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.

Area lawmakers' bill targets Clinton landfill

MONTICELLO — Area lawmakers are hoping to pass a bill this spring that would allow any area county to block the disposal of hazardous wastes at a landfill in DeWitt County.

Expo aims to 'help people go green'

CHAMPAIGN — City officials have organized an expo this month at the Champaign Public Library to showcase the community's green-minded non-profits and to gather feedback on a plan that will lead the city to be more environmentally friendly in the future.

Update on FutureGen 2.0

The FutureGen Alliance and the Department of Energy continue to pursue building FutureGen 2.0 by upgrading a power plant in Meredosia and transporting carbon emissions to an underground site east of Jacksonville in Morgan County. Here's more:

Tuscola officials confident they have what it takes the next time a company comes calling

TUSCOLA — Tuscola might have been unsuccessful 4 1/2 years ago attracting the $1 billion-plus FutureGen power plant.

But the pursuit may have a happy ending after all as various investors have shown interest in building an industrial plant there instead.

FutureGen through the years

A timeline of events related to FutureGen:

Jan. 28, 2003

President George W. Bush proposes the concept of a near zero-emissions coal-fueled power plant during his State of the Union address.

March 7, 2006

More about deep underground storage of carbon dioxide

One method for reducing the amount of carbon dioxide — a major contributor to global warming, according to scientists — is to inject the gas deep underground for long-term storage.

Three types of subsurface formations can be used — all of which exist in the Illinois Basin (encompassing most of Illinois, southwestern Indiana and western Kentucky):

Electronics-recycling event set

DANVILLE — Wondering what to do with your old answering machine, outdated VCR player or that laptop that just died?

You can dispose of them and other obsolete or unwanted electronic items properly at an electronics-recycling event, 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. April 21 at Bryant Industries, 1406 Warrington Ave., west of Danville.

Sustainability advocate to speak at UI

URBANA — Sustainability advocate Majora Carter is scheduled to speak on the University of Illinois campus on April 19.

Carter, producer and host of the public radio show "The Promised Land," is slated to speak at 5:30 p.m. at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, 1205 W. Clark St., U.

Rankin regulates wind turbines near town

RANKIN — The village board has passed an ordinance to regulate the construction of wind turbines on farmland immediately outside Rankin's corporate limits.

The ordinance, approved 6-0 last Thursday, amends Rankin's zoning code to give the village regulatory authority over commercial and private wind turbines within 1 1/2 miles of the town.