Statewide: Impact Of Fines And Fees On The Poor; Rock And Roll Museum On Rt. 66

Oct 31, 2019

This week, we hear how the legal system can have a disproportionate impact on low income individuals.  Fines and fees can pile up and experts say that can keep people in a cycle of poverty.  We'll learn what other states are doing to improve the situation.

East St. Louis has a rich cultural history, but even many of its residents are unaware.  A new effort is underway to show the town's contributions.

And speaking of history, Illinois has plenty to brag about when it comes to homegrown musical artists.  We'll learn about plans for the Rock and Roll Museum on Route 66.

That and more on this episode of Statewide.

This week's lineup:

* Chip Mitchell with WBEZ examines why most of the unsolved murders in Chicago involve African-American victims.   

* Mary Cullen of WGLT talks with national experts about legal fines and fees and the impact on the poor. It's part of her series on the topic.  

* Dusty Rhodes reports on a lawsuit involving a school district and a facility that helps care for disabled students.

* Dusty Rhodes talks with us about the new State Report Card for schools, released this week.  

* Peter Medlin of WNIJ finds the number of unvaccinated students in Illinois has been on the rise.

* Mary Hansen reports on solar energy in Springfield and the role of the city's public-owned utility.

* KWMU's Eric Schmid visits with Reginald Petty, an East St. Louis native, about a project to create the East St. Louis Historical Society.

* Kevin Deiber with WDCB tells us about plans for a rock and roll museum on Route 66, celebrating Illinois musicians.  

Listen to Statewide across Illinois in:

  • Bloomington/Normal – WGLT 89.1 (Fridays 11 a.m. - Noon)
  • Carbondale – WSIU 91.9 (Fridays 2-3 p.m. and Sundays 6-7 a.m.)
  • Mount Vernon - WVSI 88.9 (Fridays 2-3 p.m. and Sundays 6-7 a.m.)
  • Olney - WUSI 90.3 (Fridays 2-3 p.m. and 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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