Volunteer counselors sought for Bloomington summer camp

BLOOMINGTON – Volunteer counselors are needed this summer at a camp for children and teens with muscular dystrophy.

The camp is held from June 28 to July 4 at Timber Pointe Outdoor Center in Hudson, near Bloomington.

Champaign firm has big plans for its microplasma lamps

CHAMPAIGN – Bye-bye, fluorescent lighting. Hello, microplasma.

That's one of the goals of Eden Park Illumination, a locally grown company that hopes to revolutionize the lighting industry with microplasma lamps that are lightweight, energy-efficient and nontoxic.

Schools flex scientific muscles at Olympiad; 4 going to state

CHAMPAIGN – By 4 p.m. Saturday, the gym at Franklin Middle School – maximum occupancy 900 – teemed with screams, cheers and the screech of tennis shoes running across the floor.

Up until then, the competition was fierce.

State grant paying for Douglas County recycling program

Douglas County residents will have a new electronic recycling program starting Tuesday.

The program, sponsored on a pilot basis by the Lincoln Heritage Resource Conservation and Development Council, will provide recycling every two months in Arcola, Arthur, Atwood, Tuscola, Villa Grove and Newman.

Musical event to be cat-friendly fundraiser

CHAMPAIGN – Feline-friendly musicians will take the stage today at Mike & Molly's to raise money for the Champaign Area Trap, Spay/Neuter and Adoption Program.

The volunteer organization provides spay/neuter assistance to low-income families; trap, neuter and return programs for feral cats; and foster and adoption services for stray and special needs cats.

Taverns cited for breaking rules on minors, happy hours

URBANA – Three bars in Urbana were cited by the Illinois Liquor Control Commission for serving alcohol to minors and a fourth was cited for breaking rules on happy hours.

Urbana police and state liquor control agents conducted a joint detail on Feb. 21, according to Urbana police Lt. Anthony Cobb. Working with an underage confidential source, the authorities inspected 13 licensed establishments with nine passing the inspection, he said.

Cuts reduce hours of clerks' services at Danville P.D.

DANVILLE – Anyone who wants to file a complaint with police after 11 p.m. at the Danville Public Safety Building will have to come back after 6:45 a.m., now that the city's personnel cuts have taken effect, eliminating the third-shift records clerks at the Danville police department.

It's one area where the public will notice a direct impact of the city's cuts that eliminated, effective Friday, 24 positions. The cuts were made to reduce the city's long-term expenses.

Hospitals await payments from state assessment program

URBANA – Struggling Illinois hospitals will get a cash infusion over the next two weeks as payments from the state's new hospital assessment program start arriving.

Author: Focus on waste should shift back to manufacturing

CHAMPAIGN – So you recycle your cans, plastic and paper waste. You take your reusable cloth bags to the grocery store, instead of getting plastic bags for your groceries.

It's a good start.

"It matters what we do. It matters that we take our bags to the grocery store. But that's not enough," said Heather Rogers, an author and filmmaker who writes about environmental issues and mass consumption.

Recycling deals with waste after it's been made, she said, but she is calling for deeper changes that start with looking at what is manufactured.

UI team takes top honors in national accounting competition

CHAMPAIGN – The second time proved a charm.

Last year, a team of University of Illinois accounting students reached the finals of PricewaterhouseCoopers' xTREME Accounting competition. This year, a UI team won the whole thing.