Sears store
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January 09, 2017

Sears Closing 150 Stores; Hog Facility Controversy; Sexual Assault Awareness Training For Stylists

On the 21st: Sears is one of Illinois’ most iconic brands, but is the end near for one of our oldest companies? We also got the latest on the revolt against a proposed 20,000-hog facility in western Illinois, and learned about a new state law that requires salon professionals to receive training to recognize signs of sexual assault and domestic violence.


A pump jack sits atop an oil well drilled by Campbell Energy this fall behind the Super 8 hotel in Grayville.
Richard Sitler / The Southern Illinoisan
December 21, 2016

Illinois Issues: Frackonomics

A few years ago, Illinois adopted regulations for high-volume horizontal fracking, but it was slow to get the permitting process up and running. Those in southern Illinois who were hoping for an economic boom have since seen the promise of fracking go bust. 


Daniel Byers/Illinois State Geological Survey
December 17, 2016

Feds Pump $10 Million Into Carbon Storage Research In Illinois

Two new federal grants worth more than $10 million will give researchers in Illinois money to investigate carbon storage in the state.

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin visited Richland Community College in Decatur on Friday to announce details about the U.S. Department of Energy grants headed to the Illinois State Geological Survey.


A rail tank car at the Fire Service Institute.
Darrell Hoemann/The Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting
December 07, 2016

Ethanol Spills On The Rise In The Midwest

The Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting found that as production and transportation of ethanol has risen dramatically in the region over the past three decades, so have ethanol spills.


Protestors celebrate at Oceti Sakowin Camp earlier today.
Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images
December 04, 2016

Army Corps Denies Easement For Dakota Access Pipeline

The Army Corps of Engineers has decided to deny a permit for the construction of a key section of the Dakota Access Pipeline.  The decision essentially halts the construction on the 1,172-mile oil pipeline about half a mile south of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. The decision is also a victory for the thousands of demonstrators across the country who flocked to North Dakota in protest.


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