Letter from Birdland | Sharing a love of planting

In Birdland, we've had a dizzying progression of seasonal changes. Warm and sunny weather followed by snow and back again to springtime.

Illinois' congressional delegation joins Gov. Rauner's plea for flood relief

WASHINGTON — Illinois' congressional delegation on Friday joined Gov. Bruce Rauner in asking for federal assistance in the aftermath of February flooding in three East Central Illinois counties.

Earth Day 2018 will put focus on plastics

On April 22, more than a billion people in 192 countries will celebrate the 48th annual Earth Day.

Earth Day serves as a platform for people to collaborate and discuss ways to improve our planet.

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This weekend


Looming decisions on coal-ash ponds put Middle Fork on group's endangered list

OAKWOOD — Along with legendary American waterways like the Rio Grande, the Middle Fork River in East Central Illinois is garnering national attention for making a national top 10 list — but not for its natural beauty.

Volunteers brave cold for Boneyard Creek cleanup

Hundreds of volunteers — some wearing orange Boneyard Creek cleanup T-shirts over their coats — pulled litter and invasive plants from the Champaign waterway and other local sites Saturday morning, as part of the 13th Boneyard Creek Community Day.

Letter from Birdland | Ridding fields of rocks was a blast

In Birdland, the gray sky is sending down a solemn drizzle. I don't know when the mud will dry out enough for Jim and Sean to get in the fields to plant.

For now, I can still look out to the west and see my Uncle David's big rock. It sits on the fence line on his side of the fence, but he lets me walk down the access lane to visit it. It is massive, and warm when the sun shines on it.

Top of the Morning, April 7, 2018

On March 16, signs were posted on a several trees just to the west of the PNC Bank building in downtown Champaign.


It didn't take long for passersby to notice and take their curiousity — and, in some cases, concern — to social media.

As a result, the signs were removed this week. Soon, the wiring in the trees will come down, too.

State giving Eagle Creek resort on Lake Shelbyville another shot

SPRINGFIELD — State officials are giving the Eagle Creek Resort on Lake Shelbyville at least one more shot at rebirth.

Butterfly exhibit joins Vermilion County Fair lineup

DANVILLE — For more than 40 years, Rick White has been involved, in some way, with the Vermilion County Fair.

"It's pretty simple for me. The only reason I'm there is for the kids," said White, of Alvin, who's president of the fair board.

The kids are the reason he jumped at the chance to bring a new feature — a butterfly exhibit — to the Vermilion County Fair, June 20-24.