Federal grant to help Champaign nonprofits with energy efficiency

CHAMPAIGN – Some city nonprofit agencies could become more energy efficient with help from federal funds passed down through the city of Champaign.

Champaign received $763,200 from the Department of Energy's energy efficiency and conservation block grant this year, and city officials designated $100,000 of that to give free energy audits to nonprofit groups.

Champaign council approves 5-year $1.56 million contract for multifamily recycling

CHAMPAIGN – The city council on Tuesday night took another step toward its planned multifamily home recycling program, which is scheduled to begin toward the end of this year.

With its low bid of $1,558,200 during the next five years, or $311,640 annually, Allied Waste Transportation won the city contract to collect a list of recyclable items at multi-unit complexes.

Proposed mine has some wary in Champaign, Vermilion counties

DANVILLE – Indiana-based Sunrise Coal LLC continues to explore the possibility of a new mine in East Central Illinois, seeking mineral rights leases with landowners in Champaign and Vermilion counties.

I.D.E.A. Store will open three days a week to start

CHAMPAIGN – The I.D.E.A. Store is scheduled to open in late September, and it will initially be open three days a week.

Half of samples from Clinton Lake show no toxicity, others show low levels

CLINTON – Tests of samples taken last week of water at Clinton Lake by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency indicate low levels of toxicity, but state officials still recommend the public avoid recreational activities – including swimming, ingesting water and water skiing – in areas of the lake where algae blooms have been detected.

Federal grant to fund nutrient-runoff study in Upper Salt Fork

A $750,000 federal grant will fund a project that aims to reduce and monitor nutrient runoff in the Upper Salt Fork area in northeast Champaign County.

Residents remain concerned over spill along railroad tracks in Danville

DANVILLE - The CSX Railroad and Double S Liquid Feed Service have done some cleanup of spilled molasses and other debris along railroad ditches near the Boys and Girls Club in Danville, according to Illinois Environmental Protection Agency officials. But residents say the ditches are still full of liquid and they've seen the removal of nothing but old railroad ties.

Businesses fill void left by Vermilion County decision to drop recycling

DANVILLE – Every week, an Arnold's Office Supply employee takes a load of corrugated cardboard to Advantage Recycling instead of throwing the waste away.

"We don't want to just throw it in our Dumpster where it would just go in the landfill," said Sarah Stuhr, owner of Arnold's Office Supply, 3716 N. Vermilion St., Danville.

Beardsley Avenue shooting under investigation

CHAMPAIGN – Champaign police are investigating a shooting that occurred early Wednesday morning in the 500 block of West Beardsley Avenue.

A police report said just before 2 a.m., several shots were fired into a residence where five people were present, including a 64-year-old woman and four teens.

Champaign recycling drop-off center moves around the corner

CHAMPAIGN – The city's recycling drop-off center this weekend will close for one day and open in a new location around the corner.

The site, now accessible from Hagan Street to the west side of the former Meadow Gold building at 1701 Kenyon Road, will close on Friday.