Adolf Tolkachev leaving his car at a roadblock on June 9, 1985.
Courtesy of H. Keith Melton and the Melton Archive
July 10, 2015

A Tale Of Real-Life Espionage In New Book

David Hoffman details the story of Adolf Tolkachev, the most valuable Soviet spy during the Cold War, and the CIA agents he passed hundreds of thousands of pages of information to in his new book – the Billion Dollar Spy. 


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. 


An image of Garden of the Gods in Shawnee National Park from the Smithsonian Channel's 'Aerial America.'
Courtesy Smithsonian Channel
June 06, 2015

‘Aerial America’ Spotlights Illinois

The Smithsonian Channel series Aerial America has profiled all fifty United States, entirely from the air. Illinois will be the last state featured when its episode premieres on the Smithsonian Channel this Sunday night. 


A view of one of the control consoles at the training center of Exelon’s Clinton nuclear power station in DeWitt County. Exelon officials say their training center includes a mockup of the nuclear plant’s master control center that duplic
(Photo: Jim Meadows)
June 05, 2015

Legislative Nuclear Power Deal Still In The Dark

Exelon still has hopes for the legislation, once lawmakers are done dealing with the state budget. And whether or not it passes could have in impact on the price of electricity in Illinois, and the fate of its three nuclear plants in Clinton, Byron and Quad Cities, which are losing money.


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