Danville seeks renewal agreement with landfill for yard waste

DANVILLE – The city wants to renew for two years its agreement with the local landfill which provides space for the city's yard waste recycling program, even though the city expects to relocate that operation at some point.

UI turbine still faces uncertainty

URBANA – Unanticipated costs and unanswered questions have created the potential for a bigger price tag on the University of Illinois' wind turbine project, and officials will wait at least until March to get approval from the school's board of trustees.

Plants can encourage bees to visit yard

You can encourage bumblebees to visit your yard by planting native and other plants from this list compiled by University of Illinois Professor Sydney Cameron and a former student of hers, Heather Hines.

UI professor: Research shows disastrous decline in bee populations

URBANA – Scientists know that bee populations are suffering disastrous drops in population, especially among domesticated bees useful in agriculture.

But a University of Illinois researcher has conducted the first in-depth national study of bumblebees in the wild, and she says the results are distressing.

Prof finds new way to produce ethanol 'fast and efficiently'

A yeast that has long been used to brew and bake now can help create ethanol fuel from sugars that used to be useless in the process.

Yong-Su Jin, a professor of food science and human nutrition at the University Illinois, has been working on genetically engineering yeasts to bring forth biofuels from sugars like galactose that normally go to waste.

Champaign recycling drop-off center reaches end of line

CHAMPAIGN – As a budget savings measure, now that at-home recycling pickup is available to all Champaign residents, the city-operated recycling drop-off center will be shuttered for good by the end of Thursday.

Users can still drop off their paper, plastic, glass and other recyclables at the Kenyon Road facility until 2:30 p.m.

Christmas tree collection starts next week

Curbside Christmas tree collection will begin next week in Champaign, Urbana and Danville.

But the Champaign County Forest Preserve District already has begun accepting discarded trees. They will be used either for fish habitat, or chipped and placed around plantings throughout the forest preserve districts' parks.

Gibson City in running for 2nd waste-burning plant

GIBSON CITY – Mayor Dan Dickey said Monday that he plans to set up a meeting "in the near future" between local officials and a second company that is interested in building a facility in Gibson City to convert hazardous waste into clean, renewable energy.

FDA: Salmonella linked to organic farm in Urbana

URBANA – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is advising people not to eat sprouts from an organic farm in Urbana.

Sprouts from Tiny Greens Organic Farm of rural Urbana have been preliminarily linked to a salmonella outbreak in Illinois and other Midwest states, according to an advisory issued by the FDA on Monday.

With FutureGen site candidates identified, let the competition begin

By Illinois Statehouse News

SPRINGFIELD - The four communities hoping for the revamped FutureGen project now know who their competition is.