Ameren Illinois to detail plans for power line

CHAMPAIGN — Area residents will have a chance next week to learn more about a high-power transmission line that Ameren Illinois plans in southwest Champaign.

Ameren Illinois will host an open house on the 138,000-volt line from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Hilton Garden Inn, 1501 S. Neil St., C.

UI professor remembers Steve Jobs as a pioneer

     Just days after his passing, former Apple CEO Steve Jobs is already being remembered in Champaign as a pioneer in the world of technology. 

WAND power boost may disrupt signal temporarily

DECATUR — Some viewers of WAND-TV can expect interruptions in the station's signal today as the station installs a new antenna that will increase WAND's power.

With the increase in power, the Decatur-based station should be able to reach more than 1 million people in central Illinois, up from about 900,000 previously, WAND said in a news release.

Wind farm zoning issue could last beyond Thursday hearing

URBANA — A zoning board case regarding a proposed 30-turbine wind farm in northeastern Champaign County — now more than a month old — could conclude Thursday night.

Or it could remain before the county zoning board of appeals.

New location proposed for cell tower in Urbana

URBANA — U.S. Cellular has proposed a new location for a controversial cell tower that is closer to the center of the Urbana High School/Middle School campus.

Paxton wind farm to be showcased

PAXTON — E.On Climate & Renewables has scheduled an Oct. 20 open house for the public to see its Pioneer Trail Wind Farm being built east and northeast of Paxton.

The open house is set for 10:30 a.m. Oct. 20, at a wind turbine site on the south side of Illinois 9 between Ford County roads 2100 E and 2300 E, about 3 miles east of Paxton.

Jail inmate information now on website

URBANA — Elaine Parrish isn't exactly going to miss answering the phone all day to tell folks about inmates at the Champaign County Jail.

2011 Ladies Night Out

Visitors enjoy informative tables, entertainment and refreshments at Ladies Night Out at the Hilton Garden Inn in Champaign, Ill on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2011. 

Final decision weeks away on wind farm near Royal

URBANA — A proposed 30-turbine wind farm in northeast Champaign County will get another hearing Thursday night before the Champaign County Zoning Board of Appeals — but probably not its last hearing.

Champaign residents vow fight over cell tower

CHAMPAIGN -- Residents of a south-central Champaign neighborhood pledged to speak out against a proposed cell tower at a public hearing next month after hearing from T-Mobile representatives on Wednesday night.