Source: University of Illinois Archives

December 05, 2018

How U of I Wound Up In Champaign; International Student Enrollment; Open Enrollment and ACA Update

On the 21st: The number of new international college students in the US has decreased for the second straight year. Some worry that it’s because of our political climate, but some experts believe it's just part of the picture. We heard more about that. Plus, open enrollment for the healthcare marketplace goes on until December 15. We spoke to some experts to help you understand that, and what’s going on with the Affordable Care Act. And, a man named Clark Robinson Griggs played a huge part in making sure U of I would call Champaign-Urbana home. So why has he been largely written out of our history?


Andrew Pritchard/Skydrama Photography

December 04, 2018

At Least 500 Homes Sustained Damage In Taylorville Tornado

A survey of destruction in Taylorville shows a Saturday tornado left 100 homes destroyed or with severe damage.  The survey, which included the areas of the town that took less of a direct hit, determined another 400 homes damaged, but habitable.  


A view of the New East Ash Pond at the retired Vermilion Power Plant near Oakwood, Illinois

Photo by Dewberry & Davis, LLC obtained via Open Records request

November 15, 2018

U.S. District Court Dismisses Lawsuit Against Dynegy For Polluting The Middle Fork

A federal judge in Urbana has dismissed a lawsuit filed in May by the Prairie Rivers Network against Dynegy Midwest Generation. The ruling by the U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois said pollution of surface water through discharges in groundwater isn’t covered by the federal Clean Water Act.


Concept drawing of vegetation buffer in front of planned University of Illinois solar farm.

Jim Meadows/Illinois Public Media

November 15, 2018

Savoy Village Board Learns Details Of New Solar Farm Plans

The University of Illinois does not need permission from Savoy village officials to build their new solar panel farm on Curtis Road, just outside village limits. But at a Savoy Village Board study session Wednesday night, university officials promised that the 50-acre facility would be a good neighbor.


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