PEORIA HEIGHTS — Former First Busey Corp. Chairman Douglas C. Mills has been named to the board of directors of New Capital Bank.
New Capital Bank, which has an office in Peoria Heights, is a division of Marshall County State Bank.
Mills became chairman and chief executive officer of Busey First National Bank in Urbana in 1971, when the bank had $40 million in assets.
He retired from its holding company, First Busey Corp., in August 2007, at which point the company had grown to more than $4 billion in assets.
Joe O'Brien of O'Brien Steel, chairman of the board of directors of New Capital Bank, said in a release that he looks forward to Mills' contribution.
New Capital Bank has scheduled a celebration event for 5 p.m. Oct. 16 to mark several accomplishments: the two-year anniversary of the office, its recent expansion and Mills' appointment to the board.
Local ABC affiliate set to return to DISH Network
CHAMPAIGN — WICD-TV will return to the DISH Network lineup sometime before Feb. 28, as a result of a retransmission agreement between the station's owner, Sinclair Broadcast Group, and DISH.
The station, which is a local affiliate for ABC, had been dropped Aug. 16 by DISH after Sinclair and DISH failed to come to terms over the price the satellite network would pay to carry the ABC affiliate.
Tim Mathis, general manager for both WICD in Champaign and WICS in Springfield, said DISH subscribers in East Central Illinois haven't been able to watch WICD.
They instead had to view its sister station in Springfield, even though WICD and WICS have independently produced local newscasts on weekdays.
In a release, Mathis said WICD could become available to DISH Network subscribers sooner than next February.
Fridge/freezer recycling program benefit doubled
CHAMPAIGN — Ameren Illinois is doubling the amount it gives to nonprofit organizations when residential electricity customers arrange to recycle their old refrigerators and freezers.
Under the utility's recycling referral bonus program, nonprofits normally get a $10 contribution each time customers schedule a free pickup of an old refrigerator or freezer.
But between Oct. 1 and Dec. 31, the utility is doubling that amount to $20, in hopes of helping nonprofits during the holiday season.
In addition to helping a nonprofit, Ameren customers receive $50 for each refrigerator or freezer they turn in for recycling and can save $100 to $160 a year on their individual electricity bills.
Customers may recycle up to two units. The appliances must be full-size units that are still operating, and customers need not replace them.
To recycle refrigerators or freezers, customers can call Ameren Illinois at 866-899-9088 or visit http://www.ActOnEnergy.com/pickup .
As of mid-September, 15 nonprofit groups in East Central Illinois were participating in the program.
They include: the Champaign County Chamber of Commerce, the Illinois Green Business Association, Holy Cross Catholic Church and Temple Baptist Church, all based in Champaign; PACE Center for Independent Living in Urbana; the Homer Community Improvement Association in Homer; and Mahomet Christian Church and Mahomet Church of the Nazarene, both in Mahomet.
In Vermilion County, the nonprofit organizations include: Cornerstone Christian Church, Provena Hospitals and United Way of Danville, all based in Danville; and Armstrong-Ellis Grade School, Armstrong.
Other participating nonprofits in the area include: the Clinton United Methodist Church, Clinton; Coles County Habitat for Humanity, Charleston; and St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Buckley.