Jakobsson fracking moratorium bill clears committee

SPRINGFIELD — House Democrats rammed through legislation, with eight hours remaining in the spring session, to impose on two-year moratorium on horizontal hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas in Illinois.

Dogs help researchers track turtles

OAKWOOD — It's sunny and cool early Wednesday morning in a quiet, mostly empty campground at Kickapoo State Park.

Landfill legislation faces growing opposition

SPRINGFIELD — Mounting opposition has stalled a bill that would have prohibited the disposal of chemical PCBs at a landfill in Clinton that sits over the water supply source for Champaign-Urbana and dozens of other central Illinois communities.

Bill requiring fees for animal feeding operations goes to governor

SPRINGFIELD — A bill requiring so-called concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) to pay permit fees was approved by the Illinois Senate Tuesday and sent to Gov. Pat Quinn for his signature.

Forum to cover Clinton landfill permit request

URBANA — Officials will convene a public forum on Thursday (May 17) to inform locals about a pending application for a landfill in Clinton to bury chemical waste at a site above the Mahomet Aquifer, the source of central Illinois' drinking water.

The meeting is scheduled from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the auditorium at the Beckman Institute, 405 N. Mathews Ave., U.

Wind farm developer repairing roads as required

PAXTON — The developer of the Pioneer Trail Wind Farm near Paxton is making good on its contract to repair the 35 miles of township and county roads used to build the 94-turbine wind farm last fall.

As required by a road-use agreement with Ford and Iroquois counties, E.On Climate & Renewables recently began repairing the roads at the company's expense.

Water mains in Rantoul to be flushed

RANTOUL — The village's Public Works Department will begin flushing water mains this week and the weeks of May 20 and 27.

The system flushing will occur Sunday through Thursday nights, 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Due to the varying length of times required to flush the system and the potential for weather delays, specific areas will not be designated as to the date and time for flushing.

Iroquois County resident diagnosed with rodent-spread disease

WATSEKA — The Illinois Department of Public Health reported on Friday evening that an Iroquois County resident has been diagnosed with hantavirus pulmonary syndrome.

The syndrome is a disease spread by rodents, according to the report.

Concerns voiced over coal mine proposal

HOMER - Several local citizens joined Prairie Rivers Network officials Thursday morning in Homer to voice concerns that a proposed coal mine southeast of the village could threaten the quantity and quality of underground water supplies in the area and the nearby Salt Fork River.

Senators oppose PCB permit for Clinton landfill

CLINTON — U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin on Thursday said there are safer options for the disposal of toxic waste than in Clinton Landfill, and he has asked the EPA to consider the potential consequences of dumping harmful chemicals above the Mahomet Aquifer.