Gerard lauds Quinn's veto of state ban

Legislation would have taken power away from city to regulate use of bags on its terms

CHAMPAIGN — Mayor Don Gerard on Sunday applauded Gov. Pat Quinn's veto of a bill that would have prevented Champaign from dealing with plastic bags on its own terms. Gerard said local officials can now resume discussions about limiting the use of the bags at stores within its borders.

Informational meeting planned on proposed coal mine

URBANA — Local residents concerned about a proposed coal mine in Champaign and Vermilion counties are inviting the public to attend an informational meeting Monday night in Urbana.

Danville securing permits for purchase of land for yard waste

DANVILLE — After investigating various sites over the last few years, Danville city officials have determined that several acres of undeveloped land northeast of the city would be ideal for a new landscape yard-waste facility.

GOW: Kirtley

The garden of Michael and Susan Kirtley in Urbana  on Tuesday, August 14, 2012.

Danville lifts its burning ban

DANVILLE — The city of Danville is no longer under a burning ban.

"We have received a sufficient amount of rain that has helped eliminate some of the fears we had with dry grass," said Danville Public Safety Director Larry Thomason, who announced the ban was lifted at 7 a.m. Friday.

Official asks for help with Summit landfill

MONTICELLO — An attorney for the village of Summit pleaded with Illinois lawmakers to do something about "the landfill, pile, mountain, whatever you want to call it" of PCB-contaminated waste that sits in the southwest suburban village.

Landfill official: Model shows no PCB leaks for 1,000 years

MONTICELLO — Officials with the Clinton Landfill insisted Thursday that PCB waste products could be stored there safely for more than a thousand years without leaching into the Mahomet Aquifer, the source of drinking water for 750,000 people in 88 central Illinois communities.

Retiring forest preserve chief did so much, 'seems he was here a lot longer'

MAHOMET — After 6 1/2 years as executive director of the Champaign County Forest Preserve District, Jerry Pagac retired earlier this month. But he has no plans to leave Champaign County or to stop spending time outdoors.

"I'm staying here for now, just kind of waiting to see what might happen," he said last week. "I don't have any plans to go anywhere else."'

Royal asks residents to cut water use

ROYAL — The village is asking residents to restrict their water use.

The village recently posted signs asking for the voluntary restriction, saying that Royal's water plant is approaching its maximum capacity of 70,000 gallons per day.

Mervis will keep Marco site open

CHAMPAIGN — Mervis Industries expects to continue use of its Marco Recycling facility in central Champaign once Mervis opens its new regional recycling center in Urbana, a company official said.