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December 5, 2014
Illinois’ Chad Pregracke is CNN Hero of the Year!
 
Rescuing the River: A CNN Heroes Special is a half-hour broadcast featuring the 2013 CNN Hero of the Year, Chad Pregracke, who has made it his life's work to clean up the Mississippi River and other American waterways. Pregracke will take viewers inside his unusual cleanup operation that has removed eight million pounds of garbage from our rivers over the past 17 years, earning him the much-deserved title of 2013’s CNN Hero of the Year. Rescuing the River airs at 9 p.m. CST, Friday, December 5. 
Gifford, Illinois . . . One Year Later 

To mark the one-year anniversary of the tornado that destroyed much of their town on November 17, 2013, residents of Gifford have contributed to several video projects that document the damage and celebrate their progress in rebuilding. See the stories in these videos: 1 year; 6 months; and the original
The history of carbon emissions
 
The World Resources Institute (WRI) has summarized the history of carbon emissions, country by country, from 1860 to 2011. Information comes from WRI's Climate Analysis Indicators Tool (CAIT) and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The world’s top emitters have changed significantly over time, with emissions stemming largely from fossil fuel use, cement manufacturing, and deforestation and land use change.
Illinois Road Map . . . Roads Only!
 
Fathom, an information design firm based in Boston, created maps of each U.S. state, plus Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, and Guam. There are no labels, no words, no symbols, and no route markers, nor any rivers, lakes, or subways. The monochrome maps depict only roads, and the results are surprisingly enlightening. From the map of Illinois, metropolitan areas are evident, even when nothing other than roads is mapped. 
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