Villa Grove boil order likely to last through weekend

VILLA GROVE — A boil order that was issued on Tuesday likely won't be lifted until Monday, city officials warned.

The order affects water customers in Villa Grove and the village of Camargo. The cause: the discovery of midge fly larvae in the water treatment system.

Boil order issued for Villa Grove, Camargo

A boil order has been issued for the city of Villa Grove and the village of Camargo, until further notice, due to the discovery of midge fly larvae in the water treatment system (which are harmless to humans).
To alleviate this issue, clear wells will be flushed, water towers will be overflowed and high chlorine will be added to the water.

Rob Kanter: Innovations sprout at Tanglefoot Ranch

One day in the spring of 2011, Grover Webb was out discussing a new project on his farm with Jeff Kindhart, a University of Illinois research specialist based at the Dixon Springs Agricultural Center.

As Kindhart's gaze came to rest on a gently sloping pasture nearby, he said, "Grover, that's the best peach orchard site I've ever seen in southern Illinois."

Southern Illinois: Fabulous field trip

In recent weeks, University of Illinois undergraduates in an Earth, Society, and Environmental Sustainability field trip class traveled to southern Illinois, with visits to Garden of the Gods Recreation Area in the Shawnee National Forest, Heron Pond, a nature preserve in the Cache River State Natural Area and Tanglefoot Ranch, a diversified farm in Pope Coun

Dan Corkery: The emerald ash borer is here to stay

One group finds Illinois a great place to live: the emerald ash borer.

That's the half-inch-long metallic-green bug — an invasive species from Asia — that feeds on the leaves of ash trees and lays its eggs on the bark. After those eggs hatch, the larvae chew their way beneath the bark to get to the food they really want.

Mayors past, present sign deal

CHAMPAIGN — Former Mayor Don Gerard was back in the Champaign City Building on Wednesday, signing off on a recently settled consent decree between the Clinton Landfill and a number of local governments and officials.

Gerard was mayor at the time the consent order was drafted, and was listed as one of its plaintiffs.

Updated climate plan aims higher

URBANA — New energy standards for building projects, fewer car trips and air travel, and the purchase of "carbon offsets" to meet emission goals are all part of the 2015 climate action plan

Rob Kanter: A field trip to part of the state that looks nothing like most of the state

One of the most enjoyable aspects of my work at the University of Illinois is teaching a one-credit-hour field course that runs during the first half of the fall semester.

Landfill deal wins final OK

MONTICELLO — The last governmental agency asked to approve a settlement with the owners of the Clinton Landfill Inc. did so Friday, ending a two-months-long process aimed at resolving legal issues between the landfill operators and a consortium of local governments.

Hydrants, water mains to be flushed

URBANA — Illinois American Water will begin its annual program of flushing water mains and hydrants throughout the Champaign County area next week and through the month.

Flushing will begin Monday, said Karen Cotton, manager of external affairs for the Peoria-based company. It will take place between 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.