Sign at entrance to Brookhill Golf Course
Jim Meadows / Illinois Public Media
November 30, 2016

Dissolving Rantoul Park District May Be Harder Than Backers Thought

One of the goals of Governor Bruce Rauner’s Turnaround Agenda is to reduce the number of local units of government --- which Illinois has more of than any other state. 

Voters in the Champaign County town of Rantoul approved the dissolution of one of those local governments in the recent election. Or so they thought.


Members of the Rantoul Park Board during their final meeting.
Jim Meadows / Illinois Public Media
November 18, 2016

Rantoul Park Bd Meets For Last Time, After Voters Approve Dissolution

The Rantoul Park Board met for the final time Thursday night.

The eleven-minute meeting at the Rantoul Business Center comes five days before the date on which the Champaign County Clerk is expected to certify results of a referendum dissolving the Rantoul Park District and leaving its assets to Rantoul village government. 


A fiew of Brookhill Golf Course, north of Rantoul.
Rantoul Park District
November 05, 2016

Rantoul Voters To Decide Whether To Dissolve Park District

The Rantoul Park District has struggled to keep its money-losing Brookhill Golf Course going in recent years. Now, a referendum on the November 8th ballot in Rantoul proposes to solve the problem by dissolving the park district.


Graph showing Illinois' statewide video gaming machine count, 2012-2016
WNIJ & summer 2016 data visualization course, Department of Computer Science, Northern Illinois University (Mohammed Jaffer Ali)
August 29, 2016

Video Gaming Reaches New Heights In Illinois

Video gaming machines have been popping up in Illinois bars and restaurants for nearly four years. For the most part, the increase in gaming machines and in revenue across the state has been steady. There are nearly 24,000 video gaming machines in Illinois, and the amount played over the last few years is in the billions of dollars -- with a b. 


Harness racing.
Wikimedia Commons
July 26, 2016

Despite Statewide Decline, Harness Racing Continues At Champaign County Fair

Harness racing --- horses racing at a trot or gait while pulling a driver in a two-wheeled cart --- is a longtime feature of the Champaign County Fair in Urbana. But races that were held every weekday at the fair a decade ago are now reduced to a single session set for Tuesday evening at 7 PM.


Eagle Creek Resort at Lake Shelbyville, before its closing in 2009.
Photo: Illinois Issues
May 24, 2016

IDNR: Build New Eagle Creek Resort, Instead Of Fixing Up Old One

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources says it will seek a developer to build a new Eagle Creek Resort and Conference Center on Lake Shelbyville, because of the high cost of repairing the old facility cited in an engineers' assessment survey.


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