ILLINOIS - The rising popularity of organic farming means concerns over chemicals. Farmers say pesticide drifting can cause millions of dollars in lost revenue, or even destroy their farming operation all together. People who work with farmers say they are seeing a rise in drifting issues as more people take up organic farming. They are trying to find ways to
DECATUR -- Summer is a great time for boating. Although Lake Decatur was a little less busy this year. Many park district boat ramps sat empty. It was a $1.4 million dollar project that opened last summer. Boaters say one big reason it’s vacant…it’s too expensive. The docks the Decatur Park District built aren’t covered. Several people have said that
CHAMPAIGN-URBANA -- For years, you've been able to see how well your favorite restaurants did on inspection by looking at a sign in their windows. Now, you can get that information and much more, online. CUPHD just launched the program Thursday. You can search pretty much any place in Champaign County which serves or sells food. The website gives a
ILLINOIS -- It's been helping inmates improve their lives for almost a decade. The Books to Prisoners Program is in facilities around the state. WCIA-3's Anthony Antoine finds out how the program is changing lives one book at a time. It's about to celebrate its 10th anniversary. In those years, organizers have delivered 100,000 books to inmates across the state.
Update: 5:48 pm ILLINOIS -- A carbon monoxide leak sent more than 70 school kids to the hospital this week. With situations like that, many wonder why CO detectors aren't in schools in the first place. There's currently a bill to address adding CO detectors to school, but it doesn't say who will be responsible for the funding. Illinois schools
CHAMPAIGN -- The goal of a new project is to keep one neighborhood from flooding. Crews are working around the clock to update storm sewers. It's supposed to take about ten days to finish the whole project. People who live in the Washington Street area hope it helps them the next few years. WCIA-3's Anna Carrera has more. People here
DANVILLE -- Sears store and auto center will soon close its doors. This follows a closing in Champaign. Sears says its Danville's store will remain open through early December. Its liquidation sale starts September 26. The company says store closures are part of a series of actions they're taking to reduce on-going expenses and transform its business model.
CHAMPAIGN -- An area high school is a candidate for top honors. St. Thomas More is a finalist for a national blue ribbon. Only 50 private schools nationwide earned the rating from the U.S. Education Department. If St. Thomas More wins, it would be a first for the area.
DECATUR -- City officials are working to better connect its residents. A neighborhood walk will help express concerns for possible problems. City council members will take part hoping to increase accessibility. The walk is Thursday at Galloway Park Pavilion near 26th and Wood streets.
Latest: 4:28 pm, 9/18/14, Thursday GIRARD -- Classes are back in session at North Mac Middle School. Carbon monoxide detectors have been installed in all the buildings on campus. Testing conducted Thursday morning shows all areas of the south campus are safe. Update: 5:05 pm, 9/17/14, Wednesday GIRARD -- A Macoupin County school is said to be safe after a