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VALMEYER, Ill. (AP) - Environmentalists in southern Illinois have raised concerns that a proposed wind turbine project will diminish the area's natural beauty and hurt animal habitat. The Belleville News-Democrat reports that developer Joe Koppeis hopes to construct 50 wind turbines along 15 miles of bluffs south of Valmeyer and Waterloo. Environmental conservation organizations and local residents have raised concerns that the wind farm could change the character of the rural landscape or lessen property values.
NORMAL, Ill. (AP) - A central Illinois community may nearly double the next mayor's salary and also give raises to city council members. The Pantagraph reports Normal's mayor makes $18,000 annually. The city council on Monday will consider increasing the salary to $32,000 starting May 1, 2021. Officials say it would be the first increase since 2009 and that it would reflect inflation and increased demands of the job, which has typically been part-time.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Gov.-elect J.B. Pritzker's inaugural celebration will raise money for a Chicago-based legal aid organization and the foundation that supports the state fairgrounds in Springfield and DuQuoin. The committee planning the inauguration released information Friday about two events scheduled for Jan. 14.
NORMAL, Ill. (AP) - Illinois State University may add about 80 acres to the central Illinois farm operated by the university's agriculture department. The Pantagraph reports the ISU board of trustees is meeting Saturday to vote on whether to buy the land adjacent to University Farm. The farm about 20 miles northeast of Normal provides students with hands-on farming experience.
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