Exelon exec tells clean-energy strategy

CHAMPAIGN – There are two ways to motivate electric utilities to reduce their emissions, said Bill Von Hoene Jr., an Exelon executive speaking at the University of Illinois on Tuesday.

One is the carrot (legislation) and one is the stick (regulation).

The utility's position?

Ecologist's brainchild produces two tons of veggies

Marty Williams' garden produced a ton of food this year. Actually, it was more like two tons.

And he donated it all to community organizations.

Normal decision has no effect on Champaign project

CHAMPAIGN – Champaign developer Cody Sokolski said Normal's termination of a redevelopment agreement with his company has "no bearing whatsoever" on the M2 on Neil project in downtown Champaign.

Normal ends agreement with Champaign development firm

CHAMPAIGN – One Main Development's chief executive officer says he hasn't given up on "uptown Normal," even though the town has ended its redevelopment agreement with the Champaign-based company.

Event for kids sheds light on washing off germs

URBANA – If your kids' idea of good hand-washing is a quick splash, soap optional, here's a good chance to show them all the nasty germs they're missing.

Urbana seeks comments on proposed replacement for Crystal Lake Pool

URBANA – Urbana Park District officials are proposing an outdoor swimming pool with a "sprayground" and two smaller pools that would cost up to $7 million and would be located on the site of the old Crystal Lake Pool in north Urbana.

Dems pick woman to fill District 8 county board seat

URBANA – Astrid Berkson of rural Champaign has been chosen by local Democrats to fill a vacant position on the Champaign County Board.

Berkson, 74, who ran a Champaign insurance agency for more than 20 years and once taught mathematics at the University of Illinois, would replace Sam Smucker as a District 8 representative on the county board.

Reports to police

In crimes reported to area police:


– 300 block of North Wright Street: Front passenger window shattered Friday.

– 300 block of North Wright Street: Vehicle window broken Saturday.

– 2000 block of Moreland Drive: Rear vehicle window broken Saturday.

Plan to extend East University tax district moves forward

CHAMPAIGN – During a 12-minute meeting on Tuesday night, the Champaign City Council voted 6-1 to hold a public hearing on a plan to extend the life of an East University Avenue tax increment financing district another 12 years.

Indiana man gets 5 years for cannabis in van

TUSCOLA – An Indiana man who admitted having cannabis in a van stopped on Interstate 57 in Douglas County more than a year ago has been sentenced to five years in prison.

Jason Feliciano, 28, of Merrillville, Ind., pleaded guilty Monday before Douglas County Judge Mike Carroll to possession of cannabis, a Class 1 felony.