Letter from Birdland: Our pollinators need more love

I wrote last week that I'd tell you more about my conversation with John Marlin, the curator of the prairie in front of the Archives Research Center, and ever since our conversation, I've noticed more and more little pockets of prairie on campus.

Environmental Almanac: UI program looks at why saving resources is 'wicked problem' for humanity

Can you save money for yourself and save the Earth at the same time?

That was the vexing challenge a group of high school students and incoming University of Illinois freshman faced earlier this summer as they participated in a classroom exercise conducted by Jonathan Tomkin, a colleague of mine in the UI School of Earth, Society, and Environment.

IDNR cutting deer permits

DANVILLE — The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is reducing the number of firearm deer hunting permits in some counties this year — including Champaign and Vermilion — and eliminating late winter hunting in 20 counties.

But some hunters believe those changes still aren't enough to deal with dramatic drop-offs in the state's deer harvest.

Quinn: Aquifer action on way

Governor was at UI campus for bill signing

URBANA — Further action to protect the Mahomet Aquifer — the source of drinking water for about 750,000 central Illinoisans — is imminent, Gov. Pat Quinn said Friday at a bill-signing on the University of Illinois campus.

That's cool: An atypical July

CHAMPAIGN — July is supposed to be the hottest month of the year in central Illinois.

Not this year.

The average temperature so far this month in Champaign is 70.4 degrees, or almost 5 degrees below the historical average of 75. It's also lower than last month's average temperature in Champaign-Urbana — 73.4 degrees.

Local energy initiative meeting goals

A local energy initiative has surpassed two of its goals, and officials are hoping for even better results going forward.

Sixty-two buildings are registered for the Urbana-Champaign Energy Star Challenge, and 28 have submitted documentation of their benchmark energy performance.  The goals for the competition were 50 buildings registered and 25 buildings benchmarked. 

Boil order issued for Ogden after E-coli detected

OGDEN — A boil order has been issued for the village of Ogden.

E-coli bacteria was found in the water supply on July 21, officials said.

Quinn seeks probe of Peoria landfill request for PCBs

SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois EPA is asking DeWitt County officials for more information in order to block the disposal of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) at a Clinton landfill.

Landfill concerns? Let Tom Kacich know about them here

California firm takes majority share of wind farm project

KEMPTON — A California company announced Tuesday it has secured majority ownership of the first phase of a wind farm to be built this summer in East Central Illinois.

Top of the Morning, July 14, 2014: From the archives

Things were never great for the Boneyard, apparently.

"From earliest accounts in the early 1800s, it was agreed that there were piles of bones all along the banks," says a 1998 bibliography by Patricia Gobert at the Illinois State Water Survey Library. "An exposed Indian burial ground or a hunting site? According to one story, hundreds of animals perished in a heavy snowstorm.