Adalberto Toledo

Adalberto Toledo

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.

Urbana council to discuss new video systems, body cams for police

URBANA — The Urbana Police Department is moving forward with a complete revamp of its video systems, including buying body cameras for every officer on the force, the last major department in Champaign County to do so.

But before they can proceed, police first need approval from the city council. A discussion is planned on the issue Monday.

Champaign's new custom-designed firetruck ready for its first call

As the Champaign Fire Department gets ready to "push-in" its new jack-of-all-trades ladder truck, Chief GARY LUDWIG and Lt. BRIAN BALL provided a quick look at what firefighters now have at their disposal. At noon Saturday, the new truck will be wetted down, dried and introduced to its new home at Station 4 on John Street.

UPDATE: Closure of Urbana's Garden Hotel means loss of jobs for staff

URBANA — More than 20 employees at Urbana’s Garden Hotel, many of them “living paycheck to paycheck,” will be losing their jobs as the hotel takes on a project to completely replace a faulty fire-alarm system.

Champaign council approves zoning changes for In-Town neighborhood

CHAMPAIGN — Residents of the In-Town neighborhood packed the city council chambers Tuesday as members approved new zoning regulations — with one amendment — that one critic charged could "change the tenor of the neighborhood."