Water company to flush, inspect hydrants

DANVILLE — The Vermilion Division of Aqua Illinois water company will begin its annual system-wide hydrant flushing and maintenance program Monday.

All 1,829 fire hydrants will be flushed and inspected to ensure proper operation, a process that should take four weeks.

Champaign to host green business summit

CHAMPAIGN — Two nationally known authorities on sustainability — Joel Makower and Jim Hartzfeld —will be keynote speakers for the first Illinois Green Business Summit, scheduled Sept. 6 and 7 at the Hilton Garden Inn, Champaign.

Garden of the Week: Frank Thompson

The garden of Frank and Holly Thompson at their home in Champaign on Tuesday, June 5, 2012.

Fence art downtown to be removed

CHAMPAIGN — As plans to develop the southwest corner of Church and Neil Streets in downtown Champaign continue, the art made from vinyl billboard material on the fence around the site will have to come down.

The I.D.E.A. Store is asking volunteers to help them take down and reuse the material.

Wind farm company secures financing

CHICAGO — E.On Climate & Renewables North America announced Monday that it has secured $150 million of institutional equity financing from Bank of America Merrill Lynch in exchange for a partial interest in its Pioneer Trail Wind Farm near Paxton.

Conservation camp offered

DANVILLE — The Vermilion County Conservation District is offering a new educational camp for youth that allows them to experience various outdoor activities and explore occupations in conservation.

Jakobsson fracking moratorium bill clears committee

SPRINGFIELD — House Democrats rammed through legislation, with eight hours remaining in the spring session, to impose on two-year moratorium on horizontal hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas in Illinois.

Dogs help researchers track turtles

OAKWOOD — It's sunny and cool early Wednesday morning in a quiet, mostly empty campground at Kickapoo State Park.

Landfill legislation faces growing opposition

SPRINGFIELD — Mounting opposition has stalled a bill that would have prohibited the disposal of chemical PCBs at a landfill in Clinton that sits over the water supply source for Champaign-Urbana and dozens of other central Illinois communities.

Bill requiring fees for animal feeding operations goes to governor

SPRINGFIELD — A bill requiring so-called concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) to pay permit fees was approved by the Illinois Senate Tuesday and sent to Gov. Pat Quinn for his signature.