URBANA – An autopsy was planned for today to determine the cause of death for a 38-year-old Champaign man who died as a result of a crash into two trucks on Interstate 74 east of Urbana.
Champaign County Coroner Duane Northrup said Brent Newlin, 38, of the 2900 block of West John Street, Champaign, was pronounced dead at 12:39 p.m. Tuesday at the scene of the crash east of the University Avenue exit on I-74.
DANVILLE – Danville Area Community College trustees on Tuesday adopted a $27.57 million balanced budget for the 2007-08 fiscal year.
However, officials said it's still uncertain whether the college will lose about $34,000 in state funding, which is part of grants that were allocated by the Illinois General Assembly but vetoed by Gov. Rod Blagojevich.
CHAMPAIGN – Another new hotel is on the way in Champaign.
Construction has just started on a new Wingate Inn on Marketview Drive, with the hotel expected to open next summer, according to John Brinkman, director of development for Bloomington-based Hundman Hotel Management.
URBANA – A Champaign man has been cleared of charges alleging he had inappropriate sexual contact with a girl under 13.
Assistant Champaign County State's Attorney Adam Dill dismissed a charge of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child against Carlos Bautista, 40, who listed an address in the 1800 block of Valley Road.
DANVILLE – This year's supply of flu vaccine has already arrived at the Vermilion County Health Department, which has several clinics scheduled for this fall.
Department officials said the on-time delivery of 4,000 doses of flu vaccine is a pleasant departure from recent years.
DANVILLE – Vermilion Manor Nursing Home lost almost a million dollars last year, but a financial consultant thinks the county-owned facility can be profitable not only this year but also for at least the next four.
Mike Harmon of Harmon and Associates in Danville told county board members Tuesday night that the key to making the 233-bed nursing home profitable would be reducing the largest expense – personnel costs – which constituted about 88 percent of the nursing home's expenses last year.
DANVILLE – Action on a proposed graffiti ordinance was postponed Tuesday night until changes could be made to the ordinance to ease requirements for business owners.
Members of the city council's public services committee questioned how the proposed ordinance affects local businesses.
WESTVILLE – Mayor Jeff Slavik said Tuesday he was still reviewing the options, but planned to have a recommendation for the replacement of the stormwater culvert at the Trinity United Church of Christ for the village board to consider next month.
The project, which involves the replacement of a deteriorating drainage culvert, will likely require about 60 feet of 36-inch-wide pipe and the replacement of some damaged sections of road and sidewalk, Slavik said.
SPRINGFIELD – A new state law is designed to help coordinate the state's education systems better from preschool through the end of college.
Gov. Rod Blagojevich signed HB 1648 on Tuesday, creating the new Illinois P-20 Council.
An accident on Interstate 74 this afternoon killed the driver of one of the three vehicles involved.
State police said the accident, at 12:15 p.m., involved two semitrailer trucks and a passenger car.