Champaign City Council Member Clarissa Nickerson Fourman, on Hedge Road.

Jim Meadows/Illinois Public Media

March 13, 2019 - News Local/State

Champaign’s Garden Hills Neighborhood Waits ... For Streetlights, Sidewalks & Flood Control

​Residents of Champaign’s Garden Hills neighborhood have to deal with a list of problems, including inordinate levels of poverty, gun violence and vacant houses. The neighborhood on the city’s northwest side has another problem: a lack of infrastructure, like storm sewers and streetlights. The Champaign City Council is taking a first step towards a remedy for Garden Hills. But it could be a long wait to the second step.

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 - News Local/State

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.

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