Regionally Speaking, Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Jun 23, 2020

We revisit our conversations with Lake County's two political party chiefs on how the June 2nd primary election went and their thoughts on how the general election might go. "Post-Tribune" columnist Phil Potempa also joins us to talk about the observance this week of the 1918 Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus train wreck in Lake County that killed 86 people and injured 127. All were performers for the circus and their families.
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Today:   We revisit our conversations with Lake County Democratic Party chairman Jim Weiser and Republican Party chairman Dan Dernulc about the June 2nd primary election that was marked by the changes caused by the COVID-19 pandemic:  the shift, for many, to vote-by-mail and how candidates had to focus more on social media instead of in-person campaigning.  "Post-Tribune" columnist Phil Potempa joins us to talk about the observance this week of the 1918 Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus train wreck on tracks between Gary and Hammond and the horrendous fire that led to 86 deaths and 127 injuries.  The victims, many of them unidentifiable because of their burns, were buried at "Showmen's Rest," in an Illinois cemetery.  The wreck happened on June 22nd, 1918.