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UI students rally in support of wind turbine

Students march in support of proposed turbine

URBANA – University of Illinois students rallied in support of a proposed 400-foot wind turbine on Friday while school officials continue looking for $700,000 to fund the balance of the estimated $5.2 million project.

Group threatens suit against Champaign

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CHAMPAIGN — City officials have at least two months to respond to a letter from a health care advocacy group threatening to sue if the city does not remedy a pipe that the group says is dumping hazardous waste into the Boneyard Creek.

Residents voice concerns over Vermilion turbine ordinance

DANVILLE - Two Rankin-area residents raised concerns to the Vermilion County Board on Tuesday night about whether the county's wind ordinance adequately protects the public's interests in regard to the wind farm that's planned for northwestern Vermilion County.

Tech recycler looks to build permanent presence

URBANA – An electronics recycling contractor that ran four one-day recycling events in Champaign last year is looking into establishing a permanent presence here.

2 townships give up zoning rights for wind project

DANVILLE – Two of three townships in Vermilion County where the Hoopeston wind project is being planned have agreed to waive their zoning process and allow the county to regulate the planned development.

UI suggests turbine could be moved

URBANA – As the costs of a University of Illinois wind turbine increase, south Urbana residents worried how the turbine would affect their property values brought more questions to a second public meeting on Monday night.

Boil order issued for part of Tuscola

TUSCOLA — A boil order has been issued for a portion of Tuscola.

Tuscola City Superintendent Denny Cruzan said the city has issued a boil order for all residences and businesses in an area bordered by U.S. 36 to the south, Indiana Street to the east, Pinzon Street to the north and Main Street to the west until further notice.

UI sets next meeting on wind turbine in Urbana

URBANA – The University of Illinois will hold a second public meeting next week to update residents whose homes could lie in the shadow of a proposed 400-foot wind turbine just south of the city limits.

The meeting will convene on Monday at 7 p.m. at the Urbana Civic Center, 108 E. Water St.

Vermilion official touts wind farm as economic boost

ROSSVILLE – Vermilion County will be the first taxing body to benefit from a 43-turbine wind farm planned across an 8,000-acre stretch of mostly farmland west of Rossville.

Urbana wants to demolish former cleaner building

URBANA – City officials have moved forward with plans to demolish a downtown building that once housed a dry-cleaning business, after part of the building's chimney collapsed last year.