Murdock Mine neighbors: 'It smells like something died'

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.

Wind projects stalled over tax credit uncertainty

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, Sunrise Coal OK deal on payments

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.

Coal mine reimbursement for legal costs on Homer agenda

HOMER — Homer Village Board members on Monday night will discuss the water request for Sunrise Coal's proposed Bulldog mine.

Seminars on fracking scheduled at Urbana church

URBANA — A seminar series titled, "Hydraulic Fracturing in Illinois: Energy Boon or Environmental Boondoggle?" will be held on three consecutive Sundays.

New Capital Bank names ex-Busey chairman to its board

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.

Higher water rates now in effect

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.

Urbana finishes first step in climate plan

URBANA — City officials have completed a greenhouse-gas inventory, the first step in writing Urbana's climate action plan which aims to reduce the city's negative environmental effects while increasing quality of life for residents.

DACC to offer smoking-cessation class

DANVILLE — Danville Area Community College will offer a class aimed at helping smokers kick the habit.

The American Lung Association's Freedom from Smoking program be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 9, 16, 23, 30 and 31 and Nov. 6, 13 and 20 at the Bremer Center on DACC's campus, 2000 E. Main St.

The class costs $50, and registration is capped at 15 participants.

Sunrise to pay for study of sale of water to proposed mine

HOMER — Sunrise Coal LLC has agreed to cover the village of Homer's expenses in hiring a special attorney and engineer to determine whether it's legal for the Champaign County municipality to sell water to the coal company.