Statewide: Farming, topsoil and dust storms
A massive pileup along Interstate 55 this month, south of Springfield, was caused by blowing dust from nearby farm fields. The low visibility resulted in accidents involving 72 vehicles. Eight people died and more than three dozen were hurt.
A researcher with the Union of Concerned Scientistssays it shows the need for the agriculture industry to adopt better soil conservation practices. She adds dust storms, like the one in central Illinois, could become more common with climate change. We talk with her about the problem and possible solutions.
Also this week:
* Dave McKinney has details on Exelon paying the legal fees for two now-convicted former Commonwealth Edison executives who were part of a conspiracy to bribe former Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan.