Dave Hinton

Dave Hinton

Police cracking down on motorists who can't put phones down

Julie Hardy of rural Rantoul was sitting on her Victory motorcycle at the stoplight at the corner of U.S. 136 and Murray Road when she happened to glance to her right.

She spied the bane of many fellow motorists — a person driving with her head down, gaze fixed upon a cellphone.

What happened next came in the blink of an eye.

Rantoul hog plant adding equipment to prevent inhumane slaughter

RANTOUL — Officials at a Rantoul hog-slaughtering plant hope the addition of a second carbon-dioxide tunnel will prevent a reoccurrence of an incident earlier this year when two hogs were awake on a line that was taking them to a scalding tank.

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.