Patrick Wade

Patrick Wade

C-U logging in to 'Next Century Cities'

CHAMPAIGN — Add another broadband coalition to Champaign-Urbana's curriculum vitae: The mayors of the two cities say joining a group of "Next Century Cities" will keep them on the cutting edge of fiber Internet.

Urbana reaches deal with AFSCME; other union talks continuing

URBANA — City employees will be getting raises "on the outer edge of what we can afford," Mayor Laurel Prussing said, and it's not immediately clear how the city will pay for increases.

Fire chief search cost $40,063.53

CHAMPAIGN — City officials started looking for a new fire chief after Doug Forsman announced his retirement in May 2013.

The original plan was to have a new chief in place by his November 2013 retirement. That didn't happen.

Ribbon-cutting set for accessible playground at Eisner Park

CHAMPAIGN — The park district went "above and beyond" in building an accessible playground at Eisner Park, officials say, and it will provide a better range of activities for people with special needs.

Crews were putting the finishing touches on the playground on Friday, and a ribbon-cutting ceremony Sunday will mark its official opening.

Updated: Truck goes off highway into pond at I-57/72; ramp closed

CHAMPAIGN — The ramp that takes traffic from southbound Interstate 57 to westbound Interstate 72 was closed Friday afternoon while emergency crews removed a tractor-trailer from a retention pond.
Just before 2 p.m.

Ludwig is Champaign's new fire chief

CHAMPAIGN - After an intensive search lasting more than a year, Champaign has a new fire chief.

Officer's pay since Kiwane Carrington tragedy: $423,697

CHAMPAIGN — The officer whose gun discharged, resulting in the accidental shooting death of an unarmed Champaign teen in 2009, received his final employment payments this year.

Champaign City Council approves settlement in Segway crash

CHAMPAIGN — City sidewalks aren't always a smooth ride, and for an unfortunate Segway rider last year, it resulted in serious injury.

City council members approved a $50,000 settlement agreement Tuesday with Champaign resident Joseph Hammerslough, who was injured in September 2013 while using the sidewalk in the 900 block of West Church Street.

Urbana City Council makes landlord fee increase permanent

URBANA — A year-old landlord fee increase will remain into perpetuity after city council members made the change permanent Monday night.

Champaign's yard-waste program begins today with slight change

CHAMPAIGN — Yard-waste pickup begins today in Champaign, and if all goes according to plan, most residents won't notice a difference in the curbside program.

But behind the scenes is a bit different. City officials hope they can provide better service and save nearly $50,000 by doing the pickup themselves.