Champaign council looking at options for possible bike-share system

CHAMPAIGN — A bike-sharing system may be rolling its way into town — without public docking stations in tow.

Next week, the city council will hear initial options for launching a bike-share system unlike one in Chicago, where riders return bikes they rent to a limited number of parking stations in the city.

UI professor's Paper 2 Tree project aims to grow an academic forest

A University of Illinois professor is encouraging his colleagues to give back to their communities — trees included.

Mattia Gazzola, assistant professor in UI's Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering, just launched Paper 2 Tree — a project for UI researchers to fund local tree planting and provide educational outreach once their papers get published.

Entertainment calendar, Nov. 23-30, 2017


This weekend


What: Urbana High School Student Senate hosts a dinner with all the trimmings for those who are in need of a warm, comfortable environment to spend their Thanksgiving. Reservations are not needed, but call ahead for a ride.

When: 5 to 7 p.m. Nov. 23.

Letter from Birdland: Every dog has a superpower

It was a simple meal: a quarter of a baked butternut squash. The bulb end, so I could drop a pat of butter to melt into the bowl where I had scooped out the seeds before baking.

Alone for the evening, I had work to do, so I took my meal at my desk. I settled in to my writing and my supper, when Ursula raised the alarm.

Wired In: Keilin Jahnke

Each week, staff writer Paul Wood chats with a high-tech difference-maker. This week, meet KEILIN JAHNKE, a Ph.D. student in agricultural and biological engineering at the University of Illinois.

Entertainment listings, Nov. 16-23, 2017


This weekend


What: Free horse and carriage rides, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Have your picture taken with Santa! Over 30 vendors from seasonal decor to baked goods. Coffee, hot chocolate, donuts, breakfast and lunch provided by food vendors. Shop at the local village shops. Brochures and maps available day of event.

Letter from Birdland: A good time to take a break

The frost teases us in Birdland. It caught about 90 percent of my basil, but a few stalks are still bravely green. I'm going to go out today and cut it and the rest of the parsley, oregano, thyme and marjoram for one last herb frittata.

Methane found in two more Mahomet-area private wells

MAHOMET — A Peoples Gas representative said Friday that "trace amounts" of methane gas were found in two more private wells near a leak that occurred about 6 miles north of Mahomet last December.

That brings to seven the number of private wells that had confirmed levels of methane.

Chicago gas utility now looking at 11 affected water wells near Mahomet

CHAMPAIGN — Chicago-based Peoples Gas now said it is looking at 11 private water wells with higher-than-normal levels of natural gas in the Mahomet area.

Entertainment listings, Nov. 9-16, 2017


This weekend


What: Get in the Christmas spirit while enjoying Christmas carols and samples of delicious Christmas goodies.

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 10 and 11, and noon to 5 p.m. Nov. 12.

Where: Main Street, downtown Arcola.

More info:Call 217-268-3576.