The coming weeks promise to be a whirlwind for Brian Sauder of Champaign. In early May, he will be licensed toward ordination in the Mennonite Church U.S.A., which means the church affirms his calling to minister on behalf of creation as a pastor.
Shortly thereafter, he will be awarded a master's in business administration from the University of Illinois College of Business.
DANVILLE — When the foot-thick ice on Raymond Calton's 1-acre pond finally thawed in March, many of the fish in it were floating — and dead.
"This was a bad year as far as freeze-up," Calton said as he waited Friday afternoon to pick up the hundreds of new fish he ordered to restock the pond on his property, off Henning Road in Vermilion County.
DANVILLE — The Vermilion County Sheriff's Department is giving the public a safe way to dispose of unused or expired prescription drugs or over-the-counter medications today.
Sheriff Pat Hartshorn said the department is participating in a Drug Enforcement Agency event called National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.
In anticipation of Earth Week, which begins today, I checked in with some of the people who are coordinating events on the University of Illinois campus.
Stephen Ritz calls himself an "insurgent educator," appropriate for the man who once brought a 22-foot snake into his classroom.
The janitor inadvertently let it out one day, and the school was closed for a week after it moved into the ceiling.
CHAMPAIGN — The city will begin tacking on to Ameren Illinois programs designed to help people make their homes more energy efficient.
DANVILLE — Danville has officially joined Champaign-Urbana and other central Illinois cities in the battle of the emerald ash borer.
HOOPESTON — The purchase of the Hoopeston Wind farm by Swedish furniture retailer IKEA will not delay construction on the 98-megawatt project that's expected to be operational early next year.
RANTOUL — Undertreated sanitary waste from the Rantoul Foods pork processing plant pretreatment facility is causing problems with the village of Rantoul's filtration of material running into the wastewater treatment plant.