LaSalle County

 The company behind the Rock Island Clean Line plans to appeal their case to the Illinois Supreme Court.

The project would transmit electricity from northwest Iowa to a converter station in Grundy County.  Parent company Clean Line Energy wanted to use eminent domain to secure property for the project in LaSalle County. 

Illinois Association of Aggregate Producers

The LaSalle County Board voted 20-6 Monday to extend a moratorium on any new high-capacity wells in the area.  It effectively bans the creation of any new sand mining operations, which require large amounts of water.   

The moratorium was supposed to expire today, but the Ottawa Times reports board members want to wait for the results of a water study from the U.S. Geological Survey.  The group says the study is set to finish in late September.  

The moratorium remains in effect until the County Board's next meeting Nov. 3.  

The LaSalle County city of Marseilles has issued a voluntary evacuation because of rising floodwaters.

Emergency officials don’t expect the river to rise to levels that would require a mandatory evacuation. But under their flood plans, once the Illinois River hits flood stage, 19 feet, people in areas damaged by floods in 2013 are advised to leave their homes. Or at least keep a close eye on the rising water.

They were notified by automated phone messages.

NIU Center for Governmental Studies

The mining industry’s economic impact on LaSalle County is in the hundreds of millions of dollars.

A number of local governments across Illinois are getting money to inspect pollution-control facilities and to investigate complaints about illegal dumping.

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