Map of the Mahomet Aquifer
(Illinois State Water Survey)
September 09, 2015

3 Local Govts. Approve Landfill Consent Decree; 3 Delay Action

The Piatt County Board, Normal Town Council and the Decatur City Council all voted this week to approve a consent decree meant to keep future hazardous waste out of the Clinton Landfill. But local officials in Urbana, Forsyth and Champaign County delayed their decision.


A woman walks on the U of I campus in Urbana in a February 19th photo.
(AP Photo/David Mercer)
September 08, 2015

U of I Sees Rise In International, Minority, In-State Students

The number of international students at the University of Illinois' Urbana campus continues to grow. Over ten percent of this year's freshman class is from China, while students from India and South Korea make up one percent each, according to numbers out today from the U of I.


Elections are usually held on Tuesdays but this week a special general election will be held in west central Illinois on Thursday.  Voters can head to the polls on September 10 to decide a single contest: for Congress in the 18th District.
(Photo: WikiCommons)
September 08, 2015

New Congressman to be Chosen This Week

The district has been without representation in Congress since Republican Aaron Schock resigned at the end of March amid spending scandals.  The special general election pits Republican Darin LaHood against Democrat Rob Mellon, who won their respective special primaries in July.


The site along Windsor Road on the University of Illinois Urbana campus, where a solar farm is under construction.
(Jim Meadows/Illinois Public Media)
September 08, 2015

20-Acre Solar Farm Under Construction At U Of I

The newest crop at the U of I South Farms will not be fruits or vegetables, but electricity. A solar farm is expected to begin supplying some of the electricty used on the Urbana campus by Thanksgiving.


A close-up photo of the emerald ash borer
(Wikimedia Commons)
September 07, 2015

Emerald Ash Borer Claiming More Ash Trees

As the Emerald Ash Borer population continues to grow in Champaign-Urbana, the area could lose up to 90 percent of its ash trees.


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