The Sangamon River at Allerton Park.
Flick/Vince Smith/ (CC BY 2.0)
May 19, 2017

Prairie Rivers Network Ready To Mark 50 Years, Sees Its Role As Important As Ever

On Sunday (May 21), the Champaign-based Prairie Rivers Network will mark its 50th anniversary, with an afternoon of events at Allerton Park, near Monticello.

Spokesman Jeff Kohmstedt said the Champaign-based environmental group believes its work is increasingly important, as President Donald Trump’s administration promises to cut back Environmental Protection Agency oversight.


The proposed Cronus site on the north side of the highway on March 21, 2016
Darrell Hoemann/Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting
March 15, 2017

Delays At Proposed Illinois Fertilizer Plant Put Tax Breaks At Risk

Cronus Chemicals will start losing part of its nearly $40 million in state tax incentives if its proposed $1.9 billion ammonia fertilizer plant in Tuscola, Ill., is not operating by July 2, according to tax credit agreements.


Sears store
Flickr/jeepersmedia
January 09, 2017

Sears Closing 150 Stores; Hog Facility Controversy; Sexual Assault Awareness Training For Stylists

On the 21st: Sears is one of Illinois’ most iconic brands, but is the end near for one of our oldest companies? We also got the latest on the revolt against a proposed 20,000-hog facility in western Illinois, and learned about a new state law that requires salon professionals to receive training to recognize signs of sexual assault and domestic violence.


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. 


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