Ford County has 7 wind farms in works

PAXTON – Seven wind farms are in various stages of development in Ford County – two of which are nearing the construction phase.

A special-use permit application for the Pioneer Trail Wind Farm will be up for a vote by the Ford County Board on Dec. 13 and by the Iroquois County Board on Dec. 14, following public hearings in both counties next week.

Iroquois County's wind-farm plans on hold for 6 months

WATSEKA – The Iroquois County Board is not saying "no" to all future wind farms, just for the next six months.

Rantoul takes quick action against destructive pest

Greg Hazel knew the day was coming. He just didn't think it would arrive so soon.

The Rantoul director of public works said when he got the call recently that emerald ash borer had been found in Rantoul, "it was a little disheartening."

The pest that is weaving a path of destruction in ash trees shows no mercy.

Attorney general's office probes fish kill near Mansfield

The investigation into a September spill that killed tens of thousands of fish near Mansfield is now being handled by the Illinois attorney general's office.

The spill happened in Lone Tree Creek, which flows into the Sangamon River. Damage was reported in the creek and the river.

Illinois EPA ups monitoring of large livestock farms

In response to an informal federal investigation, the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency has promised to keep a closer eye on large livestock farms in the state.

Wind farm meeting for Loda-Paxton area canceled

LODA — Tonight’s informational meeting regarding a proposed wind farm near Loda and Paxton has been canceled.

Loda Mayor Carol Arseneau said a new date for the meeting has not yet been scheduled.

Ameren: No danger, but rotten smell, after abandoned line broken

CHAMPAIGN — An Ameren Illinois official says there is no danger after workers at the Fifth and Hill cleanup site Monday morning broke into an abandoned natural gas line.

Future unclear for Dynegy power station near Oakwood

OAKWOOD – Short term, it's business as usual at Dynegy's Vermilion Power Station near Oakwood.

But long term, the facility's future is uncertain, according to Dynegy Inc. officials.

Used motor oil to be collected at Carmack by Keep Vermilion County Beautiful

DANVILLE – Keep Vermilion County Beautiful will hold a used motor oil collection for the 2010 America Recycles Day.

The collection takes place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 15 at Carmack Car Capitol, 37224 N. Vermilion St.

"Cleaner communities attract business," said Jason Toellner, KVCB president.

Water authority says report questions landfill proposal

MONTICELLO – Members of a small, local water authority have vowed to continue to voice their concerns about a proposed chemical waste storage facility proposed for Clinton.