CHAMPAIGN — Most people leave the safety of their drinking water in the hands of a local utility.
But for the 15 percent of Americans who depend on their own private wells, a safe drink of water requires some effort and understanding some basics about how wells work, experts say.
HOMER - A boil order for the village of Homer has been lifted.
Village Clerk Sharon Jeffers said the order to boil water for drinking was lifted about 8:30 a.m. Friday after four different water samples were found to be fine.
A drop in pressure in the water system about 7:30 a.m. Thursday necessitated the order, Jeffers said.
Glowing can get you dates, hide you from a predator or snare you prey — depending on which species you hang out with.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Rob Kanter is away this week, but he sent this piece from Urbana resident John Palen, who taught for 26 years at Central Michigan University, where he was a professor and chairman of the journalism department.
KEMPTON — The race to build Ford County's second wind farm is picking up speed.
HOMER — With treated water and sewer services agreed to, Sunrise Coal now moves on to securing a source for hundreds of thousands of gallons of raw water per day for its proposed Bulldog coal mine.
CLINTON — Exelon Corp.'s Clinton nuclear plant returned to full power Sunday, three days after an automatic shutdown due to a fuse failure, the company said.
Exelon said the unit shut down at 8 a.m. Thursday when the main generator tripped offline. The trip resulted from the failure of a fuse, which has since been replaced.
HOMER - Two weeks after denying the sale of treated water and sewer services to Sunrise Coal, the Homer village board passed the agreement by just one vote Monday night, to the dismay of some trustees and residents who spoke out against the process that brought the issue back to the board.
Updated 10:59 p.m. Sunday.
Updated 8:09 p.m. Sunday.
TUSCOLA - A broken water main in Tuscola has been fixed, but the city remains under a boil order until further notice.
Say, for the moment, you're an Illinoisan who owns property under which rests a viable source of shale gas. That's the type of natural gas that's become economically viable in recent years, thanks to developments in processes and technology for high-pressure hydraulic fracturing, aka fracking. And say you're gung-ho to get your gas out of the ground and onto the market.