U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack visits a University of Illinois-owned farm in Urbana on Thursday.

Darell Hoemann/CU Citizen Access

September 10, 2015 - News Local/State

Top Ag Official Announces $100 Million In Ethanol Infrastructure Funding

More ethanol fuel blends could soon be for sale at gas stations in Illinois after a multi-million dollar federal investment in the industry’s infrastructure. The U.S. department of Agriculture is giving the state $12 million dollars to expand access to ethanol in Illinois. 

7-year old Hank Kovach, who suffers from Doose Syndrome, uses a liquid extract of marijuana called cannabiodiol, or Epidiolex.


September 10, 2015 - News Local/State

The Demand For Medical Cannabis In Illinois

While a handful of sites grow Illinois' first medical marijuana, those suffering from a number of conditions are waiting for the first dispensaries to open. There's also an effort underway to expand the pilot program that expires in just over two years.

Map of the Mahomet Aquifer

(Illinois State Water Survey)

September 09, 2015 - News Local/State

3 Local Govts. Approve Landfill Consent Decree; 3 Delay Action

The Piatt County Board, Normal Town Council and the Decatur City Council all voted this week to approve a consent decree meant to keep future hazardous waste out of the Clinton Landfill. But local officials in Urbana, Forsyth and Champaign County delayed their decision.

A woman walks on the U of I campus in Urbana in a February 19th photo.

(AP Photo/David Mercer)

September 08, 2015 - News Local/State

U of I Sees Rise In International, Minority, In-State Students

The number of international students at the University of Illinois' Urbana campus continues to grow. Over ten percent of this year's freshman class is from China, while students from India and South Korea make up one percent each, according to numbers out today from the U of I.

Elections are usually held on Tuesdays but this week a special general election will be held in west central Illinois on Thursday.  Voters can head to the polls on September 10 to decide a single contest: for Congress in the 18th District.

(Photo: WikiCommons)

September 08, 2015 - News Local/State

New Congressman to be Chosen This Week

The district has been without representation in Congress since Republican Aaron Schock resigned at the end of March amid spending scandals.  The special general election pits Republican Darin LaHood against Democrat Rob Mellon, who won their respective special primaries in July.

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