MONTICELLO — The Illinois Attorney General's Office has filed a four-count lawsuit against the city of Monticello for reportedly pumping sewage through the streets during a 3-inch rainfall last July.
SULLIVAN — Big, spitting camels people should never get too close to, zebras that could suffer from sunburn, no guarantee that a wild animal wouldn't escape, the potential for injuries and lawsuits — and those are just some of the concerns a retired zookeeper has about allowing a zoo and wild animal park to open on a piece of farmland near Arthur.
PAXTON — The Ford County Public Health Department is asking for assistance from the public in the collection of dead birds found in the county.
URBANA — The Illinois attorney general's office filed a lawsuit Friday in Champaign County Circuit Court against Delaware-based Union Pacific Railroad after a train spilled diesel fuel near Sidney earlier this month.
DANVILLE — Volunteers are needed for the 13th annual Lake Vermilion Cleanup Day, set for 8 a.m. to noon Friday.
SPRINGFIELD — With little debate and no votes in opposition, the Illinois Senate has sent to Gov. Bruce Rauner a bill that prohibits the disposal of manufactured-gas-plant wastes at most landfills in Illinois.
LeROY — Residents should notice improvements to their water quality as recent filter media replacements have improved the water from hard to soft, according to water superintendent Cory Edgington.
Clearer water is a result of a complete replacement of softener resin that typically lasts 10-15 years and was on year 12 in LeRoy.
SIDNEY — Union Pacific says it's doing its part to clean up an estimated 2,000 gallons of diesel fuel that spilled into a creek that winds through Sidney 2-1/2 weeks ago.
Whether it's done enough, however, may ultimately be for Attorney General Lisa Madigan to decide.
URBANA — An internal carbon tax for big energy users and a shorter timeline for reaching "carbon neutrality" are two possibilities outlined in a draft climate action plan for the University of Illinois.
CHAMPAIGN — The city is falling behind on its pruning and removal services because of the continued problem with emerald ash borer, its acting forestry supervisor says.