Legislator seeks public's support for Clinton nuclear plant

CLINTON -- Central Illinois residents are being asked by state Rep. Bill Mitchell, R-Forsyth, to sign petitions to support the continued operation of the nearly 30-year-old Clinton nuclear power plant about 40 miles west of Champaign.

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Lower gas prices = more driving = more ethanol needed

DEWEY — Good news at the gas pump is good news to farmers as well.

Darrel Good told those attending the Dewey Bank Annual Farm Seminar Wednesday that government projections forecast an increase of 2 percent to 3 percent in fuel use among U.S. drivers this year. That would mean more corn-based ethanol consumption.

Low power prices hold up wind farm's construction

PAXTON — The Dogtown Wind Farm, a proposed 100-megawatt wind farm featuring up to 49 turbines east of Paxton, could be built "within the next year or two," one of the project's co-developers said.

Ameren opens center in research park

CHAMPAIGN — Ameren Corp. plans to hire up to 12 students to work at its new innovation center in the University of Illinois Research Park, the company said Tuesday.
Undergraduate and graduate students from multiple disciplines will work part-time on projects ranging from data analytics to mobile applications at the center, 2100 S. Oak St., C.

Businesses coming to Urbana

URBANA — A comic-book store, diner/video-gambling business, karaoke bar and cellphone store are all coming to Urbana in the near future.

Community Development Director Libby Tyler unveiled the new developments to the Urbana City Council on Monday night.

Illini-Northwestern to play at Soldier Field

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Hear from Coach Alex Golesh on the move Monday at 5:10 on WDWS.

Illinois coach Tim Beckman had nothing but fond memories from coaching in his first game at Soldier Field in 2013.

Medical marijuana: what's an employer to do?

With medical marijuana set to be in the hands of some Illinois residents soon, the question remains: what's an employer to do with its drug policy?

Engineers building a better mouse

CHAMPAIGN — Three electrical engineers with doctorates in hand or in process are collaborating to solve one of mankind's greatest puzzles: how to build a better cat toy.

Laugh if you will, but Dave Cohen, Michael Friedman and David Jun contend it's no easy task to design a robotic mouse that satisfies a cat's desire to hunt.

Today's Special: Mattoon Burger King gets new owners

MATTOON — After six decades in business, the Mattoon Burger King is under new ownership.

The locally owned restaurant — not affiliated with the Burger King chain — was recently sold to a group of partners including Mattoon real estate broker Cory Sanders.