Plans for waste-to-energy plant on hold in Gibson City

GIBSON CITY — A Massachusetts-based firm has put its plans on hold to build a waste-to-energy plant in Gibson City.

Garrett Gates, vice president of business development for Cambridge, Mass.-based Eco Manufacturing LLC, said his firm has not ruled out building the plant in Gibson City, but he said company officials need more time to evaluate their options.

Law allows renewable energy districts

A bill that would allow for the creation of a special local government district that could build and operate renewable energy facilities, including wind turbines, and sell that electricity has been signed by Gov. Pat Quinn.

Website helps gardeners donate extra produce

CHAMPAIGN — The rows of tomatoes, squash, asparagus and raspberries in Lisa Braddock's organic garden could feed a large extended family, and she's always wanted to share that bounty with people who could use it.

Braddock figures other gardeners would, too, so she's come up with a way to make it easy.

Reports to police

Police report the following incidents:


— 500 block of Chandler Street: Residential burglary Monday.

— 3100 block of Maple Street: Home invasion Sunday.

— 1000 block of North Walnut Street: Theft over $300 Sunday.

— 1400 block of Warrington Avenue: Criminal damage Sunday.

Rankin board to hold hearings on higher fees

RANKIN — The village board has scheduled a series of public hearings on higher water, sewer and garbage fees.

The board approved a proposal last week to increase sewer rates and water rates by $5 each per month, to go along with a 50-cent monthly increase in the garbage pickup fee.

Repairs will slow traffic on Illinois 130

PHILO — Traffic will be reduced for most of the rest of the month for pavement patching on Illinois 130 between Philo and Urbana.

The Illinois Department of Transportation said work will begin Wednesday morning on pavement patching from Windsor Road in Urbana to Philo.

Champaign board approves Daly, other administrators

CHAMPAIGN — New administrators have been chosen for some Champaign grade schools.

The Champaign school board voted Monday night to approve the appointments of Barb Daly as interim principal at Westview, James Eastin as assistant principal at Garden Hills, Christopher Gilbert as assistant principal at South Side and Rachel Maehr as assistant principal at Barkstall.

Man shot, wounded while fleeing armed robbers

CHAMPAIGN — A 26-year-old Champaign man was treated at Provena Covenant Medical Center in Urbana after he was shot during a robbery Friday afternoon.

According to a Champaign police report, the man was walking in the area of James Street and Bradley Avenue in Champaign at 4:30 p.m. Friday when he was approached by two men demanding money.

Tornado warning expires

The National Weather Service tornado warning for northeast Champaign County and Vermilion County has expired.

At 8:21 p.m., the National Weather Service detected a severe storm capable of producing a tornado located five miles south of Paxton and moving east at 35 miles an hour.

Champaign man pleads innocent to residential burglary

URBANA — Bond has been set at $50,000 for a Champaign man arrested in connection with a residential burglary.

James Algee, 43, who listed an address in the 1200 block of Mimosa Drive, Champaign, pleaded innocent on Monday to residential burglary.

If convicted, Algee could be sentenced to up to 30 years in prison.