Adalberto Toledo

Adalberto Toledo

Urbana schedules leaf-collection dates for fall

URBANA — Leaves may not be falling quite yet, but the city of Urbana wants you to mark your calendars for leaf pick-up throughout the fall.

The city will provide leaf collection to all residents for three weeks: Oct. 22-26 and Nov. 5-9 and 26-30.

New building-size rules still a concern for Champaign neighborhood group

CHAMPAIGN — A couple hundred residents of Champaign's In-Town neighborhood west and south of downtown have banded together to protest a zoning ordinance up for a vote Tuesday by the city council.

It's the latest chapter in a monthslong effort by residents to keep the historic feel of some of Champaign's older neighborhoods intact.

Focus of Champaign council's talks on 'The Yards': Who'll pay for what?

CHAMPAIGN — An expansion of the Illinois Terminal. A potential Division I hockey team. Another downtown hotel. Conferences. Residential properties. Induced development.

All were talking points at the first of three study sessions Tuesday night regarding a proposed hockey arena, hotel and residential building called The Yards in the southern area of downtown Champaign.

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.

'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 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.