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"Yet there may be a silver lining. WSIU’s Petrowich said he’s seeing “unprecedented” levels of collaboration among Illinois stations because of the standstill.

STRANDED BY THE STATE, a documentary that explored the toll the budget impasse has taken on Illinois residents, was a result of this collaboration. The hourlong film, adapted from a YouTube series, aired in two parts last month. It was distributed by joint licensee WILL in Urbana to stations including WQPT."