Work on the expansion project is expected to begin as early as May 19. Architects provided an update to library officials this week. Library Director Dee Coover estimates the construction will last 18 months. The library is expected to remain open during the work, but she says patrons will begin noticing covered walkways around the entrance to the children's department.
She says workers will start moving materials in May, with "true" construction in mid-July.
Seven local bridges crossing over the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90) in Boone, McHenry and Kane counties are scheduled to close in March for removal and reconstruction as part of the Illinois Tollway’s I-90 Rebuilding and Widening Project. Another will close later in the spring. It's expected the bridges will remain closed into the fall.
There are 90 aging coal ash pits in Illinois — piles of slag left behind when coal is burned for energy, most often electricity. Coal ash residue is starting to show up in the water supply.
Groups like the Sierra Club of Illinois and the Prairie Rivers Network have joined forces, lobbying Illinois government for accountability for energy suppliers. One of those energy suppliers is Dynegy, which has several plants in Illinois. For Urbana resident Eileen Borgia, the plant and its coal ash pit is an unwelcome presence on her nature excursions near Kickapoo State Park.
High calorie, low carb diets may slow the progression of ALS or Lou Gehrig's Disease. Researchers say the diet could help patients avoid losing weight and muscle. Mild obesity is associated with greater survival in patients with the disease.