TUSCOLA – Representatives from Tuscola and Mattoon, back from a two-day meeting in Pittsburgh, say the sessions were helpful in explaining what the cities need to do to win the proposed FutureGen plant.
They reviewed the technical aspects of the environment work the cities have to do, said Brian Moody, director of Tuscola's economic development efforts. And they asked a lot of questions.
Your Web browser quits and interrupts your blissful surfing.
The video game that's currently dominating your life crashes just as you're about to wipe out the enemy forces and complete the penultimate level.
URBANA – Rain, even more than the recent heat wave, is being blamed for a drop in attendance at this year's Champaign County Fair.
Final figures have not been determined, but total attendance for the 154th fair was between 48,000 and 49,000, according to Champaign County Fair Manager Karen Duffin.
HUME – Shiloh High School's industrial technology program – the one that received national attention for making wood-framed glasses featured in "Vogue" and Martha Stewart's new magazine "Blue Print" – could be receiving a $1.5 million grant.
If it does, Mark Smith's shop program will become a learning center for other high schools in the area, and even some of the community colleges, nearby universities and industry workers.
A classical musician who went on to create the University of Illinois Jazz Band, John Garvey embraced Russian folk music and Balinese gamelan in his several lives.
The music professor emeritus died July 18 at age 85 in Maryland.
HOMER LAKE – Coming soon to a forest preserve near you – a wetlands.
The Champaign County Forest Preserve District is the only Midwestern agency to win a Five Star Restoration Challenge Grant from the National Association of Counties.
FISHER – They're scooping Japanese beetles up by the bucketsful in the Fisher area.
In pockets all over the state, the voracious iridescent beetles – the subject of environmental landmark publication "Silent Spring" by Rachel Carson – are driving homeowners and farmers crazy. They're stripping trees and flowers, they're clipping corn silks and they're doing significant economic damage to gardeners' food crops too.
When Allerton Park Foreman Larry Corum was growing up in Urbana in the 1950s, he remembers a long archway of elm trees that were planted through the University of Illinois campus.
When Dutch elm disease invaded East Central Illinois during that decade, Corum said, the disease killed most of the trees and destroyed the archway.
MAHOMET – Jim Gallivan looked across the larger of two lakes at the River Bend Forest Preserve on Saturday and could see the piles of sand and gravel that were his livelihood for decades.
"It's really a good day," said the 81-year-old Champaign man, who along with the family of his late business partner, Harold O'Neil of Danville, donated the land for the first forest preserve to be opened in Champaign County in more than 20 years.
CHAMPAIGN – Seed companies have become a hot commodity as biotechnology giants seek more ways to get their crop-genetics technology to market.
During the last decade, Monsanto Co. acquired Asgrow and DeKalb Genetics. DuPont absorbed Pioneer Hi-Bred. And Syngenta acquired NK, Garst and Golden Harvest seeds.