Debate over wildlife park proposal isn't done

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.

Health officials urge collection of dead birds

PAXTON — The Ford County Public Health Department is asking for assistance from the public in the collection of dead birds found in the county.

Union Pacific sued over diesel spill near Sidney

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.

Volunteers sought for Lake Vermilion cleanup

DANVILLE — Volunteers are needed for the 13th annual Lake Vermilion Cleanup Day, set for 8 a.m. to noon Friday.

Landfill-waste measure on its way to governor

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 work should improve water quality

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.

State attorney general may step in on fuel cleanup

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.

Shorter timeline, carbon tax among proposed changes

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.

Ash borer efforts slowing other arbor work in Champaign

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.

Verification of Monticello recycling services urged

MONTICELLO — With some Monticello residents questioning whether garbage haulers are providing the required recycling service, city staff said it will need to start verifying that part of new waste hauling changes that went into effect last month.