ICC members signal rehearing possible on Ameren line route

SPRINGFIELD — Two Illinois Commerce Commission members signaled Wednesday that consideration may be given to a rehearing on at least a portion of the proposed route for Ameren Transmission's high-voltage transmission line across Illinois.

The commission is scheduled to decide next Tuesday whether to adopt a draft order for the line, which would run from Quincy to Terre Haute, Ind.

Environmental Almanac: Turtle rescue yields surprise

Why did the turtle cross the road? Good question.

But the one that was headed north across University Avenue near Cunningham in Urbana during afternoon rush hour recently was fortunate that Sandra Mason noticed it when she did — then parked her car and ran back to grab it before it could be squashed by a less observant driver.

Monarchs mostly missing

Every summer, like seasonal clockwork, hundreds of monarch butterflies descend on the oh-so-alluring plants in Diane Schutz's garden in Catlin.

They cover her butterfly bush, their orange and black wings a stunning contrast to the dark fuchsia blossoms.

Sorting through the mystery of pesticide names

If someone offered you a contorted, sodium-chloride-encrusted, baked, ground-wheat product, would you accept it? Probably not, but if they said a "salted pretzel," their offer would be much more appealing. Names or phrases for items may be correct, but if they aren't in common usage, they can be as foreign as any second language.

Odor concerns hasten plans for rendering plant at Rantoul pork facility

RANTOUL — Construction of a $10 million rendering plant at Rantoul Foods pork processing facility could begin this winter and be completed by the fall of 2014.

Company officials outlined plans for the rendering plant at the Rantoul Village Board study session this week.

Some local storm drains to get artistic makeover

The Stormwater Coordinator at the University of Illinois is seeking artists to help educate people about local waterways by painting murals on storm drains.

Eliana Brown said the project's theme is stormwater management to encourage keeping creeks pollution-free.  She added that much of the stormwater in

Stormwater mural design deadline nears

URBANA — Saturday is the deadline for artists to apply to be chosen to create 12 "stormwater murals" for Champaign-Urbana.

The University of Illinois Stormwater Management Program is sponsoring the contest, with help from the Public Art League, Champaign County Design & Conservation Foundation and city of Champaign.

More than 200 at meeting opposing Ameren transmission line

TUSCOLA — More than 200 people, some of them Amish, turned out for a meeting aimed at keeping a high-voltage transmission line out of Douglas and Piatt counties.

In a survey of the audience, about 50 raised hands to indicate they lived within a mile of the proposed route and had not received a letter from the Illinois Commerce Commission notifying them of it.

Area legislators upset by federal agency's actions

Two area lawmakers are again blasting a federal agency for allowing Ameren a 12.38 percent return on equity for its high-voltage transmission line project.

State Sen. Chapin Rose, R-Mahomet, and state Rep. Adam Brown, R-Champaign, criticized the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for guaranteeing that much return on equity.

Power-line critics urge public to be at meeting

Gathering about plans to put line through Piatt, Douglas counties set today in Tuscola

TUSCOLA — With a public meeting scheduled here Thursday evening (Aug. 1) on a proposed Ameren high-voltage transmission line, an Arthur resident says he's concerned the proposed route will "destroy" a Native American living, hunting and burial site.

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