Statewide: Limitation of payday loans; The debate on the use of military vehicles by the police
In this episode, we take a look at a new law that caps interest rates and fees on payday loans. While some say the lenders are using predatory practices, others say the problem is rooted in systemic racism.
We’ll also hear from an expert on why southern Illinois might have less representation when Illinois loses a seat in Congress.
And we hear about a central Illinois sheriff who wants to buy an armored vehicle for law enforcement and why some are against the idea.
* John Shaw, director of the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute, discusses the announcement of the loss of a congressional seat by Illinois. He says southern Illinois will likely be less represented at convention.
* We hear about a new Illinois law to cap interest rates and fees on payday loans.
* Dan Mihalopolus of WBEZ has more information on an investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct by Chicago Park District employees.
* Christine Herman of the Illinois Newsroom explains the changes to help new moms in the state keep their health insurance.
* Jonathon Ahl reports on the outlook for the barge industry as part of the green energy movement.
* Katie Peikes of Harvest Public Media shares the story of an Iowa town raising its dike to protect itself from flooding.
* Mary Hansen hears the Sangamon County Sheriff talking about his efforts to buy an armored vehicle for the community and an opponent who calls it a bad idea.
* Sean Crawford speaks with political science professor Chris Mooney about what he says is the least representative body of government, the US Senate.
* WCBU’s Tim Shelley tells us about people suffering from the side effects of COVID-19.
Listen to Statewide across Illinois in:
- Bloomington / Normal – WGLT 89.1 (Friday 11:00 a.m. – noon, Sunday 6: 7 a.m.)
- Carbondale – WSIU 91.9 (Fridays from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. and Sundays from 6 a.m. to 7 a.m.)
- Mount Vernon – WVSI 88.9 (Fridays 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. and Sundays 6 a.m. to 7 a.m.)
- Olney – WUSI 90.3 (Fridays from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. and Sundays from 6 a.m. to 7 a.m.)
- Quad Cities – WVIK 105.7 HD-2 (Friday 11 a.m. to noon)
- Rockford / DeKalb – WNIJ 89.5 (Saturdays 6-7 am, Sundays 2-3 am)
- Springfield / Decatur – WUIS 91.9 (Friday 11 a.m. – 12 p.m., 11 p.m. – midnight, Saturday 9:10 a.m.)
- Peoria – WCBU 89.9 (Friday 11:00 a.m., Sunday 6-7:00 a.m.)
- Pittsfield – WIPA 89.3 (Friday 11 a.m. – 12 p.m., 11 p.m. – midnight, Saturday 9:10 a.m.)
- Urbana / Champaign – WILL 580 (Friday 11 a.m. – 12 p.m., 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.)