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.

Campus bike riding at an all-time high

URBANA — Jake Benjamin rides his bike 2.5 miles to work at the University of Illinois year-round, rain or shine.

The manager of the Campus Bike Center enjoys the convenience, the exercise — and saving money.

"It's a lot cheaper than a car," he said, "and it's a lot quicker to get around campus."

Thousands of others agree, based on the most recent campus bike census.

Letter from Birdland: Cozy days have returned

This morning in Birdland, the wind was blowing from the wrong direction. The low clouds were heavy and gray. Trash came tumbling across the field, and the chicken coop door kept blowing closed, shutting the hens and turkeys out, so they laid their eggs in secret nests who knows where, and they couldn't get in to drink their water and eat their food.

Champaign park board weighing increase in fee for flower islands

CHAMPAIGN — The Champaign park board is considering increasing the fees to participate in the district's popular flower-island program.

The program is a way that local businesses partner with the park district to add splashes of color to help beautify the community.

Entertainment listings, Oct. 26-Nov. 2, 2017


This weekend


What: Champaign County Home and Community Education (HCE) members will display their handcrafted projects for judging for the State Conference March 2018. Guest speakers are Bonnie Smith, Illinois Homemakers Camp, and Karen Cunningham, motivational speaker. Public invited.

When: 10 a.m. Oct. 26.

Tests of Mahomet's water supply show no natural gas

MAHOMET — A test of two samples from Mahomet's drinking-water supply performed after a natural-gas leak near the village showed no evidence of the gas or its indicators, the village board was told Tuesday night.

Champaign manufacturing plant wins 2017 Illinois Sustainability Award

CHAMPAIGN — A manufacturing facility in Champaign that makes plastic caps was awarded the 2017 Illinois Sustainability Award.

The award has been handed out to Illinois organizations since 1987 by the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center.

Top of the Morning, Oct. 25, 2017

The envelope — with a $600 check tucked inside — arrived Monday at Dickinson High School outside Houston. It was an out-of-the-blue donation courtesy of Tuscola High's student council, which used donation jars at home football and volleyball games to raise money.

Attorney general suing Chicago gas company over Mahomet leak

MAHOMET — Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has filed suit against Peoples Gas over an underground natural-gas leak that has affected water wells north of Mahomet.

Madigan filed the complaint and motion for preliminary injunction in Champaign County Circuit Court in connection with a leak at the company's underground storage facility.