A long-planned coal mine in Vermilion County could soon get one of two state permits it needs to operate. Sunrise Coal wants to set up its Bulldog Mine near Allerton. Illinois Department of Natural Resources spokesman Tim Schweizer said Sunrise recently submitted its bond and fee for the project. He expects IDNR will issue its permit sometime this fall. Sunrise also needs a water permit from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency. The mine has faced opposition from local environmental groups. Opponents say the public will have a chance to weigh in before the IDNR permit is issued.