Adalberto Toledo

Adalberto Toledo

Urbana council OKs rezoning for Union Gardens, defers annexation votes

URBANA — The Urbana City Council voted Monday to approve a change to its zoning ordinances but did not vote on two other items that would have allowed the Union Gardens housing development to move forward, instead deferring those decisions until its Nov. 5 meeting.

Three taken to hospital after car hits semi on I-74 near St. Joseph

ST. JOSEPH — Three people were hospitalized after a collision between a semitrailer and a car Friday evening in a construction zone on Interstate 74 just east of St. Joseph.

Champaign police chief on recent violence: 'We believe this is retaliation'

CHAMPAIGN — A "significant rise in gang-related gun violence" in recent weeks had Champaign's police chief issuing a desperate plea for help from the public Wednesday.

Safety updates planned for stretch of Bradley Avenue

CHAMPAIGN — Motivated by two strikingly similar pedestrian deaths last year on a stretch of West Bradley Avenue, city of Champaign staff have come up with a plan to add a crosswalk, fix sidewalks and bring better lighting to the area.

Urbana council OKs union contract

Urbana — The Urbana City Council on Monday approved a collective bargaining agreement with the AFSCME Local 1331 that includes hourly rate increases, uniform allowances and other provisions for city workers, measures that will increase the city's budget.

CU at Work pays homeless to help clean up Champaign

CHAMPAIGN — There’s a lot separating Albuquerque, N.M., and Champaign-Urbana. But now the homeless in both places have something in common: They’re able to work for $10 an hour beautifying their cities.

Champaign council OKs deal with school district for referendum work

CHAMPAIGN — The city council on Tuesday approved an agreement between the city and school district to facilitate Unit 4 construction projects, including specifics about the use of lights at a renovated McKinley Field.

Urbana council delays vote on Union Gardens development

URBANA — The city council on Monday rescheduled a vote that would advance the Union Gardens development slated for an area straddling the Champaign-Urbana city line in the northern part of the cities.

Historically black neighborhood wary of development: 'It's going to be a mess'

CHAMPAIGN — When Rasheen Robinson, 44, steps out onto her deck at her home in the Carver Park subdivision, she can see 40 acres of corn, barely distinguishing the industrial park just beyond it.

Urbana council OKs police plan for body cameras, new video equipment

URBANA — The Urbana Police Department is moving forward with a plan to give every officer a body camera and replace aging digital equipment after the city council approved a budget amendment to make that possible.