Natalie Wickman

Natalie Wickman

Urbana working with Carle on proposed Kickapoo Rail Trail expansion

URBANA — Amid ongoing litigation between the city and Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana Mayor Diane Marlin thinks the two entities should still collaborate, and a plan to expand the Kickapoo Rail Trail will allow them to do just that.

Champaign police chief: Property Crimes Unit helping reports level off

CHAMPAIGN — Police Chief Anthony Cobb said this week that property crimes are starting to level off in Champaign, almost a year after his department created a unit to focus on them.

Community Coalition unveils 5 action plans to combat gun violence

CHAMPAIGN — Local officials unveiled five community action plans Wednesday as ways to tackle a recent spike in gun violence.

The plans, presented at the Community Coalition's monthly gathering, came out of input from a meeting on June 29, following back-to-back Fridays with two shootings in Champaign.

Urbana library looking to continue Drag Queen Story Hour after packed debut

URBANA — After receiving positive feedback about an event Friday that had more than 200 attendees, the Urbana Free Library is looking to continue hosting Drag Queen Story Hour.

The first-time event featured two drag queens reading aloud stories about inclusion and acceptance.

Urbana council gives initial OK to plan to create housing for disabled

URBANA — The city council gave initial approval Monday to an effort that could create new housing for disabled people.

The Housing Authority of Champaign County wants to apply for a grant from the Illinois Housing Development Authority to establish 24 units of permanent supportive housing for people with mental and physical disabilities.

Housing for disabled may get boost from grant, other funds

URBANA — People with disabilities might soon have new housing options.

The Urbana City Council will vote tonight on entering into an intergovernmental agreement with the Housing Authority of Champaign County. If approved, the HACC will apply for funding — from the Illinois Housing Development Authority — to create up to 24 units of permanent supportive housing.

Champaign council OKs infrastructure plans for 5G networks

CHAMPAIGN — The Champaign City Council voted Tuesday to comply with a new state law — the Small Wireless Facilities Deployment Act — about accommodating upcoming 5G networks for mobile internet connectivity.

Grim group develops plans to curb gun violence after latest spate of shootings

CHAMPAIGN — A grim, serious group met Thursday night to hash out methods for ending local gun violence, following two weekends that each saw two shootings in Champaign.

Urbana council delays vote on dockless-bike-share regulations

URBANA — The Urbana City Council on Monday postponed a vote on setting regulations for how dockless bike sharing will operate around town.

Champaign council approves sweeping rule changes for parking lots

CHAMPAIGN — Sweeping changes to regulations regarding city-owned parking lots were approved nearly unanimously at Tuesday's Champaign City Council meeting.

Council member Clarissa Nickerson Fourman, the lone dissenter, said she believes the beefed-up rules will only push unwanted activity into other parking lots.