Adalberto Toledo

Adalberto Toledo

Champaign council urges Unit 4 to shed more light on Central expansion

CHAMPAIGN — City council members urged Champaign school district officials Tuesday night to listen closely to residents' concerns about lighting at Central High School's future athletic fields, as well as other expansion-related issues.

Cunningham Township supervisor breaks down poverty stats for board

URBANA — In November, when Cunningham Township Supervisor Danielle Chynoweth told the city council that data showed a high level of poverty in the city, some aldermen quickly questioned it, wondering how much it was skewed by the large population of college students.

Tuition, fees just the start of semester's financial burden

URBANA — The high cost of attending college doesn't stop at tuition and fees. For many students, it's textbooks, workbooks, online access codes and other materials that further chip away at their school budgets.

Champaign County RPC offering a leg up to those with two strikes

CHAMPAIGN — Though the Illinois Department of Employment Security has reported that Champaign County added 1,400 jobs last year, "young adults who live in areas of high poverty and crime face serious challenges to seeking and sustaining employment at a living wage."

'If you're cold, they're cold': Animal groups urge owners to look out for pets

CHAMPAIGN — With temperatures dropping to near-record lows over the next few days, pet-friendly organizations across the county are reminding people to look out for stray animals, and keep your own pets comfortable.

Champaign Human Relations Commission taking action on NAACP's suggestions

CHAMPAIGN — Whether it's improving housing availability for formerly incarcerated people or implementing restorative practices in local schools, members of Champaign's Human Relations Commission have taken heed of recommendations made to them by the county's NAACP chapter in the fall and are devising a plan of attack.

'We're hoping it's an isolated incident': Fatal shooting has neighbors on edge

CHAMPAIGN — In the West Champaign neighborhood where a man was fatally shot Thursday morning, kids' toys and bicycles with training wheels were strewn on lawns of homes lining Fairoaks Drive.

Financial officials in local governments preparing for a recession

URBANA — Market jitters and slowing economic growth have public officials in Champaign-Urbana singing a similar tune: A recession is coming.

Champaign council not yet ready to regulate e-cigarette market

CHAMPAIGN — The city council isn't prepared to take significant steps to regulate vaping or the sale of electronic nicotine delivery systems just yet.

Champaign council to study rise in e-cigarette use among youths

CHAMPAIGN — Last month, the U.S. surgeon general declared e-cigarette use among youth a national epidemic.

Dr. Jerome Adams won't get any argument from Champaign city council member and Centennial High teacher Greg Stock.