Statewide: A Story Of Exoneration And Adjustment; Shawnee National Forest Fee Proposal

Oct 24, 2019

We sit down with a woman who spent years in prison for the murder of her 3-year old son.  She was later exonerated.  But in our conversation with Kristine Bunch, she talks about her time behind bars, her struggle with forgiveness and why returning to her friends and family has been challenging.   

The amazing scenery of the Shawnee National Forest makes it a tourist destination.  But some of its most popular sites might soon begin charging admission.  We find out what's behind the change. 

That and more on this episode of Statewide. 

This week's lineup:

* Daisy Contreras talks with Kristine Bunch, an Indiana woman who spent 17 years in prison after a wrongful conviction.  She was exonerated in 2012, but even though she is now free, the transition has sometimes been difficult.  

* Lee Gaines with Illinois Newsroom reports on Illinois' inequitable school funding system and the resulting anxiety it causes for students. 

* Peter Medlin of WNIJ visits with a group of FFA students working to change perceptions about the organization.  

* Rachel Otwell, through a partnership with ProPublica, looks at newly announced recommendations at the University of Illinois for dealing with sexual harassment.  

* Maureen McKinney has our Illinois Issues report examining abortion rates in the Midwest.  The numbers indicate more women are coming to Illinois for the procedure from neighboring states that have more restrictions in place.

* Daisy Contreras talks with assistant professor Riham Sawah of Lincoln Land Community College about a Syrian art exhibit.  

* Sean Crawford talks with Laura Lecher with the Shawnee National Forest about a plan that could soon charge visitors to enter some of the most popular sites.

* Megan Feeney of Harvest Public Media finds out some Midwest livestock producers are having problems with black vultures.  

* As we near Halloween, Herb Trix of WVIK speaks with the authors of "Ghosts of the Quad Cities."

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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