Statewide: Burying young victims of gun violence
In 2021, more than 47,000 people of all ages died from gunshot injuries, the highest U.S. toll since the early 1990s, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This past year wasn't as deadly nationally, though the tally is still being finalized. Gun violence has become the leading cause of death among young people. Those whose job it is to bury the victims know that too well. We visit with the groundskeepers at Sunset Gardens in Millstadt, Illinois.
Also this week:
* The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released new rules regarding the Waters of the United States. JuanPablo Ramirez-Franco reports a legal fight could throw those rules into question.
* WCBU's Collin Schopp talks with scientists about a groundwater study of the Illinois River Basin.
* Peter Medlin has details on a pilot program at Northern Illinois University to bring virtual reality to classrooms.
* Eric Stock reports on a spat between two individuals on the same side of the gun rights issue.
* A conversation with U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth about national security, the debt ceiling, police reform and more.
* Maureen McKinney speaks with Scott Althaus of the University of Illinois about the SPOTLITE project, which includes a database tracking deadly force use by police in Illinois.
* Michael Puente of WBEZ braves the cold to interview hearty souls who recently took the polar plunge into Lake Michigan.