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 – 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.