Wind farm plan gets green light in Vermilion County

DANVILLE — The Vermilion County Board authorized construction of the first wind turbine farm in the county Tuesday night despite objections from several local residents and incomplete information in the developer's application.

Pesotum farmer meets Obama as part of roundtable energy discussion

When the president of the United States walks into a room and he moves to shake your hand, "you think you'll say something intelligent, but it doesn't always work that way," laughed farmer Eric Rund, who said he was surprised how tall Barack Obama is and, "no matter what your politics," it is something else when you meet the president in person.

Group in third year of helping East Central Illinois businesses go green

CHAMPAIGN — More than two years after launching the Illinois Green Business Association, the three young entrepreneurs behind the group are charging ahead with their plans to combat "greenwashing" and promote sustainable business practices throughout the state.

Garden of the Week: Nancy and Doug Turner

With the assistance of husband Doug,  Nancy Turner has used perennials and annuals to create an island of bright colors amid the farm fields.

Cherry Orchard Village evictions

Champaign-Urbana Public Health District Administrator Julie Pryde talks about the eviction process under way at Cherry Orchard Village north of Thomasboro due to sewage problems.

Vermilion committee recommends wind farm license

DANVILLE — Vermilion County's newly-formed wind turbine regulatory committee unanimously recommended Wednesday granting the county's first-ever permit to Chicago-based Invenergy for a 140-turbine wind farm.

Several residents spoke during the public comment portion of the meeting, some in favor of the project and some against.

Garden of the Week: Susan and Wayne Bekiares


Mornings seem to be the perfect time to enjoy a garden, and Susan and Wayne Bekiares’ west Champaign backyard is no exception.

Danville recycling group looking at new building

DANVILLE — Officials with WITS Recycling hope to revive its household recycling service as they pursue an alternative building arrangement that the city may be willing to consider.

More time to comment on Clinton landfill expansion

CLINTON — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has extended the public comment period until Aug. 14 on a proposed landfill expansion in Clinton that would store PCBs.

The landfill sits above the Mahomet Aquifer, from which East Central Illinois draws its drinking water.

Wind farm will sell some energy to co-op consortium

PAXTON — E.On Climate & Renewables, a Chicago-based firm that plans to start building its Pioneer Trail Wind Farm near Paxton this summer, has agreed to sell some of the renewable energy produced by the wind farm's 94 turbines to a consortium of 21 electric-distribution cooperatives in Illinois.