It's in the bags

CHAMPAIGN — Residents have two reasons to feel good about Champaign's new yard waste collection and recycling program.

First, it's keeping some farm animals warm this winter.

And second, it's saving the city thousands of dollars in recycling costs alone.

Rob Kanter: Farmer's message spreading quickly

Prior to the release of his book "Restoration Agriculture" in early 2013, Wisconsin farmer Mark Shepard's agent reassured him: "You'll tour and do some signings for five or six months, but after that, sales will taper off and demands on your time will be negligible."

'Floating support group' tackling cancer with even strokes

CHAMPAIGN — As a recent breast-cancer survivor and psychotherapist, Kelly Bradham knows how much she and her fellow survivors need exercise and mutual support, and she hasn't let living in a landlocked community stop her from finding both those things in a boat.

A 42-foot-long pink dragon boat, to be exact.

Care to join her?

Villa Grove boil order likely to last through weekend

VILLA GROVE — A boil order that was issued on Tuesday likely won't be lifted until Monday, city officials warned.

The order affects water customers in Villa Grove and the village of Camargo. The cause: the discovery of midge fly larvae in the water treatment system.

Boil order issued for Villa Grove, Camargo

A boil order has been issued for the city of Villa Grove and the village of Camargo, until further notice, due to the discovery of midge fly larvae in the water treatment system (which are harmless to humans).
To alleviate this issue, clear wells will be flushed, water towers will be overflowed and high chlorine will be added to the water.

Rob Kanter: Innovations sprout at Tanglefoot Ranch

One day in the spring of 2011, Grover Webb was out discussing a new project on his farm with Jeff Kindhart, a University of Illinois research specialist based at the Dixon Springs Agricultural Center.

As Kindhart's gaze came to rest on a gently sloping pasture nearby, he said, "Grover, that's the best peach orchard site I've ever seen in southern Illinois."

Southern Illinois: Fabulous field trip

In recent weeks, University of Illinois undergraduates in an Earth, Society, and Environmental Sustainability field trip class traveled to southern Illinois, with visits to Garden of the Gods Recreation Area in the Shawnee National Forest, Heron Pond, a nature preserve in the Cache River State Natural Area and Tanglefoot Ranch, a diversified farm in Pope Coun

Dan Corkery: The emerald ash borer is here to stay

One group finds Illinois a great place to live: the emerald ash borer.

That's the half-inch-long metallic-green bug — an invasive species from Asia — that feeds on the leaves of ash trees and lays its eggs on the bark. After those eggs hatch, the larvae chew their way beneath the bark to get to the food they really want.

Mayors past, present sign deal

CHAMPAIGN — Former Mayor Don Gerard was back in the Champaign City Building on Wednesday, signing off on a recently settled consent decree between the Clinton Landfill and a number of local governments and officials.

Gerard was mayor at the time the consent order was drafted, and was listed as one of its plaintiffs.

Updated climate plan aims higher

URBANA — New energy standards for building projects, fewer car trips and air travel, and the purchase of "carbon offsets" to meet emission goals are all part of the 2015 climate action plan