How An Iowa Town Won Its Fight For Better Flood Protection

HAMBURG, Ia. — Levees protect people, towns, and agriculture from flooding. But two years ago, parts of the Missouri River and its tributaries reached record crests, and many levees failed. Now there’s a rare effort to build a levee higher to better defend one southwest Iowa town.  https://cpa.ds.npr.org/kcur2/audio/2021/04/0413Leveesweb.mp3 Listen to this story here. Hamburg in […]

Farmers On The Missouri River Sue The Army Corps Of Engineers For Flood Damages

Farmers along the Missouri River won a mass action federal lawsuit last December against the Army Corps of Engineers for land damages they say are traceable to the agency’s management of the river.  Plaintiffs alleged the Corps violated the Fifth Amendment by taking measures to protect endangered animals on the river without compensating landowners. The […]

Grafton Residents Still Reeling After Flooding Along Mississippi River, One Year Later

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Scientists say climate change is already here, and it’s causing more frequent storms and flooding. Illinois Newsroom’s Lecia Bushak traveled to Grafton, where the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers come together to see how the town is still dealing with the physical and mental health effects of a devastating flood in 2019. GRAFTON – In the […]

217 Today — Dec. 9, 2020

Wednesday December 9, 2020 Today’s headlines: Republican lawmakers are proposing changes to Illinois’ constitution that would allow for recall elections in Illinois — something currently reserved only for the governor. The state’s Department of Public Health reported more than 7,900 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday, which brings the statewide total case count to more than […]

Along The Illinois River, DePue Struggles To Secure Funding For Flood Damage Repair

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DePUE – This year’s spring brought high precipitation levels across the state, and each year flooding remains a concern along the state’s rivers. Environmental advocates argue that increased flooding is just one of the results of climate change that tend to impact people of color and low-income communities more severely. One example of that is […]

Fighting The Flood And COVID-19 At The Same Time

MEREDOSIA – Flooding is beginning to feel like an annual event in some areas along the Illinois River. The governor and head of the Illinois Emergency Management agency visited flood fighting efforts in west-central Illinois Wednesday. The river is within a foot of topping the levee at Meredosia in Morgan County. As of Wednesday it […]

News Around Illinois – May 28, 2020

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Illinois Driver Services Centers Reopen For Some Next Week CHICAGO — The Illinois Secretary of State’s office has announced driver services centers will reopen with limited services next week. They will open Monday and Tuesday for new drivers, people with expired licenses and IDs and people making vehicle transactions. They will be open with expanded […]

Driven By Climate Change, Heavy Precipitation Brings Flood Risk To Illinois

Last year, Illinois saw record-breaking flooding across most of the state, and this spring’s recent heavy precipitation is causing communities near the Illinois River to prepare for further rises in water levels in the coming days. Floods in Chicago last week and flood risk along the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers are another sign of growing […]

News Around Illinois – May 22, 2020

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Pritzker Says No Decision Yet On Holding State Fairs This Summer SPRINGFIELD – Governor J.B. Pritzker says no decision has been made yet on whether Illinois’ two state fairs can be held safely this summer. Illinois’ two fairs are scheduled for later in the summer: August 13-23 for the Illinois State Fair in Springfield and […]

Chicago Flooding Spurs Local, State Disaster Proclamations

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CHICAGO – Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot have issued disaster proclamations stemming from flood damage along the Lake Michigan shoreline. The local and state proclamations issued Thursday aimed at boosting funding for recovery and rebuilding efforts along more than 30 miles of shoreline in Cook and Lake counties affected by the […]

Wicked Weekend Weather Threatens Several States

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[perfectpullquote align=”left” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]Parts of Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri and southern Illinois were under a flash flood watch on Thursday in anticipation of the drenching rains. [/perfectpullquote] UPDATED January 9 at 6:00 p.m.: A storm system expected to strike a handful of southern states this weekend is looking more and more […]

News Around Illinois – November 22, 2019

Quad Cities Waiting For FEMA Checks After Flooding EAST MOLINE – Most local governments in the Quad Cities are waiting for checks from FEMA to help pay for flood expenses. Davenport, Iowa asked for $3.5 million. In Illinois, Rock Island County asked for $884,000; East Moline and Rock Island each submitted around $540,000 in eligible […]

News Around Illinois – November 18, 2019

  Durbin Pushes For More Science Research Funding Senator Dick Durbin (D) Illinois wants to reverse a half-century decline in federal funding for science research with legislation he’s hoping will become part of the next budget. The Democrat supports bills to finance research in medicine, technology and agriculture with a mandatory five percent increase each […]