Updated: Homer board to vote again on water for Sunrise Coal

Updated 7:39 p.m. Friday.

HOMER — One village board member is reconsidering last month's no vote that helped defeat a proposal to sell treated water and sewer services to Sunrise Coal.

So, the village board now plans to reconsider its proposed agreement with Sunrise on Monday night, according to Homer Mayor David Lucas.

Environmental grants available

BELLEVILLE — Monday is the deadline for applying for Illinois American Water environmental grants.

The company awards grants of up to $10,000 to support activities such as watershed cleanups, reforestation, biodiversity projects, wellhead protection initiatives and hazardous-waste collection efforts.

ICC asks Sidney to expand on objection to Ameren project

SIDNEY — The Illinois Commerce Commission wants Sidney officials to further explain their objection to Ameren Transmission Co.'s Illinois Rivers Transmission Project.

Turbine blade breaks caused by isolated issue, manufacturer says

ARMSTRONG — An "isolated manufacturing issue" caused two wind turbines in East Central Illinois to break last year, the manufacturer of the towers said Monday.

Environmental Almanac: Studying tiny creatures to answer big questions

For most people, I suspect, the word Daphnia brings to mind no clear picture.

South Side students make art from bottle caps as part of Hatch

CHAMPAIGN — The whir of drills and the clacking of countless plastic bottle caps filled the air of the gym at South Side Elementary on Friday.

The school's students took turns sorting through different styles and shades of bottle caps as they worked to make a mural featuring some fifth-grade students' drawing of the school's mascot, the South Side Superstar.

Vermilion to hear concerns on wind turbine ordinance

DANVILLE — In response to a request for a moratorium on any new wind farm construction, Vermilion County Board members decided Thursday night to schedule a public hearing, giving local residents the chance to voice any concerns they might have with the county's current wind turbine ordinance, particularly setback distances.

Vomiting, diarrhea, cramps? Norovirus the likely bug

CHAMPAIGN — That stomach bug that’s going around isn’t the flu.

It’s norovirus, and it’s very contagious, state health officials warn.

Norovirus causes vomiting, diarrhea and stomach cramps. It can also come with low-grade fever, chills, headache, muscle ache and fatigue.

Environmental Almanac: Check out the trees at Hessel Park event

"You don't know a tree til you know it naked." So says Sandy Mason, whose job title, horticulture educator with the University of Illinois Extension, does scant justice to her wide knowledge of and appreciation for the natural world — to say nothing of her sense of humor.

But how do you know one tree from another when they're naked, which is to say, without their leaves?

Chanute property transfers could be completed in 2014

RANTOUL — If it seems like it's taken a long time for the cleanup and transfer of property of the former Chanute Air Force Base to the village of Rantoul, it's only because it has.