Bids awarded for Middletown demolition

MAHOMET — With contracts awarded for asbestos removal and demolition, the old Middletown school building's days are numbered.

The facility on Division Street, which has housed students at all levels, was most recently an early childhood center. It's been vacant since the opening of Middletown Prairie Elementary this fall.

Turbines boosting governments' bank accounts

In its first year on the property tax rolls, the California Ridge wind farm contributed more than $2.3 million to the coffers of schools, community colleges, counties, townships, libraries and fire districts in Champaign and Vermilion counties.

Urbana celebrates Boneyard Creek project completion

The mayor of Urbana said she's happy to see the end of barbed wire fencing around a creek near the central part of city.

A ribbon cutting ceremony was held Friday morning to celebrate the completion of the Boneyard Creek Improvements Project.

Mayor Laurel Prussing said the area looks much different now than when the project began about two years ago.

No on Keystone pipeline — but GOP vows replay

DAVID ESPO, Associated Press
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State OKs Ivesdale plan on hydrants

IVESDALE — The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency has accepted Ivesdale's proposal to manually flush its fire hydrants to address a problem with levels of trihalomethanes (TTHMs) exceeding state standards.

Supporters of oil pipeline scramble for last vote

DINA CAPPIELLO, Associated Press

Environmental Almanac: Group 'saving planet two buildings at a time'

In a recent column on the University of Illinois' progress toward goals articulated in its Climate Action Plan, I noted that Ben McCall, the associate director of the Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment, had called special attention to the role of a team at Fac

Proposed water regulation 'concerning' to farmers

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Heritage board rejects hosting meeting on mine

BROADLANDS — The Heritage school board turned down a request by the Illinois Department Natural Resources to hold a meeting regarding the proposed Bulldog Coal mine at Homer Elementary School.

Deal with EPA up for vote in Champaign

CHAMPAIGN — A city engineer says Champaign does not agree with the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, which holds it partially responsible for alleged stormwater release violations at a construction site in the southern part of the city.

The city council will vote tonight on a compliance agreement with the EPA over the alleged violations.