Read more about the article ‘Uncharted waters:’ Illinois water use issues exacerbated by irrigation, lack of water supply planningDarrell Hoemann/CU-CitizenAccess.org
Mark Pflugmacher with irrigation equipment at his farm just outside of Gifford, Ill., on November 29.

‘Uncharted waters:’ Illinois water use issues exacerbated by irrigation, lack of water supply planning

In our “Uncharted Waters” series, The Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting took at look at what’s behind the recent spike in irrigation, the lack of regulations around groundwater and stalled water supply planning efforts and the impact this will have on Illinois in the future.

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Read more about the article Lack of irrigation reporting leaves uncertain future for Illinois groundwaterDarrell Hoemann/CU-CitizenAccess.org
Mark Pflugmacher with irrigation equipment at his farm just outside of Gifford, Ill., on November 29.

Lack of irrigation reporting leaves uncertain future for Illinois groundwater

Almost 1,000 pivots have been installed in counties statewide in the past four years as a result of higher crop prices and the demand of seed corn companies, an almost 20 percent increase in overall irrigation that equals the use of more than half a million people each year.

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Read more about the article Irrigation could be one side effect of changing climateDarrell Hoemann/CU-CitizenAccess.org
Irrigation equipment at Mark Pflugmacher's farm just outside of Gifford, Ill., on November 29.

Irrigation could be one side effect of changing climate

“If I was going to invest in farm ground, if some of these climate scenarios come true, then having irrigation might be something that would pay off in the long-term,” Roadcap said.

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Read more about the article Illinois health departments to abandon scoring as part of changes to food codeDarrell Hoemann/CU-CitizenAccess.org
Jim Roberts of the Champaign-Urbana Health District holds up a sample placard as county board members discussed whether restaurants in the county should be required to display inspection placards on August 21, 2014.

Illinois health departments to abandon scoring as part of changes to food code

Starting in July 2018, Illinois public health departments will no longer score restaurant inspections as part of sweeping changes coming to the state’s food code.

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Read more about the article Champaign County uninsured rate drops, but not everyone pleased with Affordable Care Act
Champaign residents have seen a variety of effects from the Affordable Care Act.

Champaign County uninsured rate drops, but not everyone pleased with Affordable Care Act

As debate continues in Congress over the future of healthcare, just what has the Affordable Care Act meant for people in Champaign County?

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CU-CitizenAccess.org celebrates Sunshine Week all year, every year

From restaurant inspections and complaints about Housing Authority complexes to every arrest in Champaign-Urbana and tax incentive agreements, CU-CitizenAccess has provided much-needed transparency to a number of issues involving East Central Illinois in the past few years.

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