Urbana landscape facility to be closed Friday morning

URBANA — Because of road resurfacing, Urbana's Landscape Recycling Center, 1210 E. University Ave., will be closed from 8 a.m. to noon Friday. The center plans to reopen at noon and remain open until 4 p.m. If it rains, the work will be done between 8 a.m. and noon Saturday.

Weather giving Danville's water a bit of a stench

DANVILLE — The heat, humidity and lack of rain are affecting the city's water supply.

Bob Ervin, area manager for Aqua Illinois in Danville, said the high temperatures combined with a lack of rainfall in recent weeks have created the right conditions for the increase of algae in Lake Vermilion, which provides the city's water supply.

Champaign council supports stricter EPA rules

CHAMPAIGN — The city council on Tuesday approved a resolution showing its support for the ongoing Illinois Environmental Protection Agency proposal to add stricter rules to guide property owners in their cleanups of toxic sites.

Champaign vote scheduled on resolution in support of IEPA

CHAMPAIGN — As the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency moves toward adding vapor regulations to its suggested methodology for cleaning up toxic sites, the city council this week is scheduled to vote on a resolution showing its support for the IEPA steps.

Crops are tougher than lawns, but they're starting to get stressed

ROSSVILLE — While walking through a patch of sweet corn recently, Toby Brown pulled off an ear of corn and instead of snapping like a crisp stalk of celery, it broke like a rubbery, wimpy carrot.

It's been 20 days since his crop received any measurable rain. And the nights are not providing enough relief from the heat, either.

Some in Ford County feel concerns about wind farms aren't heard

PAXTON — Tom Harrison's 3-acre property east of Paxton could soon be surrounded by 400-foot-tall wind turbines, and he isn't real excited about the change in scenery.

Iroquois County township sets tougher wind restrictions

GILMAN — After the Iroquois County Board adopted the largest known setback for wind turbines in Illinois, one of its townships decided to adopt an even larger setback.

Garden of the Week: Mary Sandwell

Mary Sandwell has created a colorful and lush respite in her Urbana backyard.

Ameren near bottom for customer satisfaction

PEORIA — Ameren Illinois, the major utility for downstate Illinois, finished 106th of 124 utilities in a ranking based on customer satisfaction by J.D. Power and Associates.