June 2010

Firm withdraws EPA application for plasma plant in Gibson City, but may refile

GIBSON CITY – ECO Manufacturing has withdrawn its application with the Illinois EPA to locate a plasma gasification plant in Gibson City to process hazardous waste, at least temporarily.


5 O'Clock Shadow

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Now in the Illini fold, quarterback recruit Reilly O'Toole's next job is to convince fellow prep stars to join him in Champaign.


Ex-Douglas deputy faces battery, sex abuse charges

TUSCOLA – A former Douglas County sheriff's deputy accused of inappropriate sexual contact with a woman in a Tuscola store last spring has been criminally charged with the offense.

Special prosecutor Michael Vujovich said that he filed charges Friday in Douglas County Circuit Court against Russell "Rusty" Stephens, 63, of rural Pesotum.


Rantoul police looking for burglars in that city

RANTOUL – Rantoul police are looking for the people responsible for three burglaries that have occurred this month in the central part of town.

Rantoul police Sgt. Marcus Beach said the burglaries have occurred within two blocks of each other in the Prairiview subdivision and witnesses reported seeing both male and female juveniles nearby.


Champaign library overdue fine increase effective Thursday

July 1 marks the beginning of a new budget cycle for the city of Champaign and a new overdue fine era for the Champaign Public Library.

Fines are doubling -- from 10 cents to 20 cents per day for standard items -- starting Thursday. It's the first time the library has increased overdue fines since 1992.


Small in the hunt

Mike Small is in position for a third PGA Professional National Championship since 2005. The Illinois golf coach is atop the leaderboard in the third round at French Lick, Ind.


Reilly O'Toole: 'A really good fit'

Wheaton Warrenville South quarterback Reilly O'Toole is headed to Illinois. "The offense they run really fits what my high school team runs, so I think I'll be able to pick up the offense really quickly and just be a really good fit for them."

 

Bob Asmussen's take: "He will immediately be in the quarterback picture because of the youth at the position. He is Paul Petrino's type of quarterback: Ryan Mallett-tall and a gun for an arm."


43 days to Camp Rantoul

Counting down the 50 most important Illini


Weather may give farmers a break to deal with flooded fields

Area farmers are breathing sighs relief with this week's weather outlook: clear, sunny skies and some breezes.

Finally, a break in the weather.

Rainfall this month has pounded corn and soybean fields, turning low-lying fields into ponds, and wind gusts have knocked over corn stalks.


Last call for camp MVP

Jabari Parker? Tracy Abrams? Someone else?