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January 14, 2018

County Treasurer Responds To “Nasty Joe” Land Case In Urbana

​In 2017, residents of the Timberline Valley South subdivision in northwest Champaign subdivision were surprised to find out their common drainage ponds had been bought up at a tax auction by a Chicago-area firm that threatened them with trespassing. Now, the same firm, Nasty Joe’s LLC, has acquired land in Urbana, and is threatening residents there.


Soybean harvest continues just north of Mansfield, ILL on Wednesday, October 9, 2013.

Darrell Hoemann/Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting

December 22, 2017

How Did The Soybean Become Such A Common Crop In The U.S.?

This story was inspired by a question submitted at a Listening Post the Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting held in August. Stuart Levy in Urbana, Illinois, asked us what would be needed for row crop farmers to switch from corn and soybeans to “something more sustainable.” We dug into that question, which starts with the unlikely circumstances that turned the soybean into a multi-billion dollar industry, and what this history might reveal about the future of U.S. agriculture. 


In this June, 28, 2012 photo, hog farmer Robert Young, 68, walks past his hog barn while tending to his livestock on his family farm in Buckhart, Ill.

M. Spencer Green/AP

November 16, 2017

CAFO Reporting Rule May Take Effect

Large livestock farms may have to start reporting high levels of two types of emissions as of Wednesday. But the Environmental Protection Agency wanted a last-minute delay of a federal rule it’s been trying to modify for years.


The Bailey House in Champaign.

Jim Meadows/Illinois Public Media

October 28, 2017

Champaign Planning Staff Supports Effort To Save Historic Sites

A Champaign preservation group won round one in an effort to prevent Unit 4 schools from tearing down several historic properties. The district plans to demolish the sites as part of the Champaign Central High school expansion.


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