County to join Clinton landfill protest

URBANA — Champaign County Board members voted Tuesday night to join in a possible legal challenge to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's decision to allow the disposal of PCBs at a landfill in Clinton.

The landfill sits atop the Mahomet Aquifer, which is the primary water source for much of central Illinois, including Champaign-Urbana.

Iroquois County hog farm fined for waste release

BUCKLEY — An Iroquois County swine facility has agreed to pay more than $81,000 in fines to the state for illegally discharging livestock waste into a rural creek in 2009.

Urbana residents have gotten hundreds of free energy audits

URBANA — Urbana homeowners have a few months left to get free energy audits for their homes before grants paying for them expire.

The city began a partnership with the Ameren Illinois ActOnEnergy program in August 2010 to provide free energy audits for single-family homes and provide financial assistance for homeowners who begin insulation and air/duct sealing projects.

Firm considers expansion of Rantoul enterprise zone to Gibson City

GIBSON CITY — One Earth Energy, an ethanol plant in Gibson City, is looking to have an enterprise zone in Rantoul extended all the way to Gibson City — a move that would allow the plant to use the zone's economic incentives to save costs on purchases and possibly expand.

Options for disposal of yard waste

Danville city administrators presented the following yard waste options to aldermen for discussion about the direction the program should go in the future.

Option A

Service cuts likely in Danville leaf collection

DANVILLE — It appears there will be a yard waste program next year but possibly one that uses a combination of service reductions and fee increases.

In October, aldermen shot down garbage rate fee increases that would generate new revenue partly to fund new capital that's necessary to continue the yard waste program.

Danville schedules two extra yard waste collections

DANVILLE — The city's special yard waste collection period will end this week, but two special collections are coming up for Christmas trees and extra holiday waste.

The weekly pickup of yard waste bags and toters by the city's solid waste division will stop on Friday, but the yard waste recycling facility at the Brickyard Landfill will remain open and continue accepting materials.

Officials hope for council direction on Danville yard waste collection

DANVILLE — The city's regular yard waste collection program ends for the year on Friday, but city officials are not sure what the program will look like when it restarts next year.

Ameren restores power in Champaign

UPDATED 2:52 p.m. Thursday.

CHAMPAIGN -- Ameren crews restored power to nearly 2,500 customers Thursday in Champaign in ZIP codes 61820 and 61821.

Ameren spokesman Leigh Morris said a conductor burned about 1:30 p.m. at the Kirby Avenue substation. Morris said a
a crew was making repairs on a damaged conductor when another conductor came loose and fell into another line,

Millions to be invested in energy efficiency at UI

SPRINGFIELD — The University of Illinois will invest millions into boosting the energy efficiency of its facilities and is hiring a firm to develop a plan for how it can meet climate-related goals, such as using more renewable fuels to power the Urbana campus.