Committee recommends Iroquois County board approve wind farm rules

Updated 6 p.m. Friday

WATSEKA -- The Iroquois County Board is scheduled to take a final vote on regulations involving wind farms next week, after a committee approved recommending the rules in a meeting on Friday.

Bayles Lake residents face funding problem for sewer plant

BAYLES LAKE -- The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency has denied the Bayles Lake community the funding it had requested for a $5 million sewage-treatment plant.

Champaign council has questions about recycling center

CHAMPAIGN -- The opening of a new, privately owned recycling center near where the city-owned dropoff center recently closed is still up in the air,after the city council on Tuesday deferred a vote on a permit that would have allowed it to operate.

Champaign likely to vote on permit for recycling center

CHAMPAIGN --  The city council this week will decide whether a private recycling dropoff center may locate a couple blocks from where a city-owned center closed toward the end of last year.

The council likely will vote on the permit when it meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Champaign City Building.

Builders join on 'green' house showcase

URBANA Local home builders are banding together to build a "green" house in Urbana in hopes of showing people what environmentally friendly features they can look for in a home.

Groundbreaking for the home in Urbana's South Ridge subdivision will be at 3 p.m. Tuesday, according to Mike Martin, chairman of the Home Builders Association of East Central Illinois.

Ameren set to charge up electric vehicles when public's ready

URBANA -- Ameren Illinois says its system is ready to charge electric vehicles whenever the public is ready to drive them.

With gas prices hovering around $3.50 a gallon, that time may come sooner than later.

Resident questions Vermilion wind farm rules

DANVILLE - The Vermilion County committee charged with overseeing the permit process for wind farms met for the first time Monday to begin its review of the county's first wind farm application. But one resident at the meeting still wants the county to reconsider its wind ordinance before moving through the application process.

UI trustees won't vote on turbine at next meeting

URBANA – The University of Illinois trustees won't be voting on a proposed Urbana wind turbine project at their March 23 meeting, though a deadline is looming.

The turbine would be near the intersection of Old Church and Philo roads, and has caused some concerns among Urbana residents.

Tolono couple landed just in time for Japan quake

TOLONO – The first experience for Gary and Linda Fisher on their most recent international journey?

Japan's earthquakes. Before they'd even gotten out of the Tokyo airport.

Waste-energy firm drops Gibson City from consideration

PAXTON – Minutes after Ford County Board Chairman Rick Bowen announced that a Wisconsin developer is no longer interested in Gibson City as a site for a proposed waste-to-energy plant, the board made arrangements to meet with a second company exploring a similar project.