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 rail tank car at the Fire Service Institute.
Darrell Hoemann/The Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting
December 07, 2016

Ethanol Spills On The Rise In The Midwest

The Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting found that as production and transportation of ethanol has risen dramatically in the region over the past three decades, so have ethanol spills.


Welcome sign for the village of Rantoul, Illinois.
Village of Rantoul
November 07, 2016

New Bus Service Launches In Rantoul

Monday, November 7th, marks the first day for the Eagle Express --- a new commuter bus route serving Rantoul. Village officials requested the service to help get workers to jobs at the town's industrial park on the west side of town. 


Public Domain
October 18, 2016

Illinois Issues: Transportation Lockbox Could Come With Unintended Consequences

A proposed amendment to the state’s constitution would protect money set aside for transportation projects. Supporters say the change is needed because money that's supposed to be earmarked for building roads has gone to other expenses over the years. But the amendment could allow some of those practices to continue, while endangering other popular programs. 


U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis rides a C-U Mass Transit bus with CUMTD managing director Karl Gnadt.
Jim Meadows / Illinois Public Media
October 05, 2016

US Rep. Davis Highlights Support For Mass Transit

Congressman Rodney Davis (R-Taylorville) has been holding news conferences with local transit officials in central Illinois this week, to highlight his work for mass transit.


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