State closes Kickapoo pond

OAKWOOD — Runoff into a pond at Kickapoo State Park has prompted state officials to close that body of water to the public and notify the Illinois attorney general's office for possible enforcement action.

Leaf-burning rules may be in wind for Tolono

TOLONO — Village officials are trying to decide how to deal with the issue of leaf burning.

After some residents complained about the smoke created, Tolono village board members this week discussed whether to ban leaf burning altogether or to restrict the times it's allowed.

River cleanup volunteers needed for North Fork

DANVILLE — Volunteers are needed to help clean up a stretch of the North Fork River that runs through Ellsworth Park on Saturday.

The cleanup is being sponsored by the city's Parks and Recreation Division and Keep Vermilion County Beautiful.

It will be held from 10 a.m. to noon during the annual Vermilion River Festival at the park, 100 Ellworth Ave., Danville.

Rules review won't delay wind farm applications

DANVILLE — Vermilion County officials don't plan to consider a moratorium on applications for wind-farm permits while a committee reviews rules regulating wind turbines.

Ivesdale seeks source of water problem

IVESDALE — The village's drinking water has levels of trihalomethanes (TTHMs) that exceed state standards, according to village engineer Tom Overmyer. 

The Illinois Environmental Protection Agence sent a letter notifying the village last month. The village then sent notices to customers in their water bills.

'Plight of Monarch' to be shown in Champaign

CHAMPAIGN — The East Central Illinois Master Naturalists and University of Illinois Extension will host a free screening of "Plight of the Monarch" at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the auditorium at 801 N. Country Fair Drive, C.

October event for electronics recycling canceled

URBANA — A planned countywide residential electronics collection event scheduled for Oct. 11 at Parkland College has been canceled.

Com 2 Recycling, the Carol Stream-based contractor for the event, asked to opt out of its agreement with Champaign County, according to a memo to county board members.

Environmental Almanac: Promising events coming right up

I hope your calendar for early fall isn't already full, because there are some really promising public events coming up, both on the UI campus and off.

Start Monday, 4 p.m., at the Alice B. Campbell Alumni Center with a free public talk by Dr. Meg Lowman, "Out on a Limb — the (Mid)Adventures of a Woman in Science."

Clinton Landfill appeal to proceed

An appeal over what types of waste can be dumped at the Clinton Landfill will move forward.

Opponents of coal mine gather tonight in Homer

HOMER — Opponents of a proposed underground coal mine southeast of Homer are holding an informational meeting Wednesday night (Sept. 3) to discuss concerns with Sunrise Coal's development plans and the state's mine permitting process.