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Willard Airport receives $850,000 grant from Department of Transportation

The Small Community Air Service Development Program— a federal initiative designed to improve underserved airports — recently awarded nearly $17 million to 25 airports across the country. The University of Illinois-owned Willard Airport in Champaign County was the only one selected in the state. They took home $850,000 in grant money from the Department of […]

‘Red letter day’: Ag startup bought out by Bayer works closely with ISU researchers

NORMAL — A chemical and agricultural behemoth has bought a St. Louis-based startup company that works closely with Illinois State University, where researchers have worked to domesticate the weed pennycress into a cover crop and oil seed plant dubbed CoverCress. That plant is now producing a marketable crop. And Bayer has bought out venture capitalists […]

Fentanyl is devastating Midwest communities. But expanding harm reduction can be difficult

EVANSVILLE, Ind. — Karen Warpenburg is fighting an almost invisible enemy that’s claiming the lives of a growing number of people in her southern Indiana community: the powerful synthetic opioid fentanyl. Ingesting a tiny amount of the drug can be lethal. https://cpa.ds.npr.org/s4780019/audio/2022/08/fentanyl-feature-web.mp3 Listen to this story here. But it’s not that people are seeking it […]

Pritzker highlights Rebuild Illinois funding for Cahokia Heights sewers, Rend Lake Resort

Six-year, $45 billion spending plan passed on bipartisan lines in 2019 SPRINGFIELD – When state lawmakers voted on bipartisan lines in 2019 to double Illinois’ motor fuel tax and raise several driving-related fees, it laid the groundwork for a $45 billion infrastructure plan, the largest in Illinois’ history and the first in nearly a decade. […]