Exchange of gunfire sends Shelbyville man to hospital

MATTOON – A Shelbyville man who exchanged gunfire with Mattoon police early Saturday was taken to a Coles County hospital.

A release from the Mattoon Police Department said officers were called to 1817 S. Ninth St., Mattoon, at 4:43 a.m. by a woman who needed help. While on the way, they were told that a man in the apartment, Matthew D. Thomas, 26, wanted to kill himself.

Washington Street residents want flooding fixed faster

CHAMPAIGN – Interim solutions to persistent flooding problems in Champaign may be possible, according to city officials, but residents particularly plagued by heavy rains this year are getting tired of waiting.

More than 60 people from the Washington Street watersheds attended a meeting Thursday night and sounded a common refrain.

Champaign council shows support for wind energy systems

CHAMPAIGN – Champaign City Council members were unanimous Tuesday in wanting to encourage development of wind turbines as an alternative, sustainable energy source.

By a vote of 9-0, the council directed city staff to develop an ordinance to allow wind energy conversion systems in the city. Council members expressed strong opposition, though, to any suggestion that large wind turbines would be outright prohibited within their 1.5-mile extra-terratorial jurisdiction.

Bioscience company plans to add workers in Champaign

CHAMPAIGN – Chromatin Inc. may expand its staff in Champaign by as much as 50 percent, its chief executive officer said.

"We may add another four to five employees in the next six months," Chromatin CEO Daphne Preuss said last week. The Chicago-based bioscience company already has 10 full- and part-time employees in the University of Illinois Research Park, she added.

Vermilion County recycling might eventually be revived

DANVILLE – The Vermilion County Board's health and education committee has decided to reduce the hours of the county recycling coordinator because of the recycling program's being eliminated on Oct. 1.

But Steve Laker, administrator of the health department, which oversees the recycling program, said the department is committed to reviving recycling in Vermilion County. It just currently does not have the dollars to do it.

Area-based auto warranty firm focus of probe

The Better Business Bureau of Central Illinois is investigating complaints that a Bloomington-based auto warranty company failed to honor the warranties it sold to customers.

More than 80 complaints have been filed against Dealers Services. Its office was located in Bloomington, but telemarketers solicited business from all across the country, said John Harmon, dispute resolution specialist with the Better Business Bureau of Central Illinois.

Talk of wind power regulations in air in Champaign

CHAMPAIGN – City council members in Champaign will talk Tuesday about wind power – not the hot-air-politics type, but the wind turbine type.

At a study session set to begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the city council chambers, 102 N. Neil St., C, the city planning staff will discuss wind energy conservation systems, particularly small wind turbines within city limits and how to regulate wind farms near city boundaries.

Home being built in Philo will be 'Extreme'-ly green

PHILO – Faucets with aerators. Geothermal heat pumps. Energy-efficient appliances.

With all of its environmentally friendly features, the new home being built for the Montgomery family as part of ABC's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" will be certified green according to a new certification program.

Variety is spice of farmers' market in Danville

DANVILLE – Even overcast skies and some rain didn't keep a steady flow of customers away from the farmers' market in downtown Danville on Wednesday.

Rural King is moving into former Wal-Mart building

CHAMPAIGN – Rural King plans to open a store in Champaign, taking over the space formerly occupied by Wal-Mart and Steve & Barry's. The farm supply retailer has slated an Oct. 1 opening for the store at 913 W. Marketview Drive, said Matt Garrison, regional manager for the Mattoon-based chain.