Nam Y. Huh/AP

August 01, 2018

Foreclosure Numbers; AI In Hiring; Asian Carp Pet Food; Summer Blood Donations

On the 21st: We talked about Illinois foreclosure rate and why it's well above the national average, especially in Peoria and Rockford. Plus, how companies are using artificial intelligence to filter out resumes, answer applicant questions and ultimately determine who gets an interview. And, we talked with the people who are turning an invasive species of fish into an all-natural pet food. Then, why you might want to consider donating blood in the summer months.

The University of Illinois Energy Farm, just south of Urbana.

Madelyn Beck/Harvest Public Media

July 20, 2018

Help Or Hinder? Federal Agencies At Odds Over Biofuels

Scott Pruitt’s resignation from the Environmental Protection Agency this month has many in the renewable fuel industry hoping that federal agencies will get on the same page.

Discolored groundwater leaching into a river

photo courtesy of Eco-Justice Collaborative

July 19, 2018

Violation Notice Issued For Alleged Contamination At Vermilion Power Station

The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency has issued a violation notice to Vistra Energy Corporation for alleged violations of the Illinois Environmental Protection Act at the Vermilion Power Station near Oakwood, Illinois. In May the Illinois EPA conducted a stream survey of the Middle Fork Vermilion River near three coal ash ponds owned by Vistra, and found water with “heavily stained reddish-brown discoloration” seeping from the riverbank. The violation notice says the seeps were discharging into the river, staining sediment and rocks, and creating “offensive conditions in the Middle Fork.”

Departing EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt.

Evan Vucci/AP

July 05, 2018

Scott Pruitt Out At EPA

Scott Pruitt will no longer lead the Environmental Protection Agency, President Trump announced Thursday afternoon via Twitter.

State Senator Chapin Rose spoke at a Mahomet Aquifer Task Force meeting on Monday June 18. The task force member discussed with the state advisory panel how to protect the aquifer from gas leaks in the future.

Daniel Baker/Illinois Public Media

June 19, 2018

Rauner Likely To Sign Aquifer Bill, Says Chapin Rose

State Senator Chapin Rose says he believes Governor Bruce Rauner will sign his bill placing more requirements on the Manlove underground gas storage field in Champaign County.

Jodi Eisenmann is one of 17 plaintiffs in a lawsuit filed against People's Gas. She spoke out about her present situation during a Mahomet Aquifer Task Force meeting on Monday in Mahomet.

Daniel Baker/Illinois Public Media

June 19, 2018

Plaintiffs In Peoples Gas Lawsuit Speak Out

Some of the 17 plaintiffs in a lawsuit filed against People’s Gas spoke out at a Mahomet Aquifer Task Force meeting on Monday in Mahomet. They asked the state advisory panel to help ensure they have clean water, after their water wells were contaminated by a gas leak.

Will Glazik with some wheat the family grows on their farm near Paxton, IL on Friday, April 13, 2018.

Darrell Hoemann/Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting

June 17, 2018

Organic Crops Lucrative, Challenging For U.S. Farmers

Despite a steady increase in demand for organic products among consumers, U.S. crop growers have been reluctant to make the switch from conventional crops, even if it could mean higher profits for farmers struggling with low commodity prices.

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