Champaign council approves refined designs for Neil Street corridor

CHAMPAIGN — The Champaign City Council on Tuesday approved a narrowed-down design plan for the Neil Street corridor renovation.

A $100,000 face-lift for the corridor, a roughly 1-mile stretch between Interstate 74 and downtown, was approved by the city council last June and will be implemented long term over the next several years. Ratio Architects is at the project's helm.

Letter from Birdland: Beware of the terrible ...turkey?

It's a gray day in Birdland, but the chickens were still happy to be let out of the coop after being stuck inside for so many bitter cold days. The three aged hens ran (yes, ran!) into the yard, necks outstretched, their fluffy bodies rocking to and fro with each step.

Environmental Almanac: Some good reasons to head outside

At this time in February, I have to remind myself of two things: Winter doesn't last forever, and there are outdoor activities to enjoy even while it remains.

Weekend Planner: The reel deal

If you are an angler, boater or hunter who is suffering from cabin fever, this weekend's Central Illinois Outdoor Expo in Arthur is worth checking out. The seventh annual exhibition, billed as the area's premier outdoor show celebrating hunting, fishing and outdoor fun, runs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. today at the Otto Center on County Line Road just south of downtown Arthur.

Entertainment listings, Feb. 8-15, 2018


Next week


What:Show off your knowledge of love songs, quotes, and famous couples. Prizes awarded for the winner of each of the six rounds, whoever has the best, library-friendly team name, and a grand prize awarded to the most knowledgeable team. Play in teams of one to four people. For adults.

When: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 14.

Two shuttered landfills may soon have brighter future

URBANA — Defunct landfills leaching chemicals have never been prime real estate for development. But Illinois' new Future Energy Jobs Act may soon change that across the state, including in Urbana.

Packed with incentives for solar and wind projects, the legislation passed last year has developers targeting the wide-open acres atop old landfills for potential solar-array projects.

Travel/Mississippi River: The eagles have landed


Illinois Bicentennial: State rich in Native American heritage

(Arlington Heights) Daily Herald

Centuries ago, Illinois was home to the largest and most influential city in what would become the United States, rivaling the size of European cities at the time.

Letter from Birdland: An Art adventure in the Windy City

In Birdland, this morning bloomed bright, clear and cold. When I went out to the coop this morning, I could only find five of the eight pullets. (I bought them as pullets, but I'm pretty sure one of them is a cockerel. Sometimes that happens.)

UI's Wildlife Medical Clinic helping injured visitor avoid missing flight

URBANA — An injured snowy owl that was likely hit by a vehicle has a long road to recovery, according to her caretakers at the University of Illinois Wildlife Medical Clinic.