Adalberto Toledo

Adalberto Toledo

Champaign Flag Day event extends welcoming hand to immigrants

CHAMPAIGN — When Prisca Mouloma came to the United States from the Democratic Republic of Congo more than a decade ago, she didn't speak any English save for the few words her husband had taught her.

After settling in Champaign in 2008, she said, it was a moment of pure frustration that made her get serious about learning English.

Champaign County First group heads to D.C. to lobby for federal funds

CHAMPAIGN — As part of a lobbying effort to get federal support for area projects, members of the Champaign County First group headed to Washington, D.C., this week to lobby for projects like The Yards in Champaign, extending the Kickapoo Trail to Urbana and piloting a program that could help villages like Royal.

Champaign IT chief tells council about increased risk of cybercrime

CHAMPAIGN — The city's information-technology director warned council members at Tuesday's meeting about an increase in cybercrime directed at municipal governments.

Urbana alderwoman: Put cannabis tax revenue toward city's pensions

URBANA — An alderwoman is proposing using tax revenue from recreational cannabis to replenish the city's underfunded pension funds and other long-term obligations.

In a letter to her colleagues, Maryalice Wu said she wants the council to focus on the city's future by diverting all potential cannabis taxes to both the Vehicle and Equipment Replacement Fund and pension funds.

Urbana alderman on mend after hitting van during bicycle race

URBANA — Urbana alderman Bill Brown is on the mend after being injured in a recent bicycle race near Charleston.

Brown, 60, was cycling southbound on County Road 1000 E just before 9 a.m. June 1 when he crashed into the side of a van. He was taken to Carle Foundation Hospital, where he spent two nights after it was determined he had fractured six ribs, a collarbone and a thumb.

Christensen trial, Day 5 | Initial jury selection one short, for now

URBANA — Though it seemed possible that pre-approval of potential jurors in the trial of accused kidnapper and killer Brendt Christensen would wrap up Friday, it will go on for another day.

Champaign sets energy-efficiency workshops for Garden Hills residents

CHAMPAIGN — The city is seeking input from Garden Hills residents "about ways to reduce their energy consumption and save money on their utility bills" during four upcoming workshops.

The workshops, announced Thursday, are being held as part of the recently launched safety, lighting and energy-efficiency program.

Champaign Citizen Review Board pushes revamp of police-complaint process

CHAMPAIGN — A city council committee is asking the Champaign Police Department to revamp its citizen police-complaint process amid findings that it is "outdated" and "inaccessible."

Clark Park residents find little to argue about in new report on house, lot sizes

CHAMPAIGN — For the past two years, conversations have raged in the city council chambers over what to do about home and lot sizes in one of the city's oldest neighborhoods.

On Tuesday, council members took the first significant step in addressing the concerns of residents of the Clark Park neighborhood since the rejection of a preservation district last year.

Cunningham Township assessor seeking to tackle every property next year

URBANA — The Cunningham Township Assessor's Office is getting ready for its quadrennial assessment of all properties in the city with a project it is calling Operation Fair Assessment.