Champaign may extend recycling to multifamily dwellings

CHAMPAIGN – Champaign apartment dweller Mary Flesher says she wants to recycle but seldom does.

She blames the fact that Champaign does not offer recycling to buildings with five or more apartments. She and her husband, David, live in a 12-unit apartment building at 607 W. Springfield Ave.

UI professor among 3 killed in car-train accident

SOMONAUK – A retired University of Illinois professor, his wife and a granddaughter were killed in a collision between their car and a passenger train in northern LaSalle County on Monday afternoon.

A release from LaSalle County Coroner Jodeen Bernard said Benjamin Rasmusen, 82, and his wife Marilyn Rasmusen, 81, both of Leland, were killed when the car they were in was hit by an Amtrak passenger train about 1½ miles west of Somonauk.

Urbana council explores small-business recycling

URBANA – Tom Bruno, a city councilman in Champaign, also has a law office and four apartments in Urbana.

He puts used paper and an "occasional soda can" from the office in recycle toters for the apartments.

Prairie school, others getting greener

URBANA – Prairie Elementary School is one of three public schools in the state chosen to participate in a pilot program to make its operations more environmentally friendly.

Recycling expansion in Urbana to be discussed

URBANA – Urbana City Council members will continue discussing adding small businesses to the city's recycling program.

The topic, first introduced by Alderman Charlie Smyth two weeks ago, is on the agenda for Monday's study session as the Urbana council meets as committee of the whole at 7 p.m. at the council chambers, 400 S. Vine St.

Thousands expected for Historic Farm Days in Penfield

PENFIELD – Up to 8,000 people are expected to attend this year's Historic Farm Days July 9-12 in Penfield.

The world's largest tractor and the Allis-Chalmers machinery line will be among the featured attractions.

Big Bud, world's largest tractor, makes way to Rantoul

RANTOUL – "Welcome, Big Bud."

Skip Kirkland of Mahomet, Nora Fourez of Rankin and Don Miller of Paxton held a sign bearing the greeting on the grounds of the National Aviation Center in Rantoul late last week, welcoming the world's largest tractor.

Climbing test planned for DACC wind-energy program

DANVILLE – Danville Area Community College has been looking to fill the first class of its new Wind Energy Technician associate degree program. Those afraid of heights need not apply.

DACC officials said the program comes with a unique prerequisite: a climbing test. An actual wind turbine tower, measuring 240 feet or so from base to hub, if they get their way.

Water main reported broken at Ameren site

CHAMPAIGN – Ameren crews working to remove contaminated soil at the Fifth and Hill streets site reportedly have ruptured a water main, cutting off water service to an undetermined area.

The water company has reportedly provided bottled water to some households, along with a warning that after the main break is repaired, it will take a further 36 hours to purge contamination from the line.

'We've got wind; why not benefit from it?'

DANVILLE – Herb and Rosa Lee Osterbur had no hesitation in agreeing to lease some of their farmland near Hope for a wind turbine farm.

"I knew right away we would be interested for financial reasons as well as for the benefit to energy," Rosa Lee Osterbur said. "We've got wind. Why not benefit from it?"