Adalberto Toledo

Adalberto Toledo

Second Streetfest Against Violence about 'coming together in one space'

CHAMPAIGN — The Rev. Renee Antrosio didn't know whether there would be a sequel to last year's inaugural Streetfest Against Violence in downtown Champaign.

Champaign council OKs liquor-code changes for wine walks, raffles

CHAMPAIGN — "Wine walks" and "queen of hearts" raffles will be coming to Champaign as early as this summer, now that Champaign City Council members have signed off on changes to the city liquor code.

Urbana council OKs plan for apartment building at Niro's Gyros site

URBANA — Oftentimes, when housing developments go before the Urbana City Council, the discussion isn't short.

But of all the proposals aldermen have reviewed over the past year, they had the fewest questions for — and were most happy with — one that could replace the Niro's Gyros restaurant on University Avenue.

Urbana solar project on hold for at least a year after losing out on incentives

URBANA — When it comes to lotteries, there are always winners and losers. Wednesday's Illinois Power Agency lottery was no exception.

Only five area "community solar" projects won renewable-energy credits from the Future Energy Jobs Act among over 1,000 applicants in the state.

Anti-racism organizer to Community Coalition crowd: 'It's all about power'

CHAMPAIGN — Growing up, Kelly Hurst said, she found herself skeptical of a certain kind of white woman.

Best-selling children's author: 'You want to be magical? Be magical'

Students at Carrie Busey and Kenwood elementary schools will be visited today by the New York Times best-selling author of 'Creepy Carrots,' 'Nerdy Birdy,' 'Chicks and Salsa' and other kid classics.

AARON REYNOLDS is in town from Chicago for a fun-filled day that ends with a 7 p.m. talk and book signing at the Champaign Public Library.

Urbana council OKs 2 efforts to increase homeownership, affordable housing

URBANA — Aldermen voted Monday on two measures they hope will show the city's commitment to increasing homeownership and the availability of affordable housing.

M-S Junior High students learn how to be 'Internet Awesome' from Google

MAHOMET — As hundreds of Mahomet-Seymour Junior High students ran, jumped and yelled their way inside the school's gym, they found on their seats signs with a red 'X' on one side and a green check mark on the other.

Mother thrilled that Austin's Day endures 12 years after tragedy

CHAMPAIGN — Austin Cloyd would be rolling her eyes if she found out there was a day of service and volunteerism named after her, said her mom, Renee.

But she would also be thrilled to see how the students at her alma mater, Centennial High School, have kept Austin's Day relevant as it enters Year 12 commemorating her death in the 2007 Virginia Tech mass shooting.