A yard sign.
Susan Stephens / WNIJ
December 21, 2016

Railroad Will Need Eminent Domain Powers To Acquire Land

In part three of this in-depth series, before a company like Great Lakes Basin can build a railroad, it needs land.  And since much of that land is privately owned, the firm needs a way to buy it. How can a company like Great Lakes Basin Transportation convince people to sell their land when it's needed for their project? 


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. 


Champaign Unit 4 Board President Chris Kloeppel discusses the options on properties near Central High School with members Amy Armstrong, Kathy Shannon, and Laurie Bonnett.
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
January 25, 2016

Unit 4 School Board Secures Options On Sites Near Central High

The Champaign School Board now holds options on eight sites near Central High School, which doesn't mean Unit 4 will necessarily purchase the properties, but has an 18-month window to decide.  An advisory committee is being formed that will meet almost weekly, discussing possible expansion in the area, with a report due in May.


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