A look back at the top stories and features from the Tri States Public Radio news department from June 2012.
Time ran out on plans to build Shamrock Acres, a large scale hog farm proposed for southeast McDonough County. Tri States Public Radio reported the story on June 13, one week before anyone else.
Also during the month, the US Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act, the chairperson of the Lee County Board was defeated in the June 5 primary, and the Transit of Venus happened for the final time until 2117.
The Snake Alley Art Fair in Burlington started 45 years ago with just a few people selling work. They hung their art on snow fence that was set up along what's been called the most crooked street in the world.
This year the fair drew around 100 artists who set up booths not just on Snake Alley but also on the adjacent Heritage Hill streets.
They were joined by musicians, food and drink vendors, and thousands of art lovers looking to connect with a painting or a piece of jewelry or some other work of art.