Champaign will try to mirror Urbana's recycling plans

CHAMPAIGN – Over the next year, Champaign city officials, apartment building owners and waste haulers will be sorting out details to implement a multifamily recycling program.

At a city council meeting Tuesday, city leaders gave staff a green light to proceed with a recycling program that mirrors one in Urbana. The Champaign program is expected to be operating by next fall.

UI students say they're willing to join in recycling effort

CHAMPAIGN – University of Illinois students will recycle if given the chance, supporters told the city council during a discussion of Champaign starting a recycling program for apartments and other multifamily properties.

"If you make the resource available, the students will use it," Cassie Carroll, a University of Illinois graduate and executive director with the Illinois Green Business Association, said at Tuesday night's city council meeting.

Danville starts survey on desire for recycling service

DANVILLE - This month, residents interested in a curbside recycling program in Danville will have the chance to fill out an online survey and indicate how much they would be willing to pay to have the service.

Residents will receive a message with their sanitary sewer and solid waste bills about how to access an online survey about recycling, said Public Works Director Doug Ahrens.

A state lawmaker's worst bill? The one marked 'unpaid'

To the long list of contractors, vendors and other businesses awaiting payment from the state of Illinois, you can add state legislators and the people they do business with.

The owner of the building where state Rep. Bill Black, R-Danville, has his Danville office hasn't been paid since June. Same with the landlord of Democratic state Rep. Naomi Jakobsson's Champaign office. State Rep. Chapin Rose, R-Mahomet, said he had his trash-hauling service cut off for a number of days because of the nonpayment of bills.

Beckman Institute marks 20 years of collaboration

URBANA – In 1985, the Illini baseball field, Strawberry Fields and a cinder track, five laps to the mile, dominated the area near Wright and University.

Within four years, a $50 million facility jutted from the area, a 20-year experiment in bringing scholars from different fields under one roof that has paid off with research that benefits our daily life.

Apartment building recycling in Champaign by late 2010 OK'd

CHAMPAIGN – Residents of Champaign multi-family apartments are expected to have recycling available next year.

Champaign city council members were unanimous in support Tuesday night of directing city staff to proceed with a multi-family recycling program. The program is not expected to be implemented until November 2010.

Champaign pondering recycling options for apartments

CHAMPAIGN – Families living in Champaign apartments may get recycling services.

Champaign city council members will discuss options on multifamily recycling at a study session after the regular council meeting.

Middle-schoolers diving right into freshwater ecology

URBANA – Some sixth-grade students are getting a hands-on look at fish this week, as part of a study of freshwater ecology.

Students from Edison Middle School took turns holding bluegill and helping transfer bluegill and largemouth bass caught from a pond at the University of Illinois South Farms to a large plastic tub. They spent the day with scientists from the Illinois Natural History Survey, learning how those scientists collect fish and what they study.

Professor's project draws attention to environment

URBANA – Illinois American Water often talks about the Mahomet Aquifer as a container.

With her Mahomet Aquifer Project, University of Illinois dance Professor Jennifer Monson aims to make us think of our own bodies as containers and to examine our relationship to the aquifer, the source of our clear, good-tasting drinking water.

Peru providfes a trip of a lifetime

When we talk about our trip of a lifetime, people usually ask, "Why did you choose Peru?" The answer is more diverse than the country itself, which offers Pacific coastal wonders, Andes mountain ranges and rain forest jungle adventure; all with an ancient Inca presence.

My 17-year-old daughter and I chose a package with G.A.P. Tours out of San Francisco. The trip included airfare, lodging and a number of meals for $2,000 a person. What you paid up front in initial cost, you got back threefold with the exchange rate in Peru, which is 3 soles to $1.