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Farm field in Champaign County.

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Illinois Farms Get Bigger, Fewer, As Farmers Age

Illinois agricultural officials say the number of farms in the state is going down, and the remaining operations are growing bigger as aging farmers struggle to find successors.

Erosion of the Middle Fork riverbank is undermining the Dynegy coal ash ponds at the Vermilion Power Station. Seepage from the coal ash can been seen entering the river.

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Bipartisan Illinois House Resolution Calls for Coal Ash Task Force

Illinois State Representative Mike Marron of Fithian has filed a bipartisan resolution to create a Task Force to study the impact of coal ash across Illinois. The Coal Ash Task Force would look at coal ash pollution throughout Illinois, including the impact of the retired Dynegy coal plant on the Middle Fork River near Danville. Marron filed the resolution with three other republicans and two democrats.

Illinois Economic Policy Institute and the Project for Middle Class Renewal at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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Illinois Lawmakers Set On Legalizing Sports Betting

Illinois Democrats are offering several options on how legal sports gambling could work in the state.

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