Monticello's Bruce Hannon Levee Trail is ready for hikers

Nestled just past Monticello's golf course and back along the Sangamon River is the scenic and unique Bruce Hannon Levee Trail, which will host a grand opening from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday that will include a ribbon cutting, guided tours and visiting politicians.

Middlefork School's greenhouse revival starting to bear fruit

DANVILLE — When Monica Campbell took over as principal of Middlefork School in 2015, she was excited to learn of the greenhouse on site and began imagining the educational possibilities that could go along with it.

Then, she learned why it hadn't been used the past seven or so years — broken heating, cooling and watering systems, among other things, and no money to fix them.

Ameren showcases continent's most advanced 'microgrid' on UI campus

CHAMPAIGN — Ameren Illinois officials may have chosen the perfect day Wednesday to show off their new $5 million Technology Applications Center on the southwest edge of the University of Illinois campus.

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This weekend


What: All proceeds going to American Cancer Society. Half-price sale and $2 a bag starting at 11 a.m. May 20.

When: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 19 and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 20.

Where: 1505 W. Charles St., C.

More info: Email jill@champaignrelay.org or call 979-1504.

Just 1 Question: VCCD's Outdoor School

What could be better than spending one of the last weeks of the school year in the great outdoors?

Fourth-graders from St. Joseph Grade School are getting to do just that this week at the Vermilion County Conservation District's Outdoor School at Kennekuk County Park and Forest Glen Preserve.

Tom Kacich: Love birds find happily ever after in St. Joseph eatery

Questions for Tom? Ask 'em here

This is kind of a love story, but it's also about good food and interesting drink and bicycles and family. You know, many of the great things of life.

Prairie Rivers Network marking 50th anniversary on Sunday

MONTICELLO — On Sunday, the Prairie Rivers Network will celebrate its 50th anniversary as well as the people whose successful opposition to the Army Corps of Engineers' proposed Oakley Reservoir on the Sangamon River gave it its start.

Crystal cleared: Makeover underway at Urbana's signature park

URBANA — It will take multiple years and multiple millions of dollars, but the Urbana Park District is ready to take on a major makeover of its oldest and largest property, Crystal Lake Park.

And the focus will be on the unaptly named Crystal Lake, the 9-acre, man-made body of water fed not by a spring or freshwater stream but by about 160 acres of mostly urban north Urbana runoff.

Letter from Birdland: A fantastic day of fellowship

In Birdland, the wind pummels the trees, and the rain fills the grass waterway, washing out some corn and forming a wide delta behind the Benson Timber.

And yet it rains. I know it will stop in the next few days, and the sun will come out, and we will be glad for the green grass, but today the dampness seeps into my bones.

Rob Kanter/Environmental Almanac: Group that saved Allerton still going strong

I discovered Allerton Park near Monticello when I came to Illinois as a graduate student in the Department of English more than 30 years ago. Immersed as we were in reading and writing and teaching, my friends and I prized the opportunity to clear our heads there by walking the trails in the natural areas and wandering among the formal gardens.