DANVILLE – Testing by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency has revealed that the biggest concern, so far, with a liquid spill near the CSX tracks and Mabin Street is the strong, unpleasant odor, according to state officials.
CHAMPAIGN – This summer's first Farmer's Market on Historic North First Street will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday.
And it will offer a lot more than fresh produce, says William Jones, owner of Rose & Taylor Barber Shop at 124 N. First St., C.
MAHOMET – First Fruits Produce in Mahomet plans to close its store by the end of the month, and in its place will be a Junior's Burgers & Custard restaurant.
CHAMPAIGN – It grows fast, needs few nutrients and releases energy as biomass that could help Parkland College, and other institutions, reduce their reliance on petroleum.
VILLA GROVE – Illini Recycling has announced a 4 percent increase in fees for city residents. The increase takes effect July 1. The monthly fee for a single-can pickup each week from a non-senior resident will increase from $17.42 to $18.60.
URBANA – The University of Illinois pledges to stop using coal within seven years as part of a plan to reduce energy use and cut carbon emissions .
URBANA – The on-again, off-again wind turbine project at the University of Illinois is back on, part of a new campus Climate Action Plan.
DANVILLE – From Hurricane Katrina to the 2007 tornado that devastated Greensburg, Kansas, to several other floods, ice storms and tornadoes around the nation, volunteers from New Life Christian Center have helped with cleanup.