Recycling program, fall hazardous waste collection both report jump in participation

URBANA — Local officials have some good news to report on two garbage-related fronts after tallies from 2012 were finalized this week.

Mayor breaks tie in straw poll on Homer water for coal company

HOMER -- In a straw poll vote Monday night, six Homer village board members were split on a proposed water contract with Sunrise Coal company.

Central Illinois Daily Life Jan. 14-20, 2013

Photos from Central Illinois the week of January 14-20, 2013.

Illinois' coal future: Arrows point up

Illinois has an abundance of coal that underlies more than 60 percent of the state, basically the lower two-thirds of Illinois, in what's known as the Illinois Coal Basin.

Board to decide Monday night on selling water to coal company

HOMER — Susan Forsyth has had a "Stand Up to Coal" sign in her front yard since the "issue" first began several months ago.

The issue is Sunrise Coal's request that the village of Homer supply the company's proposed Bulldog coal mine in Vermilion County with treated water and sewer services and a second request for raw water to be used in the actual mining of coal.

How coal mine would use water

The proposed Bulldog coal mine needs up to 20,000 gallons a day of treated water for drinking and other purposes, including shower houses where coal miners, per regulations, clean up at the end of their shift. Sunrise's Indiana mine uses on average 13,000 gallons a day of treated water.

Reclamation slow at Murdock coal mine

MURDOCK — In the late 1980s, Zala Swigart worked at the Murdock coal mine, weighing the trucks hauling coal out of the underground operation that's less than a mile from where she lives.

Now, Swigart, 67, watches trucks hauling material into the former Douglas County mine even though it's more than 20 years since it operated as a coal mine.

Snag pops up in coal company's water request in Homer

HOMER — Discussions over Sunrise Coal's request for treated water from the village of Homer hit a snag Thursday night over who will own the approximately five miles of water and sewer lines between the proposed mine site and the village limits.

Champaign's recycling program gaining ground, but slowly

CHAMPAIGN — At the two-year anniversary of the city-run recycling program, officials say residents are filling the blue recycling toters outside of apartment complexes and condominiums at increasing rates, but the numbers still have a way to go before reaching their goals.

Homer board sets meeting to finalize 1 deal with Sunrise Coal

HOMER — The Homer Village Board's water committee is scheduled to meet Thursday night in hopes of finalizing details of an agreement with Sunrise Coal for treated water and sewer services only, but not raw water.