Green Business Association certifies four more local businesses

URBANA – Four more businesses have been certified as "green" businesses by the Illinois Green Business Association, the association announced Wednesday.

Newly certified are: Marcy McAnally State Farm Insurance, Champaign; Common Ground Food Co-Op, Urbana; Body n' Sole, Savoy; and Boltini Lounge, Champaign.

Durbin to seek other Illinois towns after Coles County rejects FutureGen

MATTOON – Barring a monumental turnaround, Coles County's seven-year love-hate relationship with the high-tech FutureGen energy project has ended.

Bus district launches updated website

URBANA – An improved website for the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District is intended to be more user-friendly.

The site at was launched Monday.

Karl Gnadt, director of market development for the MTD, said the original website was launched five years ago.

Work to improve sewer lines in Urbana will disrupt some traffic

URBANA – Some sewers in Urbana will have new liners in a project that will be in several neighborhoods for about two weeks.

Brad Bennett, civil engineer, said the city is upgrading 7,500 feet of sewer pipe, involving both storm and sanitary sewers, at various locations beginning Friday through Aug. 31.

FutureGen shift brings rift between Johnson, Durbin

WASHINGTON – Last week's announcement that Coles County would have a reduced role in the FutureGen energy project has opened a major rift between U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin and U.S. Rep. Tim Johnson, R-Urbana.

Team gets in-person view of needs of those using prosthetic arms

CHAMPAIGN – A team designing low-cost prosthetic arms for people in developing countries got a firsthand view of their needs during a 10-day trip to Guatemala in July.

Company asks for application fee refund from Gibson City

GIBSON CITY – Eco Manufacturing, which announced that Gibson City was its preferred site for a plasma gasification plant in February, has now asked for a refund of its application fee.

Council members voted unanimously at Monday night's meeting to refund $15,737 of the $20,000 that Eco paid in April under the town's pollution control facility siting ordinance.

Focus on Big Broadband is 2013 deadline, then expansion of network

CHAMPAIGN – Big Broadband organizers Tuesday night updated the city council on plans for implementing a nearly $30 million infrastructure for high-speed Internet in underserved areas of Champaign-Urbana.

More broadband details coming at Champaign council study session

CHAMPAIGN – Local officials are ready to unveil more details on the Big Broadband project that is intended to provide high-speed Internet to underserved areas in Champaign-Urbana.

Consolidated Communications' income down for quarter

MATTOON – Mattoon-based Consolidated Communications Holdings reported net income of $7.05 million for the quarter that ended June 30, down 6 percent from the same quarter a year ago.

That resulted in diluted net income of 24 cents per share, compared with 25 cents per share a year ago.