Final decision looms in Danville on future of garbage, yard waste pickup

DANVILLE — Aldermen face a final decision Tuesday on the future of garbage and yard waste pickup in Danville.

If aldermen don't approve the latest five-year solid waste plan that includes increases in monthly garbage and other fees, then city administrators won't be going back to the drawing board, they'll be making decisions on what services to cut.

Firm a finalist in Clean Energy Challenge

CHAMPAIGN — A Champaign-based company has been selected as one of 10 finalists that will compete March 1 for a $100,000 grand prize at the second annual Clean Energy Challenge in Chicago.

Dioxide Materials was chosen from 59 applications submitted by early-stage clean-energy companies in eight Midwestern states.

Ford County Board gets another request for greater turbine setbacks

PAXTON — The Ford County Board has been confronted with yet another request from a resident concerned about wind farms. And again, the board offered no discussion on whether it would consider adopting stricter regulations.

Recycling program shelved for now in Champaign

CHAMPAIGN — City council members on Tuesday night decided they want a new curbside recycling pickup program but stopped short of outlining the details, while a local waste hauler told them, "you fully don't realize what you're getting in to."

Urbana council to discuss new recycling center

URBANA — The city council this week will discuss a partnership with Mervis Industries to open a regional recycling center on the northern edge of the city.

The prospect of a recycling center at that location is not new — the city council in 2009 granted Mervis Industries permission to build the facility to be located at 3008 N. Cunningham Ave.

Champaign, Urbana picking up Christmas trees

URBANA — By the hundreds, evergreens are starting to pile up at the Landscape Recycling Center.

Fraser, Douglas and Balsam firs, blue spruces and pines — they spent weeks as the centerpiece of holiday parties, adorned with sparkling lights, shimmering garlands and colorful ornaments.

Now they're all garbage.

Company, county officials working out financial security

WATSEKA — Officials with E.On Climate & Renewables, the developer of two wind farms in operation in Iroquois County, said they are working with State's Attorney Jim Devine to negotiate how to provide financial securities related to the decommissioning of wind turbines.

Urbana housing project gets second chance

URBANA — The city is reviving an ambitious development project that, if successful, would provide incredibly energy-efficient housing for lower-income families.

County to join Clinton landfill protest

URBANA — Champaign County Board members voted Tuesday night to join in a possible legal challenge to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's decision to allow the disposal of PCBs at a landfill in Clinton.

The landfill sits atop the Mahomet Aquifer, which is the primary water source for much of central Illinois, including Champaign-Urbana.

Iroquois County hog farm fined for waste release

BUCKLEY — An Iroquois County swine facility has agreed to pay more than $81,000 in fines to the state for illegally discharging livestock waste into a rural creek in 2009.