MONTICELLO– For more than a century, people have used the Sangamon River near Monticello as a dumping ground.
Kim Erndt, watershed organizer for the Prairie Rivers Network, says the rolling river is littered with debris.
"Up and down the Sangamon River you'll see larger items, such as appliances, refrigerators, stoves, microwaves and televisions," said Erndt. "You'll find tires, furniture, trash and all sorts of stuff. A long time ago, a river was a place people went to dump stuff. People didn't take their stuff to the dump 20, 30 years ago; they took it to the river."
Some area residents intend to take the first step toward converting the Sangamon River once more into a clean waterway.
URBANA – Some Urbana City Council members are hesitant about enacting a ban on smoking in bars, restaurants and other public places, after the Champaign City Council failed to take any action on the issue this week.
But Urbana Mayor Laurel Prussing said she welcomes input on the issue and said the city council would likely hold a public hearing on the issue in coming weeks, similar to what occurred in Champaign on Tuesday night.
GIBSON CITY – Two Ford County high schools are enlisting the help of a pig to assist victims of Hurricane Katrina.
They and other students are doing what they can to raise money for hurricane relief.
A personal cellphone can be a way for rescuers to contact a person's family when that person has been involved in an emergency.
A movement that began in England has spread to the U.S. to have cellphone users put "ICE" in their phone "address books," along with names and phone numbers of people to contact – In Case of Emergency.
SAVOY – As Champaign County's fastest-growing community continues to expand, so have the village's needs for law enforcement.
In an effort to meet increasing needs, the Savoy Village Board is considering asking the sheriff's office to increase its presence there, contracting with neighboring Tolono to share police protection, or creating its own police department.
RANTOUL – State and University of Illinois officials say a new transportation research center will save lives and taxpayers' money by applying technology to build safer, more durable roads, bridges and other transportation facilities.
Sensor technology to monitor the condition of roads and bridges, and to improve traffic flow and reduce congestion and fuel consumption, is one of the things planned for development at the new Illinois Center for Transportation.