Danville council extends yard waste site lease

DANVILLE – Although the city is actively looking for a new site for the yard waste recycling operation, aldermen agreed Tuesday night to bump up from two years to three years a new lease for the current yard waste site at the local landfill.

Champaign turbine draws no complaints, unlike Urbana proposal

CHAMPAIGN – A new accent on the horizon in northwest Champaign has not drawn any complaints, its builders say, and should save $40,000 annually on Midwest Underground Technology's energy bills.

Recycling measure moves forward in Urbana

URBANA – The city council could require trash haulers in coming weeks to offer recycling services to their commercial customers – and in coming years they could require those customers to participate.

Conservation workshop set for lake area landowners

The Lake Vermilion Water Quality Coalition will hold a workshop for area landowners on Tuesday about conservation practices that can help reduce erosion, improve water quality and provide other environmental benefits.

Recycling expansion on agenda in Urbana

URBANA – The city council this week will consider whether to expand its recycling ordinance to cover commercial properties by requiring that haulers offer recycling services to their business clients.

The city council will discuss the proposed recycling ordinance when it meets as the committee of the whole at 7 p.m. Monday in the Urbana City Building, 400 S. Vine St.

Danville seeks renewal agreement with landfill for yard waste

DANVILLE – The city wants to renew for two years its agreement with the local landfill which provides space for the city's yard waste recycling program, even though the city expects to relocate that operation at some point.

UI turbine still faces uncertainty

URBANA – Unanticipated costs and unanswered questions have created the potential for a bigger price tag on the University of Illinois' wind turbine project, and officials will wait at least until March to get approval from the school's board of trustees.

Plants can encourage bees to visit yard

You can encourage bumblebees to visit your yard by planting native and other plants from this list compiled by University of Illinois Professor Sydney Cameron and a former student of hers, Heather Hines.

UI professor: Research shows disastrous decline in bee populations

URBANA – Scientists know that bee populations are suffering disastrous drops in population, especially among domesticated bees useful in agriculture.

But a University of Illinois researcher has conducted the first in-depth national study of bumblebees in the wild, and she says the results are distressing.

Prof finds new way to produce ethanol 'fast and efficiently'

A yeast that has long been used to brew and bake now can help create ethanol fuel from sugars that used to be useless in the process.

Yong-Su Jin, a professor of food science and human nutrition at the University Illinois, has been working on genetically engineering yeasts to bring forth biofuels from sugars like galactose that normally go to waste.