Kickapoo Rail Trail on track for two-year completion with $11.2 million state grant.

After seven years of construction, less than half of the 24-mile Kickapoo Rail Trail in east-central Illinois has been completed. But now, the project could be finished in the next two years, thanks to a state grant. An $11.2 million grant, awarded through the state’s Rebuild Illinois Capital plan will pay for the completion of the walking and bike path.

3 climate impacts the U.S. will see if warming goes beyond 1.5 degrees

As world leaders gather at COP28, the annual climate change negotiations held in Dubai this year, one number will be front and center: 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit). That’s the amount countries have agreed to limit warming to by the end of the century. The world is already perilously close to that number. Since […]

Snow ends, Bitter cold on Monday and Tuesday

Meteorologists at the National Weather Service in Lincoln are forecasting the first snow of the season Sunday for parts of central Illinois. The accumulation will range from a dusting to an inch of snow. Below are the latest forecasts and updates from the NWS, meteorologist Andrew Pritchard, and IPM News team members.

A new rail trail planned for rural Piatt County could be part of something bigger.

Plans are in the works to construct a 2.3-mile rail trail in a rural area of Piatt County. As initially reported by columnist Tom Kacich in the News-Gazette, the proposed shared-used path would use the railroad right-of-way originally established for railroad tracks as a route for walking, running and cycling between the small towns of […]

Frost Advisory in effect Tuesday 12AM-8AM

Lows of 34 to 38 degrees overnight will likely lead to frost forming overnight, especially from Havana to Decatur to Terre Haute northeast where a frost advisory is posted overnight.

Fish in Illinois lakes & streams will no longer be tested for DDT

Illinois is joining a growing list of states that will no longer test fish in lakes and rivers for DDT and other related pesticides.  Illinois began testing fish for organochlorine pesticides in the 1970s, a few years after the best-known one, DDT, was banned in the U-S. Up until the ban, the chemicals had been […]