The now-closed Urbana Landmark Hotel
Wikimedia Commons
June 26, 2017

Urbana Backs Away From Proposal For Landmark Hotel

The city of Urbana said Monday that it has decided not to pursue a developer’s plan to reopen the Landmark Hotel after receiving a report showing most of the financial commitment would fall to the city.


In a June 22, 2017 photo provided by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources shows a silver carp that was caught in the Illinois Waterway below T.J. O'Brien Lock and Dam, approximately nine miles away from Lake Michigan.
Illinois Department of Natural Resources via AP
June 26, 2017

Live Asian Carp Discovered Near Lake Michigan

Fears that the invasive Asian carp could show up in the Great Lakes were renewed, when one of the fish was caught on June 22 near the T.J. O’Brien Lock and Dam in the Little Calumet River, just nine miles from Lake Michigan. 


A barn with an American flag painted on the side sits on High Cross Road east of Urbana, Ill., in Champaign County.
Darrell Hoemann/Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting
June 25, 2017

Foreign Investment In U.S. Farmland On The Rise

In 2013, the Chinese firm Shuanghui acquired more than 146,000 acres of farmland across the United States, worth more than $500 million, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture data. The deal made Shuanghui, now the WH Group Limited, into one of the biggest foreign owners of U.S. agricultural land, according to an analysis of that same data.


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