Water mains in Rantoul to be flushed

RANTOUL — The village's Public Works Department will begin flushing water mains this week and the weeks of May 20 and 27.

The system flushing will occur Sunday through Thursday nights, 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Due to the varying length of times required to flush the system and the potential for weather delays, specific areas will not be designated as to the date and time for flushing.

Iroquois County resident diagnosed with rodent-spread disease

WATSEKA — The Illinois Department of Public Health reported on Friday evening that an Iroquois County resident has been diagnosed with hantavirus pulmonary syndrome.

The syndrome is a disease spread by rodents, according to the report.

Concerns voiced over coal mine proposal

HOMER - Several local citizens joined Prairie Rivers Network officials Thursday morning in Homer to voice concerns that a proposed coal mine southeast of the village could threaten the quantity and quality of underground water supplies in the area and the nearby Salt Fork River.

Senators oppose PCB permit for Clinton landfill

CLINTON — U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin on Thursday said there are safer options for the disposal of toxic waste than in Clinton Landfill, and he has asked the EPA to consider the potential consequences of dumping harmful chemicals above the Mahomet Aquifer.

Bring out your dead electronics

CHAMPAIGN — The first Champaign County residential electronics recycling event of the year will be Saturday morning at The News-Gazette distribution center.

Aquifer bill faces more amendments, moves to different committee

SPRINGFIELD — Legislation restricting the dumping of hazardous wastes at a landfill in Clinton stalled Wednesday as it was moved to another House committee and with the prospect of more amendments to come.

Stores to recycle some electronics

CHAMPAIGN — Staples Inc. and Hewlett-Packard recently announced they will offer free electronics recycling at Staples stores nationwide.

The recycling program accepts all brands of:

— Desktop computers, laptops, netbooks and tablet PCs.

— Printers, desktop copiers and fax machines.

— Keyboards, mice and PC speakers.

— Shredders, streaming devices and phones.

Aquifer-protection bill might get hearing soon

SPRINGFIELD — A bill that would allow any area county to block the disposal of hazardous wastes at a landfill in Clinton could get a hearing before an Illinois House committee next week.

Talks seek acquisition of White Hall for demolition

RANTOUL — The village is in negotiations with the owners of White Hall on the former Chanute Air Force Base to clear the way for demolition of the mammoth structure.

Dropoffs scheduled for expired medicines

CHAMPAIGN — Prescription and over-the-counter drugs you once bought and didn't use don't just take up extra space in your medicine cabinet.

They can be safety hazards that even careful families have failed to consider.