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Remembering "Red Summer" 100 Years Ago; Illinois' Crop Forecast Remains A Concern


The wet spring in Illinois is reflected in the latest crop numbers that show Illinois' corn and soybeans are behind their normal pace.  We'll discuss what challenges remain in the growing season and what it all means for consumers.

Also, in the summer of 1919 a deadly race riot in Chicago was one of several across the country.  We look back at that incident in what's known as "Red Summer."  

That and more on this week's Statewide.

* Sean Crawford speaks with American Farm Bureau Chief Economist John Newton about the latest crop progress report in Illinois

* Jennifer Fuller of WSIU interviews Sen. Dale Fowler (R-Harrisburg) about this weekend's Southern Illinois Made Expo.

* Daisy Contreras reports on a potential solution to the Y Block discussion in downtown Springfield.

* Mary Hansen looks closer at Springfield's city-owned coal power plant and efforts to switch energy sources.

* Jim Meadows of Illinois Public Media talks with Danville Mayor Rickey Williams Junior about efforts to put a casino in his city along the Indiana border.

* Sam Dunklau has our Illinois Issues report, examining if Illinois is inching closer to doing away with religious exemptions for vaccines.

* Dana Vollmer with WCBU attended a ceremony in Peoria where nearly 100 people became U.S. citizens.

* Brian O'keefe of WDCB sat down with author Claire Hartfield, author of "A Few Red Drops", to discuss the 1919 Chicago race riot.

Listen to Statewide across Illinois: 

  • Bloomington/Normal – WGLT 89.1 (Fridays 11 a.m. - Noon)
  • Carbondale – WSIU 91.9 (Sundays 6-7 a.m.)
  • Mount Vernon - WVSI 88.9 (Sundays 6-7 a.m.)
  • Olney - WUSI 90.3 (Sundays 6-7 a.m.)
  • Rockford/DeKalb – WNIJ 89.5 (Saturdays 6-7 a.m., Sundays 6-7 p.m.)
  • Springfield/Decatur - WUIS 91.9 (Fridays 11 a.m. - Noon, 11 p.m. - Midnight, Saturdays 9-10 a.m.)
  • Peoria – WCBU 89.9 (Fridays 6-7 p.m.)
  • Pittsfield - WIPA 89.3 (Fridays 11 a.m. - Noon, 11 p.m. - Midnight, Saturdays 9-10 a.m.)
  • Urbana/Champaign – WILL 580 (Fridays 11 a.m. - Noon, 7-8 p.m.)
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