The Illinois Department of Human Services is distributing additional rent help through faith-based organizations. → Read More

Illinois May Add More Rules For Managing Toxic Coal Ash From Power Plants

The additional rules would build on ones finalized in April and would tackle historic ash fill, temporary storage piles, dust monitors and the way Illinois defines an environmental justice community. → Read More

Despite Mandate, Scott Air Force Base Still Working To Convince Vaccine Holdouts

Scott Air Force Base officials are mainly working to engage with the concerns airmen may have with the vaccine, rather than just force every member to get the shot. → Read More

Swansea Police Hire First Black Officers, Reflecting Demographic Shifts

The Metro East village of nearly 15,000 has grown much more diverse in the past decade, with nonwhite residents now accounting for 35% of the population. → Read More

Illinois’ New Energy Plan Promises Massive Shift Away From Fossil Fuels

The law puts the state on a path to reach 100% clean energy by 2050, with the goal of zeroing out carbon emissions by 2045. → Read More

2020 Census Shows More Diverse St. Louis Region — Creating Challenges And Opportunities

Asian, Hispanic and multiracial populations are growing throughout the St. Louis area. → Read More

How Missouri And Illinois Are Tackling Redistricting

Missouri and Illinois are approaching redistricting differently, with Missouri delaying the bulk of the process until 2022 and Illinois creating maps before the census data was even released. → Read More

Mississippi River Association Under Civil Rights Investigation

The EPA is investigating a complaint against the Upper Mississippi River Basin Association, which represents the governors of Missouri, Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin and Minnesota. → Read More

Metro East Leaders Launch Incubator To Grow Locally Owned Businesses

The Metro East Business Incubator will serve as a hub for local entrepreneurs trying to take the next step. → Read More

Transportation Command At Scott AFB Key To U.S. Evacuation In Afghanistan

The U.S. Transportation Command coordinates the logistical movement of troops and supplies for the country’s military. → Read More

Court Finds Ameren Violated Clean Air Act, Must Install Pollution Controls At JeffCo Plant

The decision upholds a 2017 ruling by a lower court and part of a 2019 order that Ameren install pollution controls at the coal plant. → Read More