(Matt Marton/AP)

October 08, 2018

Verdict in Jason Van Dyke Trial; Celebrating Indigenous Peoples’ Day; Best Drives for Fall Foliage

On the 21st: Jason Van Dyke has been found guilty of the second degree murder of Laquan McDonald. We'll give you the latest on the case and discuss the impact it has had on the city of Chicago. Plus, today is Columbus Day. But did you also know that Illinois has a new holiday? Indigenous People’s Day? And, we'll discuss some of the best places to see fall foliage here in Illinois. 


Joe Nelson

October 02, 2018

Ask The Newsroom: The State Of State Parks

Recently, we received a question from Mark Porter, who wanted to know more about the state of state parks in Illinois. Mark asked, “What is the governor doing to protect our natural resources in Illinois and what is being done to support the State Parks and county forest preserves?”


The Middle Fork River running next to the coal ash ponds at the Vermilion Power Station

Darrell Hoemann/The Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting

September 07, 2018

Loose Regulations Allow Coal Ash To Threaten River

Each year thousands of families boat down the Middle Fork branch of the Illinois Vermilion River below an embankment that holds back 3.3 million cubic yards of toxic coal ash sludge stored in three large ponds. Coal ash pollution is leaching into the river, and the riverbank is eroding under the ponds. We examine what's a stake in this investigative report.


View of the Dakota Access Pipeline being installed near New Salem, North Dakota.

Tony Webster / Flickr

September 02, 2018

Corps: No New Impacts Found In Dakota Access Pipeline Review

 The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Friday completed more than a year of additional study of the North Dakota-to-Illinois Dakota Access oil pipeline, saying the work substantiated its earlier determination that the pipeline poses no significant environmental threats.


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