Final decision weeks away on wind farm near Royal

URBANA — A proposed 30-turbine wind farm in northeast Champaign County will get another hearing Thursday night before the Champaign County Zoning Board of Appeals — but probably not its last hearing.

Champaign council leaves groundwater ordinance alone

CHAMPAIGN — To the dismay of a health care advocacy group, the city will keep its 4-year-old "groundwater restriction ordinance" after a council vote on Tuesday night.

Champaign to review 'groundwater restriction ordinance' again

CHAMPAIGN — The Champaign City Council this week will again review its "groundwater restriction ordinance," and likely make more specific recommendations to city administrators on how they want to change it.

Danville to begin yard waste collection on Oct. 3

DANVILLE — The Danville Public Works Division will begin its fall yard waste collection program on Oct. 3.

Recycling knocks down demolition expenses

CHAMPAIGN — An old warehouse along the train tracks at 811 N. State St. has been out of compliance with city codes for years. It's boarded up, chained off and the city has posted signs warning away trespassers.

But Ken Lee sees money in the structure, and it will save the city about $100,000.

"The bricks," Lee said. "We can use them."

Khan Annex dedication 2011

A dedication and ribbon cutting are held outside of Huff Hall to celebrate the building's north addition, Khan Annex, in Champaign, Ill on Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011. The annex, made possible by Shahid Khan and wife, Ann Carlson Khan, will house the Center on Health, Aging, and Disability, the Master of Public Health program, classrooms and more. 

Wind farm setback dispute may land in court

GILMAN — A legal dispute over whether Douglas Township officials provided proper public notice when they adopted a 2,000-foot setback for wind turbines could be headed to court.

But attorneys on both sides of the issue hope it does not come to that.

Champaign prepares to inventory trees - at a cost

CHAMPAIGN — City officials are trying to get a handle on $30 million worth of infrastructure — but it's not streets, sewers or sidewalks.

They're counting trees. And the inventory process isn't cheap.

Ash borer traps show movement of pest in Rantoul

RANTOUL — The emerald ash borer has made itself at home in northern Champaign County.

Elizabeth Burns, a plant health safeguarding specialist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, said earlier this week that 29 of the destructive, invasive pests were found in traps the USDA placed in Rantoul. The 12 traps, which were put in place in May, were removed last week.

River cleanup set at Ellsworth Park in Danville

DANVILLE — The city's parks and recreation division and Keep Vermilion County Beautiful are sponsoring a river cleanup at Ellsworth from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.