Danville zoning laws: Changes would allow chicken, goat raising

DANVILLE — Chickens and goats, but not roosters, may be coming to Danville later this year if newly drafted zoning laws survive scrutiny from residents and city officials.

City Planner Cole Jackson said the poultry part is the "most questionable" of proposed zoning changes that promote a variety of urban agricultural uses within the city.

Environmental Almanac: Plenty of reasons for hope in our area

If you're looking for inspiration and energy this month — and who's not? — let me call your attention to the state of the environmental community in central Illinois and some of the ways it has flourished over the past year.

Prairie Rivers Network, where I'm a board member and long-time volunteer, celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2017, and it's currently stronger than ever before.

Letter from Birdland: Bear tales

When Michael and I set off from Birdland at 3:30 a.m., the car thermometer said -4 degrees. We were headed to the mountains of Virginia to spend a few days with Babs and Jack.

Getting Personal: Dan Olson

Each week, we offer a Q&A with a local personality. Today, 45-year-old Champaign resident DAN OLSON, who has had several jobs as a botanist and administrator with the Champaign County Forest Preserve District and the Champaign Park District, chats with staff writer Paul Wood.

Illinois Bicentennial: Coal's bleak future

Belleville News-Democrat

Louis Joliet and Pere Marquette, returning from an expedition on the Mississippi River in 1673, were the first explorers to notice the combustible material that would shape the Illinois economy. The coal just sat there on the surface like low-hanging fruit near Utica along the Illinois River.

Forest preserve district hoping you'll see stars at Middle Fork

PENFIELD — Growing up in the middle of farm country in northern Champaign County, far from street lights or anything that interferes with a view of the sky, Matt Kuntz didn't think much about being able to see lots of stars and constellations on any clear night.

You can't tell now, but December, all of 2017 were warmer than normal

Given the brutal cold during the last eight days of December, it's hard to imagine this: Temperatures last month in Champaign-Urbana were above average.

They were for the year, too.

A fresh blanket of outdoor opportunities

Now that the temperatures have started climbing upward again, it's time to look for something that burns holiday calories more than making snowmen and snow angels.

Entertainment listings, Jan. 4-11, 2018


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C-U Public Health District urges homeowners to test for radon

CHAMPAIGN — Ever tested your home for radon? The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District encourages that, and is now making test kits available for the public.