Final land agreements for Cronus plant pipe expected to be in soon

The head of Tuscola Economic Development Incorporated said he expects to finalize the remaining agreements soon for land needed for a pipe to the Cronus plant.

Brian Moody said over the past couple weeks, he's spoken with the four landowners who have not signed an agreement, and he expected the signatures to come in within the next week.

Cleanup of coal ash in Belleville to begin soon

BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) — A $35 million cleanup job to remove hazardous coal ash from a downtown Belleville site will soon begin after a brief delay.

Environmental Almanac: Facts about a fascinating creature

Some people love rabbits. "Soooo cute!!! More bunnies please" was the response from one friend when I posted a rabbit picture online recently.

More people, perhaps, have mixed feelings about them.

"Love bunnies, but baby just ate a large butterfly milkweed I bought a few days ago," added another friend.

Gulf states reach $18.7 billion settlement with BP over oil spill

KEVIN McGILL, Associated Press

Don't smoke 'em if you got 'em

The signs declaring Parkland College a tobacco-free campus have long been up.

For months, a reminder on all internal communication with students and staff warned, "The end is coming." Today, that message changed to "The end is here."

While most on the Champaign community college campus are well aware the new tobacco ban kicks off today, that doesn't mean they like it.

Failed pump causes sewage backup into Homer Village Hall

HOMER — Homer Village Hall is off-limits to the public after a failed pump station caused raw sewage to back up into the building.

Sanitary district makes offer on land needed for Cronus project

The Urbana-Champaign Sanitary District has made an offer to a property owner along the pipeline path to the Cronus plant near Tuscola.  It's a move that officials said is a step in the process to take the land through eminent domain, but it doesn't mean eminent domain will happen.

IEPA issues draft permit for Vermilion County mine

The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency has given preliminary approval to a proposed coal mine in southern Vermilion County.

Cleanup starts at White Hall

RANTOUL — A cleanup operation of asbestos-containing materials and other hazardous substances has begun in White Hall on the former Chanute Air Force Base.

Monticello sports-field plan draws crowd

MONTICELLO — The fate of a proposed 31-acre multisport recreation area on the west side of town drew a larger crowd than usual at Monticello's city council meeting.