Champaign opposes Clinton landfill expansion

CHAMPAIGN — City officials are joining the opposition to a proposed landfill expansion in Clinton that would store carcinogens known as PCBs and sit above the Mahomet Aquifer, from which East Central Illinois draws its drinking water.

Garden of the Week: Karen and Danny McCartney

Karen and Danny McCartney’s garden began as a demonstration garden for her father’s business, Bilek Greenhouses in Rantoul.  The business has since closed but the garden continues to grow.

Urbana plan commission delays cell tower decision

URBANA — The city's plan commission on Thursday night did not make a decision on a U.S. Cellular proposal to build a 150-foot cell tower on the campus of Urbana High School, but the discussion drew more disapproval from residents who do not want the structure in their sight lines.

Group blasts Champaign excavation; Ameren says work poses no risk

CHAMPAIGN — The health care advocacy group that has made itself a watchdog of the cleanup of the site of a former manufactured gas plant again found fault with the operation on Thursday.

New EPA rules on lead cancel Danville painting blitz

DANVILLE — There will not be a 15th year for the Provena United Samaritans Medical Center Foundation HALO Painting Blitz program.

Add glass to list for Danville recycler

DANVILLE — Web Innovations Technology Inc. in Danville is now accepting glass for recycling from both residents and businesses in Vermilion and surrounding counties.

The company, familiarly known as WITS, has been taking computer equipment and other electronics, plus newspapers, books and magazines, office paper, plastic, cardboard, tin and aluminum for some time.

UI scientist worried over lack of compliance with Bt rules

Millions of acres of corn are being planted around the state, and many of those acres will be planted with Bt corn, genetically modified corn that can kill insects that otherwise could have reduced corn yields.

But a University of Illinois scientist is worried that not enough farmers are following environmental guidelines that come with planting such corn.

Monticello opposes permit for PCBs at Clinton landfill

MONTICELLO — The city council went on the record opposing the Environmental Protection Agency's issuing a permit to the Clinton Landfill allowing its owners to store PCBs at the site.

Couple to air views on wind ordinance to Vermilion board

DANVILLE — Members of the Vermilion County Board will hear Thursday night from a Rankin-area couple who believe the county's wind turbine ordinance should be changed.

Vermilion County Board Chairman Jim McMahon said Darrell and Kim Cambron will make a presentation to the county board's executive committee.

Electronics recycling event is Saturday

CHAMPAIGN — The second of four countywide residential electronics collections this year will be held Saturday at The News-Gazette Distribution Center in north Champaign.