Adalberto Toledo

Adalberto Toledo

'Violence interrupters' get first training in effort to help curb shootings

With one of the deadliest years on record about to come to a close, a group of about three dozen community members are taking steps they hope will make Champaign-Urbana a less violent place to call home in 2019.

Preservation issues guide Urbana council's votes on solar farm, rezoning

URBANA — In their last meeting of the year, members of the Urbana City Council voted on ordinances that — as so often happens in Urbana — brought up concerns around preservation.

Urbana Fire Department joins Champaign among top rated in nation

URBANA — For fire departments, earning a Class 1 rating from the Insurance Services Office is the dream. The inspections are so rigorous that this year, just 305 of the more than 46,000 departments certified by the agency across the country earned that designation.

Mental-health counselor to community coalition: Find gaps in resources

CHAMPAIGN — The latest meeting of the Champaign Community Coalition featured a call from a mental-health counselor to find the gaps in existing resources aimed at helping people stay away from gun violence.

Costs take focus in Champaign council's discussion on ordinance violations

CHAMPAIGN — The city council's discussion on what to do with hundreds of ordinance-violation cases knocked down from the county courts did not go far Tuesday before members realized it wasn't going to be settled in one meeting.

Urbana council gives initial approval for solar-farm lease deal

URBANA — Aldermen gave their initial approval Monday to a lease agreement that could be the first step toward a new solar farm in the city.

Champaign council to re-evaluate how ordinance violations are handled

Hear from mayor Deb Feinen Wednesday at 4:20 on WDWS.

Urbana to consider deal with solar company

URBANA — City governments and companies often find themselves waiting around for state money before moving forward with a project.

The plan to bring a solar farm to Urbana is no exception.

New online portal opens window into Champaign's finances

CHAMPAIGN — Want to know how much of your money goes to the Champaign Fire Department?

Learn more about a public works project you think might have been too expensive?

Deep dive into the city's budgets, expenditures and revenues?

Now you can do so easily, thanks to a two-year effort by Champaign's finance department.

Champaign council votes to lower pot fine to $50; others will be reviewed

CHAMPAIGN — The city council unanimously approved lowering the fine for possession of cannabis to $50 at Tuesday night's meeting, but members made it clear that that action was just the start of something bigger.

They said they plan to launch an extended discussion next year aimed at resolving possible logical inconsistencies that Tuesday's action created in the city's fine structure.