Debra Pressey

Debra Pressey

High drug prices have some rationing insulin

CHAMPAIGN — As many as a quarter of Illinois' 44,000 type 1 diabetics are likely rationing their insulin treatments because they can't afford the supply they need, according to an action campaign pushing for affordable insulin prices.

Aloft Hotel, by Marriott, now slated to occupy downtown Champaign lot

CHAMPAIGN — Plans are still on track to develop an urban-style hotel on a small downtown Champaign lot, but the planned hotel brand has undergone a change.

Developer Doug Altenberger has been working with Marriott International to make the future hotel at 401 N. Neil St. an Aloft Hotel, according to Rob Kowalski, the city's assistant planning and development director.

New technology may spare mammogram patients from pinch

URBANA — It's not the most painful medical experience in the world, but a mammogram may well rank as one of the more uncomfortable tests women are faced with for the sake of their health.

Now, thousands of women in the area are poised to undergo this periodic breast cancer screening with less of the painful pinch that comes with a standard mammogram.

Vermilion County dead last on Illinois study's health rankings

CHAMPAIGN — Your chances of living healthier and longer may depend, at least partly, on which county you call home.

Research released Tuesday that ranks U.S. counties from most to least healthy placed Champaign County in roughly the top third in Illinois — making it one of the state's healthier places to live — while Vermilion County was ranked dead last in the state.

More early voters opting to mail in their ballots for 2019 election

URBANA — Mail-in beats walk-in for many voters casting their ballots early in next month's election.

As of Monday, more than double the number of early voters in Champaign County had opted to vote by mail over voting early in person, according to county Clerk Aaron Ammons.

Habitat for Humanity of Champaign County names new executive director

CHAMPAIGN — Habitat of Humanity of Champaign County has chosen Chad Hoffman to be its new executive director.

The former director of the Mahomet Area Youth Club replaces Sheila Dodd, who resigned in November to work for the city of Urbana.

American to add second flight from Willard to Charlotte, N.C.

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SAVOY — American Airlines plans to add a second daily flight from University of Illinois Willard Airport to Charlotte, N.C., starting in May.

Police: States where marijuana's legal see more accidents

CHAMPAIGN — As Illinois inches closer to legalizing recreational marijuana use for adults, some local police officials are dreading the potential impact of more stoned drivers on area roads.

Savoy plan commission sets meeting on housing development near Aldi

SAVOY — The Savoy Planning Commission plans to conduct an informal discussion on a proposed development in the Savoy Square subdivision.

The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. March 25 in the Robert C. McCleary Municipal Center, 611 N. Dunlap Ave.

Urbana earns designation as 2018 Tree City USA

URBANA — The Arbor Day Foundation has named Urbana a 2018 Tree City USA for the city's commitment to urban forest management.

The city was also honored with a Tree City USA growth award for demonstrating environmental improvement and an increasingly higher level of tree care, according to city Arborist Mike Brunk.