By Tiffany Jolley / for CU-CitizenAccess.org -- As much as six inches of rain pummeled Champaign County last summer, flooding roads, basements and sewers and causing tens of thousands of dollars in repairs to residents' homes.
By Tiffany Jolley / for CU-CitizenAccess.org -- Chris and Barb Genzel have lived in the same house in Urbana for nearly 40 years and they say their house has never flooded.
"Behind our house is a farm at a lower elevation, and our house backs up to a drainage ditch. We knew we were never going to flood," Chris Genzel said recently.
2015-02-19By Austin Keating/For CU-CitizenAccess.org -- As a result of the Farm Bill passed by Congress a year ago, efforts to increase wildlife habitats and natural areas that filter fertilizer run-off will receive less funding and result in fewer acres of conserved land.
By Robert Holly/CU-CitizenAccess.org -- Jenny Mennenga farms corn and soybean with her husband between Le Roy and Farmer City in central Illinois. This past harvest brought Mennenga’s farm record corn production, though soybean yields were just “fairly average.”
Many of those hundreds make their way to Rantoul, a village of about 13,000 people in Champaign County and the summer home of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign football team's training sessions. As the sessions get underway in mid-August, the hundreds of migrant workers wrap up the first wave of agriculture work in nearby corn fields.
It was standing room only in the atrium of the Enterprise Works building at the University of Illinois’ Research Park last week as local governments and the University announced the expansion of Urbana-Champaign Big Broadband (UC2B) to all residents of the two cities.