Tim Ditman

Tim Ditman

Winter weather advisory issued for Wednesday night

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Urbana gets new pedestrian signs up on Lincoln Avenue in a flash

URBANA — Just in time for the UI's spring semester, the city of Urbana has turned on flashing signs along South Lincoln Avenue to warn drivers of pedestrians.

The signs are on the stretch of Lincoln between Nevada Street and Pennsylvania Avenue. They'll be in use from 9 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. Monday through Friday when the UI is in session.


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Raises for Unit 4 administrators on board agenda

CHAMPAIGN — If the school board signs off on Superintendent Susan Zola's recommendation, some Unit 4 district officials could soon be in line for 4 percent raises.

The agenda for tonight's first board meeting of 2019 includes an item calling for raises for "all eligible administrators," retroactive to July 1, 2018.

UPDATE: No one hurt in fire that caused 'extensive' damage at Champaign house

UPDATE, 4:42 p.m. Friday:

CHAMPAIGN — A one-story Champaign home sustained what officials called "extensive" damage Friday after flames broke out in the living room.

Deputy Fire Marshal Randy Smith said crews responded to the 0-100 block of Sherwood Court shortly before 1:30 p.m.  By around 2:15 p.m., officials reported the fire was out.

Champaign council set to vote on details of MCORE's fourth phase

CHAMPAIGN — When the weather heats up again, work on Champaign-Urbana's massive Multimodal Corridor Enhancement project will shift to Wright Street and Armory Avenue.

Work on the fourth phase of MCORE — set to start in March — will include the repaving of Wright from Springfield Avenue to Armory and of Armory from Wright to Fourth Street.

Wind advisory issued for Tuesday

The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory for East Central Illinois from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday.

Gusts up to 45 mile per hour are possible. So be careful while driving, and bring your lawn items inside.

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No one hurt after electric skillet sparks fire in Rantoul house

RANTOUL — No one was hurt in a fire that gutted three rooms of a tri-level home Thursday in Rantoul.

Rantoul fire Chief Ken Waters said crews were called at 9:31 a.m. to a house in the 1400 block of Kenneth Drive, where they found flames coming from the kitchen.

By the time the fire was out, it had caused $90,000 in damages to the kitchen, living room and dining room.

UPDATE: Prosecutors reviewing charges in shooting after woman's death

UPDATE, 8 p.m.:

DANVILLE — Attempted-murder charges filed against a man accused of shooting a Danville woman multiple times in the head are being reviewed by Vermilion County prosecutors now that the mother of six has died from her injuries after a 10-day fight to survive.

MTD misses out on another federal grant for downtown development



CHAMPAIGN — The Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District lost out in its second bid for federal funding this year for the massive downtown Champaign development project called The Yards, but MTD officials said they plan to try again next year.