WASHINGTON – Last week's announcement that Coles County would have a reduced role in the FutureGen energy project has opened a major rift between U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin and U.S. Rep. Tim Johnson, R-Urbana.
HOMER – Mayor David Lucas said construction of the new sewage treatment facility and collection system is on schedule, with two lagoons dug and the sewer plant building almost complete.
GIBSON CITY – Eco Manufacturing, which announced that Gibson City was its preferred site for a plasma gasification plant in February, has now asked for a refund of its application fee.
Council members voted unanimously at Monday night's meeting to refund $15,737 of the $20,000 that Eco paid in April under the town's pollution control facility siting ordinance.
Must be some clean closets in this town.
Hundreds of people dropped off a total of 100 tons of electronics at the countywide recycling event in Champaign last weekend.
You read that right.
MATTOON – Coles County officials have until the end of this week to decide whether they still want to participate in the FutureGen high technology energy project, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., said Monday.
Buried 2.2 kilometers deep under Illinois are some friendly bacteria that just might help researchers find a better way to clean up oil spills.
It's the focus of research led by UI Professor Bruce Fouke and funded, appropriately enough, by BP.
MATTOON – A significantly revised FutureGen plan was lauded Thursday by U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., but sharply criticized by area Republican officials.
The new proposal, called FutureGen 2.0, no longer includes construction of a state-of-the-art coal-gasification plant on a rural site west of Mattoon.
A reminder to parents: the sales tax holiday starts Friday.
The state's first-ever sales tax holiday will run from Aug. 6 through Aug. 15. During that time, the 5 percent state portion of sales taxes collected at retail registers around Illinois will be waived. Local government sales taxes will continue to be collected.
URBANA – Champaign County Board members deferred for a month any discussion about the need for zoning changes in response to a possible coal mine in southeastern Champaign County.
"It's just too much too fast," said Urbana Democrat Steve Beckett. "I don't think there is going to be a worthwhile discussion tonight. It's just too early."
URBANA – Champaign County Board members will discuss for the first time plans for a coal mine that could reach into a small part of the southeastern part of the county.
The committee of the whole meeting will begin at 6 p.m. today at the Brookens Administrative Center, 1776 E. Washington St., U.