Adalberto Toledo

Adalberto Toledo

'I love my job so much that at 31 years, I've never gone to work'

URBANA — Today, anyone who knows him will tell you that 31-year veteran Chuck Lauss is a firefighter through and through.

But it wasn't always that way for Urbana's newly appointed fire chief, whose original post-high-school plans called for enrolling at Lincoln Christian College, then joining the ministry.

Urbana council keeps proposal for housing development in committee

URBANA — The city council voted Monday night to keep a rezoning and annexation proposal for a housing development in the northern part of the city in committee for two weeks.

The development, Union Gardens by Lafayette-based Trinitas Ventures, will include 406 units of duplexes and townhouses aimed primarily at students and young professionals.

Urbana to consider annexation, rezoning of plot intended for housing development

URBANA — A new 406-unit, multifamily residential development could be coming — if the Urbana City Council approves a rezoning plan tonight for future development of the site north of the city.

Champaign's new HR director completed trip up ladder from intern

CHAMPAIGN — Not many people can say they worked themselves up from intern to head of the department.

But the city of Champaign's new human resources director can.

Uncertainty remains for DACA program despite judge's ruling

Lissette Contreras can't do much planning for her future. The prospect of having to move back to Mexico City, which she left at age 3, is always in the back of her mind.

Reps. Davis, Shimkus weigh in on Trump tariffs, trade, health care

TOLONO — Rodney Davis answered a farmer's question with one of his own.

Asked during a recent audience with Champaign County Farm Bureau members for his take on tariffs and trade wars, the Republican U.S. representative countered with: "Who thinks the Trump administration is going to get you a better deal?"

Most hands in the room shot up.

Legislators frustrated by number of unfilled high-paying jobs

CHAMPAIGN — With unemployment at its lowest level since 1969 and high-wage jobs sitting empty, U.S. Reps. Rodney Davis and John Shimkus want to know why people aren't jumping at positions.

Several area mayors to feel pangs of meager diet for a day

The mayors of three local cities are going to eat today like 1.9 million Illinoisans do year-round: on $4.47, the average daily SNAP benefit for an individual in this state.

Champaign council OKs street designation for black-owned radio station

CHAMPAIGN — The city will soon have a road named after the only black-owned radio station east of the Mississippi, WBCP radio.

The honorary designation will apply to the section of North Fourth Street between East Tremont and East Grove streets, west of Douglass Park.