DANVILLE — On Tuesday, Danville city officials and aldermen will wade back into the emotionally charged issue of what to do with two city-owned lowhead dams, one on the Vermilion River and the other on the North Fork of the Vermilion.
Both dams have been the site of drownings in the last 20 years.
DANVILLE — In less than two days last week, the endangered mussel population in the Vermilion River system increased by 1,000.
At 3:52 p.m. Saturday, the National Weather Service radar was tracking a strong thunderstorm near Rantoul moving east at 20 mph. Penny-size hail and winds around 50 mph are expected.
Locations impacted include Rantoul, Thomasboro, Gifford, Ogden, Potomac, Fithian, Dewey, Flatville, Penfield, Royal, the Middle Fork Wildlife area and Collison.
RANTOUL — A member of the Chanute Restoration Advisory Board told those attending this month's quarterly meeting that Agent Orange was present at one time on base.
The National Weather Service reports that an extended period of hot weather is expected in central Illinois this week.
According to the weather service, a large area of high pressure over the central United States is expected to produce an extended period of hot weather over central and southeast Illinois.
A few weeks back, my daughter, Jane, who begins life as a UI student this week, was contemplating her move into Allen Hall on campus. I half-jokingly suggested going by bike, since that's how she's used to getting around town.
A group of property owners in East Central Illinois said it plans to appeal the decision by the Illinois Commerce Commission on the Ameren Transmission line.
Commissioners approved the line on Tuesday. It'll run from Missouri to Indiana, passing through Coles, Douglas, Edgar, Moultrie and Piatt Counties.
CHICAGO — The Illinois Commerce Commission has approved, with some changes, Ameren Transmission's proposed high-voltage transmission line across central Illinois.
DANVILLE — Wildlife veterinarian Matt Allender has been spending some extra time in Vermilion County parks this month after discovering several dead turtles that have tested positive for ranavirus.
"I'm still holding out hope that it's a random occurrence," said Allender, who is also a clinical assistant professor of comparative biosciences at the University of Illinois.
On the chance you missed it, earlier this summer the Champaign City Council gave staff the go-ahead to revise the municipal code to allow residents to keep a certain number of hens at home. The change was motivated by a citizen effort led in part by Karen Carney, a longtime resident of the city, who also happens to be my longtime spouse.