One hundred years ago, the Champaign Chamber of Commerce developed its own subdivision and, smart and forward-looking men they were, made sure that there was land for public use. The chamber of commerce donated eight lots to be used for a future public school.
They knew that close-by schools and parks would be an asset to a community and a neighborhood, not just in the early 1900s but 100 years later.
DANVILLE – Residents in Danville have until Saturday to express their opinion to city officials about whether they would like a curbside recycling program.
OAKWOOD – About 20 Oakwood Junior High students were going door to door Monday afternoon, asking residents if they want recycling and would pay a couple dollars for it.
DANVILLE – Next month, the city will be planting trees around town, and residents can boost the city's tree-planting efforts by getting involved in the Leaf A Legacy program.
Since 2003, the city's Pride Grows Program has offered individuals, businesses, organizations and others the opportunity to buy a Leaf A Legacy tree that's planted in a city park or other city property and marked with a plaque.
DANVILLE – Every day, Judge Michael Clary drives his 2001 Ford Ranger truck to work with the "check engine" light shining, but never "checks" his engine.
He's not worried.
His truck has no engine.
It also has no exhaust system, no gas tank and no radiator.
The truck looks like any other Ford Ranger, but runs on an electric motor and 24 six-volt golf cart batteries – six under the hood and 18 in the truck bed – that weigh about 65 pounds each. Open the gas cap door to fill 'er up, and there's an electrical plug.
The circuit judge bought the truck in March, gutted it, and from April to August spent most nights and weekends in his garage transforming it into an all-electric vehicle.
CHAMPAIGN – Too many rainy days are frustrating farmers and delaying the harvest this year.
But once crops are out of the field, it's possible this year's crop will be one of the biggest on record in East Central Illinois.
CHAMPAIGN – Over the next year, Champaign city officials, apartment building owners and waste haulers will be sorting out details to implement a multifamily recycling program.
At a city council meeting Tuesday, city leaders gave staff a green light to proceed with a recycling program that mirrors one in Urbana. The Champaign program is expected to be operating by next fall.
CHAMPAIGN – University of Illinois students will recycle if given the chance, supporters told the city council during a discussion of Champaign starting a recycling program for apartments and other multifamily properties.
"If you make the resource available, the students will use it," Cassie Carroll, a University of Illinois graduate and executive director with the Illinois Green Business Association, said at Tuesday night's city council meeting.
DANVILLE - This month, residents interested in a curbside recycling program in Danville will have the chance to fill out an online survey and indicate how much they would be willing to pay to have the service.
Residents will receive a message with their sanitary sewer and solid waste bills about how to access an online survey about recycling, said Public Works Director Doug Ahrens.
To the long list of contractors, vendors and other businesses awaiting payment from the state of Illinois, you can add state legislators and the people they do business with.
The owner of the building where state Rep. Bill Black, R-Danville, has his Danville office hasn't been paid since June. Same with the landlord of Democratic state Rep. Naomi Jakobsson's Champaign office. State Rep. Chapin Rose, R-Mahomet, said he had his trash-hauling service cut off for a number of days because of the nonpayment of bills.