Adalberto Toledo

Adalberto Toledo

Former Pekin, Peoria fire chief to take reins in Urbana

URBANA — Urbana will soon have a new fire chief.

Mayor Diane Marlin on Friday announced that Charles E. Lauss will be the city's next fire chief, following the retirement of former Chief Brian Nightlinger in May. James Eggert has been serving as interim chief in the meantime.

Clark-Lindsey exhibit shows seniors putting skills, interests into action

URBANA — At the Clark-Lindsey Village art gallery, there's a woman deep in concentration as her hands hug wet clay.

There's a man holding up his brush to a canvas.

And a couple, smiling in a pool.

Champaign council OKs final plan for housing development near Walmart

CHAMPAIGN — The city council approved the final plat for a new housing development near Walmart on Tuesday, but not before council member Alicia Beck asked some pointed questions about accessibility.

Urbana alderman wants Crystal Lake revamp to focus on water quality first

URBANA — An update on the park district's plan to revitalize the area around Crystal Lake drew criticism from at least one alderman over prioritization of the lake's water-quality issues.

Champaign council to consider changes in taxicab regulations

CHAMPAIGN — Taxicabs could be soon be subject to the first city-wide rule changes in five years.

The changes proposed for both Champaign and Urbana would do away with blanket restrictions for drivers with any felony conviction and would make some taxis display a "cash only" sign. The Champaign City Council is scheduled to vote on the matter tonight.

Urbana: Solar farm plan keeps us in mind

URBANA — City council members should not stand in the way of a Champaign County zoning proposal that could bring solar farms to rural areas.

UPDATE: Davis staffer arrested in incident at opponent's campaign event

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SPRINGFIELD — A staff member for U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis’ campaign has found himself out of a job and facing charges after allegedly punching a man at a Springfield tavern where a campaign event was being held for Davis’ Democratic opponent.

Dance team founder's next step: Finding her group a permanent home

CHAMPAIGN — Standing in formation, the girls swat bugs off their faces as they wait for their coach, Nuri Karim, to start the music and practice. On this day, their studio is Karim's backyard.

Danville mayor applauds revisions to state liquor law

A law signed by Gov. Bruce Rauner last week alters a pre-World War II-era rule limiting alcohol sales near places like hospitals, schools and churches.

Immigration activists raising money for 'resident crisis fund'

URBANA — Immigration activists have gotten together to raise money for a "resident crisis fund" run by the Latino Partnership of Champaign County, and have already raised $2,4371.