Tim Ditman

Tim Ditman

Village asks for help to prevent spread of West Nile virus

TOLONO — Village officials are again spraying for mosquitoes and are asking Tolono residents to do their part after one person became ill with West Nile virus.

The village first alerted residents through its website and social media this week. Mayor Rob Murphy later told News-Gazette Media that the person's condition is improving, but he could not share other details.

UPDATE: Prosecutor: slain man identified shooter

New 5:22 p.m. Wednesday:

Champaign County's top prosecutor said a man shot to death near downtown Champaign in August identified his killer before going into surgery.

Human case of West Nile Virus reported in Tolono

Tolono officials are again spraying for mosquitoes and are asking
residents to do their part after one person became sick with West Nile
Virus.

The village first alerted residents through its website and social media
on Tuesday. Mayor Rob Murphy later told News-Gazette Media that the person's
condition is improving, but he could not share other details.

Vermilion County coal mine close to first state permit

A long-planned coal mine in Vermilion County could soon get one of two state permits it needs to operate.

Sunrise Coal, based in Indiana, wants to set up its Bulldog Mine northeast of Allerton.

UI's 'Feed the Future' project extended thanks to $6 million from USAID

URBANA — A University of Illinois research project that aims to bring food security to Africa is getting $6 million in federal money.

Officials gathered Monday on campus to announce the grant from the U.S. Agency for International Development, which will extend the life of the "Feed the Future" project for another three years.

Trump Cabinet member touts propping up small businesses on UI stop

CHAMPAIGN — Giving small businesses a leg up emerged as a theme of U.S. Small Business Administrator Linda McMahon's visit to the University of Illinois Research Park on Monday.

Latest plan to stabilize Middle Fork near coal-ash pits to get more scrutiny

OAKWOOD — The public may get the chance to formally weigh in on the latest proposal by the owner of coal-ash pits near the Middle Fork River to stabilize sections of the waterway.

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Champaign council to vote on restoring yard-waste pickup for all residences

CHAMPAIGN — Ahead of the Champaign City Council's vote on restoring yard-waste and Christmas-tree collection to all residential properties, officials say they don't anticipate high demand or increased costs.

Public Works Director Dennis Schmidt said that since 2014, the city has only collected from single-family homes and apartment buildings with four or fewer units.

St. Joseph man gets probation for DUI, drugs in 2017 crash on I-74

URBANA — A St. Joseph man who admitted to being under the influence of drugs and causing a crash last fall on Interstate 74 will be on probation for two years.

Clayton Holzinger, 21, pleaded guilty Monday to felony unlawful possession of controlled substance and misdemeanor driving under the influence in the November 2017 crash.

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