Service cuts likely in Danville leaf collection

DANVILLE — It appears there will be a yard waste program next year but possibly one that uses a combination of service reductions and fee increases.

In October, aldermen shot down garbage rate fee increases that would generate new revenue partly to fund new capital that's necessary to continue the yard waste program.

Options for disposal of yard waste

Danville city administrators presented the following yard waste options to aldermen for discussion about the direction the program should go in the future.

Option A

Danville schedules two extra yard waste collections

DANVILLE — The city's special yard waste collection period will end this week, but two special collections are coming up for Christmas trees and extra holiday waste.

The weekly pickup of yard waste bags and toters by the city's solid waste division will stop on Friday, but the yard waste recycling facility at the Brickyard Landfill will remain open and continue accepting materials.

Officials hope for council direction on Danville yard waste collection

DANVILLE — The city's regular yard waste collection program ends for the year on Friday, but city officials are not sure what the program will look like when it restarts next year.

Ameren restores power in Champaign

UPDATED 2:52 p.m. Thursday.

CHAMPAIGN -- Ameren crews restored power to nearly 2,500 customers Thursday in Champaign in ZIP codes 61820 and 61821.

Ameren spokesman Leigh Morris said a conductor burned about 1:30 p.m. at the Kirby Avenue substation. Morris said a
a crew was making repairs on a damaged conductor when another conductor came loose and fell into another line,

Millions to be invested in energy efficiency at UI

SPRINGFIELD — The University of Illinois will invest millions into boosting the energy efficiency of its facilities and is hiring a firm to develop a plan for how it can meet climate-related goals, such as using more renewable fuels to power the Urbana campus.

Dispute ends over setback for turbines in Iroquois County township

WATSEKA — Iroquois County State's Attorney Jim Devine has conceded that Douglas Township officials obeyed the state's sunshine laws — to a "minimally acceptable" standard — when they approved increasing the distance required between wind turbines and homes on properties not being leased for a wind farm.

Vermilion power station officially retired

NEWTOWN — The Vermilion power station in the Newtown area has been officially retired from service, according to Dynegy officials.

The 176-megawatt coal-fired power station was "mothballed" this past spring and most of its workers let go, and even then, had not regularly been generating power for some time, according to Dynegy officials.

Don't throw away those old lights

The Thanksgiving leftovers are in the refrigerator, the last of the good dishes are back in the cabinet, now on to the Christmas tree.

You get out the decorations and root around for the delicate treasures — Aunt Min's handmade eggshell ornaments and mom's needle-pointed angels — before reaching for the lights.

County board approves wind farm near Royal

URBANA — Champaign County Board members unanimously approved a 30-turbine wind farm for a rural area in the northeastern part of the county north of Royal.

The 30 turbines are part of a larger development, known as the California Ridge Farm, that also extends into Vermilion County where more than 100 turbines will be built.