Georgetown regulates outdoor furnaces

GEORGETOWN — Officials adopted an ordinance to regulate outdoor wood-burning furnaces in the city, and may add regulations soon.

C-U yard waste pickup schedules

Save the dates

The cities of Champaign and Urbana will again be providing leaf collection this year on the following dates:


Sunday lecture series examines climate change

The print version of this story incorrectly said the series begins Monday.

URBANA — Top scientists investigating the impact of global climate change will lead a six-week lecture series that kicks off Sunday in Urbana.

UI-built 'green' home one of stops on today's tour

URBANA — When University of Illinois Solar Decathlon students were asked to design and build an energy-efficient green home four years ago, they produced something modern and sleek — with clean white walls, red accents, customized Ikea furniture and a power systems interface run completely off an iPad.

U.S. regulator missed its best chance to catch VW cheating

JASON KEYSER, Associated Press

EPA tightening limits on smog-causing ozone

MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press

White Hall demolition soon to start at old base

RANTOUL — Equipment will soon be in place to begin demolition of the behemoth White Hall complex on the former Chanute Air Force Base.

Paul Carroll, base realignment and closure environmental coordinator for the former base, said removal of asbestos and lead-based paint is past the halfway stage.

Talking trash (haulers)

In November 2013, Rantoul officials realized that 770 households in town did not pay for trash service. Instead, the garbage of thousands was being dropped in the country, snuck into dumpsters or disposed of at workplaces.

'It was my mess'

FITHIAN — A Fithian-area livestock farmer has hired an environmental engineer to help clean up a manure spill that killed nearly 100,000 fish in Stony Creek and the Salt Fork River.

"It was my mess," cattle farmer Gabe Shepherd told The News-Gazette on Monday.

Boil order issued for Lake Iroquois

LAKE IROQUOIS — The unincorporated community of Lake Iroquois in southwestern Iroquois County is under a boil order until further notice.

Lake Iroquois' maintenance department announced the news around 1:30 p.m. Monday, saying that the boil order is a result of a water main being damaged and subsequently draining the water tower.