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.

Jack Brighton/Illinois Public Media

March 22, 2019 - News Local/State

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

March 22, 2019 - News Local/State

Illinois Lawmakers Set On Legalizing Sports Betting

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

Carter Staley/NPR Illinois

March 22, 2019 - News Local/State

Triangulating The Teacher Shortage

Illinois lawmakers have proposed a variety of plans to tackle the state's severe teacher shortage. This week, State Sen. Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill), bundled three popular concepts into one bill.

Photo by Kathy Richland

March 21, 2019 - The 21st Show

‘An American Summer: Love And Death In Chicago’; The Last Video Stores In Illinois

Alex Kotlowitz has been writing about violence in Chicago for decades - in film, in print, and for This American Life. His latest book is called “An American Summer: Love And Death In Chicago,” and it follows people for whom gun violence has become a part of daily life. Plus, Oregon may have America’s last Blockbuster store, but there are still thriving video stores here in Illinois. 

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