Electronics, waste collections scheduled

CHAMPAIGN — Households preparing for summer or fall cleaning should be aware of two upcoming collection events.

Another residential electronic collections event will be from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Aug. 4. And a household hazardous waste collection event will be from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 29.

GOW: Kay Gilliland

Kay Gilliland's garden at her home in Savoy on Thursday, June 28, 2012.

Local meeting set on statewide power line

CHAMPAIGN — A second open house concerning a proposed $1 billion high-voltage transmission line that would cross the width of Illinois will be held later this month in Champaign.

Lake Vermilion benefited from early rains

DANVILLE - Like many other parts of central Illinois, Danville has had no significant rainfall in weeks. Despite that, Lake Vermilion is only a couple inches below its normal level, according to Aqua Illinois officials.

Ameren below average in customer satisfaction

PEORIA — Ameren Illinois, the main electric utility company for downstate Illinois, again finished below the national average in a ranking of customer satisfaction by J.D. Power and Associates.

The Peoria-based utility, which serves the Champaign-Urbana and Danville areas, ranked 97th of the 126 largest electric utility companies in the country.

Champaign notification rules on soil cleanup get stricter

CHAMPAIGN — Business owners will have to begin following strict notification rules if they want to leave relatively low levels of contamination in their soil.

City officials this week finalized changes to an ordinance that property owners responsible for chemical cleanups use to gain approval from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency.

Homer gets formal request for water from mining company

HOMER — Residents expressed concern this week about a proposed coal mine south of Homer.

The village recently received a request to sell water to Sunrise Coal of Terre Haute, Ind., for use with the mine.

The coal mine would be built in southwest Vermillion County and parts of southeastern Champaign County.

Despite dry summer, beware of mosquitoes

If it has been a while since a mosquito has buzzed by your ear, that does not mean you can expect to be free from mosquitoes or the threat of West Nile Virus this summer.

Agreement signed to give PTI new life

CHAMPAIGN — Six months after its anticipated closure, the University of Illinois Police Training Institute has been given new life on campus as a police academy that also will be involved in criminal justice research.

Groups say Asian carp could help solve hunger in Illinois

CHAMPAIGN — Asian carp might get a bad rap as an invasive species of fish in Illinois.

But several Illinois organizations want to get the word out that silver Asian carp — sometimes called silverfin — works well for dinner.