Adalberto Toledo

Adalberto Toledo

ACE Artist Award winner: 'I'm just doing what I want to do'

CHAMPAIGN — A few weeks ago, Peggy Shaw was feeling restless. Time to take another one of her impromptu road trips.

It was mainly an excuse to have a moment and think with the winding highway ahead of her, and also capture an interesting sound, find a creepy tree to photograph and shoot video of sand dunes in the wind along the way.

Encouraging others' creativity part of ACE award winner's art

CHAMPAIGN — Squeezed between the Furniture Lounge and NewLife Tattoos downtown is an unassuming glass door that opens to reveal a dark, carpeted staircase, which leads you down a hallway to a door marked "C."

As you enter Kelly Hieronymus' small studio, you're greeted with a flood of light from above and walls covered in sketches, knickknacks and other muses.

Savoy nursing home fined $25,000 in connection to death of resident

SAVOY — State officials say Champaign-Urbana Nursing and Rehab is facing a $25,000 in connection to the death of a resident.  The Illinois Department of Public Health today announced the 2018 Third Quarterly Report of Nursing Home Violators and said the 213-bed Savoy facility failed to provide special dietary needs to a resident who ultimately died from choking

Champaign council begins annual process of deciding tax levy

CHAMPAIGN — It's the beginning of tax-levy and budget season for the city of Champaign, and financial forecasts for 2019 say recent growth means more tax revenue for the city.

But it still faces long-term structural imbalances because of pension and health-benefit costs, staff say.

Residents urge Urbana council to go slow on downtown redevelopment

URBANA — Residents who spoke at Monday's Urbana City Council meeting asked council members to take their time with the redevelopment of the 200 block of South Vine Street, regardless of whether they like the designs.

Urbana foresees 'costly' legal challenges to panhandling rules

URBANA — City staff are recommending that the Urbana City Council repeal a 2011 ordinance that regulates aggressive panhandling and begging, similar to laws that courts around the country have begun to strike down on First Amendment grounds.

Midterm's early-voting numbers build on 2016's momentum

URBANA — With a little more than two weeks to go until the traditional Election Day, a good chunk of the area vote is already in.

Through the end of Friday, 11,705 ballots had been requested in Champaign County, and 6,875 had been returned and tabulated, County Clerk Gordy Hulten said.

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.