Ann-Marie Stimphson and Wes Kocher of Champaign plant a tree on Saturday, April 5, 2014 in Gifford, Ill.
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April 05, 2014

New Trees in Gifford Help Rebuild Community

If you travel to the Champaign County town of Gifford, you will still find destroyed homes and trees snapped like twigs by a tornado last November. After a long, bitter winter, people are working to put the community back together.


March 19, 2014

Johnson County Voters Reject Fracking Ban

Voters in southern Illinois' Johnson County have rejected a ballot referendum that could have prompted the county's governing board to restrict a form of oil drilling.


March 13, 2014

US EPA Hearings Set On Mahomet Aquifer

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has scheduled two hearings in May on a proposal to declare a central Illinois sole source aquifer an important source of drinking water. 


A home all but wiped away in Washington, Ill. during the November tornado.
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February 27, 2014

Illinois Politicians Challenge FEMA Formula

This week, Gov. Pat Quinn gave a keynote speech at a forum in Washington, D.C. on natural disasters. The governor says Illinois has suffered a record-number of incidents in recent years, and yet the state has come up short when it's sought help from the federal government. 


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February 16, 2014

Quinn To EPA: Don’t Reduce Ethanol Content

Gov. Pat Quinn is urging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency not to follow through on its own proposal to reduce amounts of ethanol that must be blended with gasoline.


February 06, 2014

Snowfall Makes Mobility Nearly Impossible For Wheelchair Users

More than 30 inches of snow have fallen on Champaign-Urbana this winter. Too often in this weather, property owners neglect shoveling city sidewalks. That can make it nearly impossible for some people to get around safely, including those who use a wheelchair or have trouble seeing well.


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President Obama delivers his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday. Obama discussed a range of topics including education, income inequality, climate change and immigration reform.
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January 28, 2014

Decrying Washington Stalemate, Obama Calls For ‘Year Of Action’

With the country slowly digging itself out of recession, some of his legislative priorities buried under Washington's partisanship and his approval ratings at some of their lowest levels, President Obama called for "a year of action" during his fifth State of the Union address on Tuesday.


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