Tracy Crane

Tracy Crane

Danville drivers will encounter county's first roundabout beginning today

DANVILLE — City officials are expecting some confusion from drivers who encounter Danville's first-ever roundabout at English and Jackson streets today.

The completely rebuilt intersection — two blocks north of Danville High School and a block south of the Danville Family YMCA — opens to traffic at 7 a.m.

Push building for hearing on plan to stabilize Middle Fork near coal-ash pits

OAKWOOD — Momentum is building for a public hearing where residents can voice concerns about a bank-stabilization project that is intended to protect the Middle Fork River from coal-ash pits at a closed power plant owned by Dynegy, which merged with Vistra Energy in April, but could also severely disrupt recreational activities on the river for up to a year.

Vermilion officials set adult mental-health first-aid training

DANVILLE — Vermilion County mental-health officials are launching a new series of mental-health first-aid training sessions for the public.

Royal treatment: Village president happy to hand off job after 28 years

ROYAL — In Royal, the title of mayor is nearly synonymous with the name Bob Vilven.

For most of the 65 years that the eastern Champaign County town of 293 people has been incorporated, one of two Bob Vilvens — father and son — has been mayor.

Vote on Eisenhauer's successor fulfills Danville alderman's dream

DANVILLE — After more than two hours of closed-door discussions Tuesday night, Danville aldermen voted 13-0 to appoint Alderman Rickey Williams Jr. as acting mayor.

Williams, who said it has been his long-term dream to be mayor, will take over for outgoing Mayor Scott Eisenhauer on Nov. 5, the same day Eisenhauer starts his new job as village administrator in Rantoul.

DREAAM House founder aims to create 'culture of young learners'

CHAMPAIGN — Tracy Dace often refers to the youth he works with as dreamers, but the program he launched three years ago goes way beyond that.

"They see us as do-ers," Dace said, describing how parents of the boys involved view DREAAM House — a proactive, pre-kindergarten-to-college pipeline program he started to cultivate academic excellence and leadership in black males.

Aqua Illinois working to fix two large main breaks in Danville

DANVILLE — Aqua Illinois officials were working through the night Tuesday to repair two large water-main breaks that occurred along North Vermilion Street that afternoon that led to water shooting 100 feet in the air.

Wooded area gifted to Danville likely to stay that way in near future

DANVILLE — City officials don't yet have specific plans for 180 acres of wooded property south of the Chateau Estates subdivision that's being donated to the city by a couple with local connections, but they're thinking any uses should be recreational.

Flex-N-Gate seeks $80K grant for Danville plant expansion

DANVILLE — In addition to $1.2 million in state tax incentives, local auto parts maker Flex-N-Gate is seeking another $80,000 from the city to buy equipment that will be used in the expansion of its Danville plant.

Talks on filling Danville mayor vacancy to be behind closed doors

DANVILLE — On Tuesday night, Danville aldermen will hash out behind closed doors who will fill the remainder of Mayor Scott Eisenhauer's term.

Four aldermen have expressed interest in the appointment to the mayor's office, which would begin Nov. 5, when Eisenhauer begins his new job in Rantoul as village administrator.

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