Illinois Jeep plant shutters indefinitely, shedding 1,200 jobs

By Dylan Sharkey
03/08/2023
For the first time in 57 years, Belvidere doesn’t have workers finishing their shifts at the local auto plant. Jeep manufacturer Stellantis idled the plant indefinitely. It is one of the five biggest auto assembly plants in the world. In a city of 25,000, it’s a vital part of the local economy. The state has...

Big batteries to store renewable energy create fire hazard

By Dylan Sharkey
02/14/2023
As Illinois pushes for more renewable energy, it comes with a fire hazard risk at battery storage centers. A battery storage facility explosion in Arizona hurt eight firefighters. There have been three other fires.