Illinois House, Senate energy panels discuss Dynegy 'bailout' request

SPRINGFIELD — Opponents referred to a package of bills to benefit Texas-based energy company Dynegy Inc. as a "multimillion-dollar state of Illinois bailout" and urged Illinois lawmakers to act cautiously on the proposals.

Champaign council OKs two storm-water fee increases

CHAMPAIGN — Two 6 percent increases to the city's storm-water utility fee were approved Tuesday to help finance three drainage projects totaling $54.6 million.

Cities sticking to yard-waste schedule, even if leaves aren't

Typically, by now, there are more leaves on the ground than in the trees.

This fall, not so much.

"We're later by about a week in terms of the color change and retention," said Carol Augspurger, a University of Illinois professor of plant biology and chair of the Urbana tree commission.

Subdivision easily approves HOA in step toward reclaiming lakes

CHAMPAIGN — Members of a northwest Champaign subdivision voted to form a homeowners association Monday night, putting them closer to regaining ownership of two retention basins that the county auctioned off without their knowledge.

The next step in the saga, which began in May, comes with a choice — attempt to legally reverse the auction sale or buy the basins back.

Letter from Birdland: Immersed in the arts

Birdland has turned the corner of the year — a sharp one. It seems like yesterday we were too warm in the afternoons, and now I'm putting on layers and sweaters and wrapping scarves around myself — not for style, but warmth.

Parkland's planetarium, theater marking 30 years of reaching for stars

CHAMPAIGN — Stars of the universe and stars of the stage share a wing at Parkland College.

They share a birthday, too.

The planetarium and the Harold and Jean Miner Theatre at Parkland College are celebrating their 30th anniversary.

Champaign subdivision with lake issues to vote on creating HOA

CHAMPAIGN — Months of tension will come to a head Monday when residents of a northwest Champaign subdivision —  whose retention lakes were bought out from under them —  vote on the one measure that could get the basins back.

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This weekend


October clocks in as eighth-wettest on record

CHAMPAIGN — Last month was the eighth-wettest October in local weather history, with 6.31 inches of rain, nearly twice as much as the October average of 3.26 inches.

It was cold in the area, but only for a spell

Illinois State Climatologist Jim Angel said it got down to 31 degrees Monday morning in Champaign-Urbana, the lowest temperature this fall. It was the first time below freezing this season.

"We are actually about two weeks late this year," he said.

No worries, Angel said: Temperatures are expected to rise to the 40s today, 50s on Wednesday and 65 on Thursday.