CHICAGO – The Champaign County Forest Preserve District has received a $126,000 state grant for the initial development of the Sangamon River Forest Preserve near Fisher.
The grant award was one of 49 park development and land acquisition projects announced Friday by the state Department of Natural Resources at the annual meeting of the Illinois Association of Park Districts in Chicago. The Champaign County Forest Preserve District's grant is the only one in East Central Illinois.
URBANA – Public comments are being sought on a land use plan for Champaign County that has been under development for nearly three years.
GEORGETOWN – School officials on Monday approved a project to install solar- energy panels on the south side of Georgetown-Ridge Farm High School this spring.
Superintendent Greg Irwin said that Illiana Power would help the Georgetown-Ridge Farm school district apply for a solar power grant through the state.
CHAMPAIGN – How do you increase soybean yield? What is considered high yield? Farmers, what are your techniques for bringing in the most bushels of soybeans?
URBANA – If you think this snow is hard on you, try being a raptor, looking for a mouse or some nice carrion under a blanket of white.
The University of Illinois Wildlife Veterinary Clinic is seeing a predictable surge in predatory birds, some of whom have been hit by cars while dining on dead mammals by the roadside.
CHAMPAIGN – Two veterinarians and some students from the University of Illinois veterinary teaching hospital were called to help with a truck loaded with hogs that overturned west of Champaign.
The crash caused both lanes of southbound Interstate 57 to be closed for more than three hours Monday while people rescued the hogs and cleaned up the scene.
CHAMPAIGN – When it rains, it stinks.
For some Champaign residents, the phrase is more literal than they might like it to be.
CHAMPAIGN – David Tcheng was skeptical when he received a letter from AmerenIP offering an energy audit of his home in Champaign.
He thought it was a scam.
He discovered it wasn't.
Urbana and Champaign, the Champaign County Forest Preserve District and Lake Shelbyville will be collecting Christmas trees after the holidays.
In Urbana and Champaign, Christmas tree collections will be done Jan. 4-8 and Jan. 11-15.
DANVILLE – Christmas may be over, but you may want to keep your live tree up until after New Year's Day, because the city's public works department will begin picking up trees and other holiday greenery on Jan. 4.
City workers will complete the special pickup Jan. 4 through 15, and any remaining yard waste can also be placed out for pickup during that period. No yard waste will be picked up after Jan. 15 until the yard waste program resumes again in the spring.