In this April 30, 2013 file photo, a poster projecting job and economic growth related to "fracking" is used by lawmakers  at the state Capitol in Springfield.
(AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File)
July 12, 2015

Appeals Court Upholds Illinois Fracking Rules

The 5th District Appellate Court Friday issued a ruling that upheld the state's rules for the oil and gas drilling technique.  The appellate court sided with a Madison County judge, rejecting a challenge from an environmental group.


Muncie Farm in Danville with several inches of standing water. Danville received 12.78 inches of rain in June
(Photo: Darrell Hoemann)
June 30, 2015

June Is The Fourth Wettest Month On Record

There was no shortage of rain this month, but rather a shortage of drainage solutions. Collectively, Illinois received 8.9 inches of rainfall in June making it the wettest June on record and the fourth wettest month in the state's history according to records dating back to 1895. Currently, the wettest month on record happened in September of 1926 when 9.26 inches of rainfall fell over Illinois.


A group of female African Savannah Elephants take a dust bath in Tanzania
Linda Honigfort
June 16, 2015

The African Elephant Is Actually Two Separate Species - And In Danger

According to researchers the African elephant is actually two different species of elephant - a development with big implications for conservation. We talk with Alfred Roca, a researcher at the University of Illinois who specializes in genetics and wildlife conservation, about the differences in the elephant and what that means for its survival. 


(TownMapsUSA.com)
June 13, 2015

State Sues City Of Monticello Over 2014 Sewage Discharge

Monticello is facing a lawsuit filed by the Illinois attorney general's office, over its July, 2014 discharge of raw sewage, after a heavy rainstorm that overwhelmed the city's sanitary sewer system.


In this June 20, 2012 file photo, construction is seen going on at the Clinton Landfill.
(AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File)
May 21, 2015

Senate Approves Landfill Measure

The bill that passed the Senate Thursday (HB 1326) deals with manufactured gas plant waste, which is called 'very dangerous' by co-sponsor Chapin Rose (R-Mahomet.)  The measure was inspired by efforts to keep PCB's out of the Clinton Landfill.


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