Weather's right for West Nile virus

URBANA – Clean your gutters, flush your bird baths and wear insect repellent – mosquito experts say the longer the weather stays dry, the higher the risk for West Nile virus.

This year's wet spring weather kept down the number of Culex mosquitoes, which carry the virus. But the recent dry spell has increased the risk that the species is multiplying.

Douglas County considers interest in FutureGen

Rep. Tim Johnson won't attempt to dissuade Douglas County officials from applying to be a part of the FutureGen 2.0 project that Coles County business leaders already have dismissed.

Green Business Association certifies four more local businesses

URBANA – Four more businesses have been certified as "green" businesses by the Illinois Green Business Association, the association announced Wednesday.

Newly certified are: Marcy McAnally State Farm Insurance, Champaign; Common Ground Food Co-Op, Urbana; Body n' Sole, Savoy; and Boltini Lounge, Champaign.

Durbin to seek other Illinois towns after Coles County rejects FutureGen

MATTOON – Barring a monumental turnaround, Coles County's seven-year love-hate relationship with the high-tech FutureGen energy project has ended.

Coles County says 'no' to FutureGen

MATTOON — Coles County officials have rejected an offer to work with the Department of Energy on the retooled FutureGen 2.0 project.

FutureGen shift brings rift between Johnson, Durbin

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.

Company asks for application fee refund from Gibson City

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.

Homer plant construction on schedule

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.

Recycling event brought in 100 tons of electronics items

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.

Coles County group must decide soon on FutureGen role, Durbin says

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.