MURDOCK — The Illinois attorney general’s office has filed a complaint with the Illinois Pollution Control Board alleging that a private company that took over the reclamation of the idled Murdock Mine in Douglas County has polluted the air and a stream near the site because of improper disposal of waste from various places in Illinois, including Champaign-Urbana, Decatur and Danville.
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CHAMPAIGN — Champaign County residents are again invited to dump their old electronics during a recycling collection on Saturday at The News-Gazette Distribution Center, 3202 Apollo Drive, C.
RURAL MURDOCK — Zala Swigart believes the private company that took over the reclamation of the idled Murdock Mine in northeast Douglas County is not doing all it could to ensure the safety of area residents.
"I can't imagine why anyone in their right mind would think this is OK," she said.
NORMAL — If Congress decides to extend a federal production tax credit to give wind farm developers an incentive to start building again, there might be a "big rush" in 2013 to take advantage of it before it expires again, an Illinois State University economist said.
But whether that would mean more wind farms being built in Illinois any time soon remains to be seen.
HOMER — The village has accepted a reimbursement agreement from Sunrise Coal.
The company, based in Terre Haute, Ind., has asked Homer to supply water to its proposed coal mine. Homer is considering the request for hundreds of thousands of gallons of raw water in addition to potable water and sewer services, which Sunrise would pay the village to provide on an annual basis.
HOMER — Homer Village Board members on Monday night will discuss the water request for Sunrise Coal's proposed Bulldog mine.
URBANA — A seminar series titled, "Hydraulic Fracturing in Illinois: Energy Boon or Environmental Boondoggle?" will be held on three consecutive Sundays.
PEORIA HEIGHTS — Former First Busey Corp. Chairman Douglas C. Mills has been named to the board of directors of New Capital Bank.
New Capital Bank, which has an office in Peoria Heights, is a division of Marshall County State Bank.
Mills became chairman and chief executive officer of Busey First National Bank in Urbana in 1971, when the bank had $40 million in assets.
CHAMPAIGN — Higher rates for Illinois-American Water Co. customers in East Central Illinois are symptomatic of an upward trend nationally in water rates.
New rates for the 142,000 Illinois-American users in Champaign-Urbana and a host of smaller communities went into effect Monday.