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Danville yard waste stickers on sale Monday

DANVILLE — Yard waste stickers will go on sale Monday.

Stickers are $25 and are sold at the Robert E. Jones Municipal Building, 17 W. Main St. They will also be available for purchase over the phone by calling 431-2200 on or after Monday. Stickers are good for one calendar year.

Danville school jobs will be cut through retirements

DANVILLE — Danville school district officials plan to cut more than a dozen teaching and staff positions for next school year but retain the people in those positions by shuffling them into other openings that will be created through retirements.

Billing could start next year for storm water fee in Champaign

CHAMPAIGN — City officials are working toward finalizing the details of a proposed storm water fee after it cleared its first real bout of resistance this week.

Its next test will be in April, when the city council will be presented with a contract to hire a consultant to start collecting data on city properties so officials know how much to charge homeowners and businesses.

Aldermen to discuss garbage, yard waste fees again

DANVILLE — Aldermen will try again Tuesday night to reach a consensus on garbage and yard waste fees for the next five years.

Report has good news on C-U water supply

CHAMPAIGN — It turns out that the Mahomet Aquifer, the enormous underground water source for Champaign-Urbana and other area communities, is even more enormous than previously believed.

A study of the aquifer, undertaken by the Illinois State Water Survey, finds that at current use rates, there would be more than enough water to meet demand even 40 years from now.

Wind farm request pulled from county board agenda

DANVILLE — A permit for a second wind turbine farm in Vermilion County was pulled from the Vermilion County Board's meeting agenda Tuesday night.

The board was set to consider approving a permit that would give International Power America Inc., which merged with France-based GDF Suez, the go-ahead to build a 43-turbine wind farm west of Rossville.

Champaign officials look at reining in use of plastic bags

CHAMPAIGN — Officials are beginning to explore ways to bag "urban tumbleweed" by making plastic bags a thing of the past and maybe help the environment at the same time.

State bills aim to control 'fracking' to extract natural gas

SPRINGFIELD — Two local lawmakers are promoting legislation to regulate the process of hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," a controversial method used to extract natural gas from deep underground deposits of shale.

County board OKs helping pay for possible landfill PCB fight

URBANA — Champaign County Board members Thursday agreed to spend up to $14,000 in county funds in a potential intergovernmental fight to keep PCBs out of a landfill in Clinton.

The vote was 21-3, with the no votes coming from Republicans Diane Michaels and Stan James and Democrat Pattsi Petrie. Board Chair C. Pius Weibel abstained and rural Republican Steve Moser was absent.

Residents have two chances to speak up on new stormwater fee in Champaign

CHAMPAIGN — The city's proposed stormwater utility fee continues to make its way toward appearing on property owners' bills, and residents can attend two upcoming meetings to learn more about it.