This week, we hear from a Champaign-Urbana rap group whose members make their experiences with violence part of their music.
We learn about a public service announcement depicting school shootings that is grabbing attention. And that's the point. Also, we visit a small Illinois community that is the hometown of a world famous sculptor.
That and more on this episode of Statewide.
* Tony Arnold of WBEZ reports on how the I-PASS system used on Illinois tollways can be used to track motorists.
* Tim Shelley of WCBU takes a trip to Elmwood, a small town that pays homage to native son and sculptor Lorado Taft.
* Jason Parrott of TriStates Public Radio brings us the story of a barn captured on canvas by painters just hours before it was destroyed by a tornado.
* Sean Crawford speaks with U of I Extension educator Ken Johnson about the invasion of the brown marmorated stink bug in Illinois.
* Eli Chen of St. Louis Public Radio tells us about a woman who has made it her mission to take care of hens whose best laying days are behind them.
* Christine Herman of Illinois Public Media had a conversation with a teen rap group "Forever My Brothers" who use lyrics to address gun violence.
* Susie An of WBEZ reports on a public service announcement designed to get more attention on the problem of school shootings.
* Mary Hansen of NPR Illinois tells us remains of burned homes from the 1908 Springfield Race Riot are closer to being designated a National Historic Monument.
* Sam Dunklau with NPR Illinois finds out some former churches have been given new purposes.