Dave Hinton

Dave Hinton

UI's transportation lab in Rantoul could soon get test track, 'smart city'

RANTOUL — Pavement, heal thyself.

Some day, potholes, the bane of all motorists, might fix themselves — resulting in far fewer vehicle-damage and safety issues. No hypnosis or miracles will be needed. Just technology.

Self-healing roads are just one of the innovative areas where the Illinois Center for Transportation is in the vanguard. And it's all happening in Rantoul.

Twilight tractor drive added to Historic Farm Days in Penfield

PENFIELD — A twilight tractor drive in the rural areas north of Penfield is a new attraction at this year's Historic Farm Days, which opens Thursday and runs through Sunday in Penfield.

The tractor drive will depart the grounds of the I&I Antique Tractor and Gas Engine Club at 6 p.m. and return prior to nightfall.

UPDATE: Tuesday's tornado near Gifford was an EF-1

UPDATE, 3:26 p.m. Wednesday:

GIFFORD — The National Weather service said the tornado that touched down Tuesday night between Rantoul and Gifford in rural Champaign County had wind speeds of 90 miles per hour.

Next stop for Rantoul administrator: North Carolina

Six months after RICK SNIDER left his job as Champaign County administrator for a similar role in Rantoul, the village has begun the search for his replacement.

Rantoul organization bracing for massive influx of migrant workers

RANTOUL — About three times more migrant workers than usual are expected to spend the summer working in Rantoul, leaving the leader of a local center scrambling to try to meet some of their needs.

'Weary' Rantoul administrator headed to East Coast

RANTOUL — The search for a new village administrator will resume again after Rick Snider tendered his resignation from the post, effective July 30.

Snider just began his duties Dec. 1 and was being paid an annual salary of $135,000.

UPDATE: Rantoul police release 2 people after questioning them in shooting

RANTOUL — Two suspects detained for questioning in a shooting Friday morning at an apartment in east Rantoul have been released.

Police Chief Tony Brown said the man and woman were released while police continue investigating the case.

A Life Remembered: 'I've never met anyone who did not like my dad'

RANTOUL — Bonnie Henderson was a young girl, but she remembers it as if it were yesterday. Her father, Wilbur Flessner, climbed up the steps of his combine, ready to harvest.

Nothing special about that. Normally.

But this was different.

Rantoul's Minuteman missile to be torn down

RANTOUL — The famed Minuteman missile, the most visible vestige of Rantoul as the former home of an Air Force base, will be dismantled.

Rantoul Mayor Chuck Smith said he has been told by the Air Force that the village will not be able to buy the Cold War-era relic and keep it intact.

Rantoul eighth-graders learning to spot bad behavior in 'Dating 101'

RANTOUL — Dating is not like reading Consumer Reports, where you can sniff out a lemon ahead of time.

It's not like buying a car or a television. There are no guarantees or warnings.