Work to close section of Neil Street

CHAMPAIGN — Both lanes of Neil Street will be closed in downtown Champaign for about a week while fire and water services are being connected to the new Hyatt Place development at 217 N. Neil St.

Neil Street will be closed between Church Street and Park Avenue beginning Tuesday. Southbound traffic on Neil Street will be directed both east and west at Church Street.

Part of Winchester in Champaign to be closed for pavement fixes

CHAMPAIGN — A portion of Winchester Drive in south Champaign will be closed this week while a portion of pavement is repaired.

In order to complete a large pavement repair at 1802 Winchester Drive, Feutz Contractors will close Winchester between Broadmoor and Brookhaven drives at 7 a.m. Monday. Weather permitting, it will reopen at 5 p.m. Thursday.

Gearhead of the Week: Fred Strater

Fred Strater of Rantoul talks about his 1967 GMC shortbed pickup truck.

Closing of Bloomington airport tower delayed

BLOOMINGTON — The air traffic control tower at Central Illinois Regional Airport in Bloomington will remain open longer than previously thought.

Officials at the Bloomington-Normal Airport Authority received word Friday afternoon that the Federal Aviation Administration will delay the closure of the air traffic control tower in Bloomington until June 15.

Bridge work to close I-57 on three nights

CHAMPAIGN — The Illinois Department of Transportation announced Thursday that work on the bridge carrying Windsor Road over Interstate 57 will require closures on I-57 three nights next week for the partial removal of the old bridge.

The closures on I-57 will begin at 10 p.m. on April 9, 10 and 11, and the interstate will be reopened the following mornings by 6 a.m.

Century of transportation in Champaign-Urbana on display at Illinois Terminal

CHAMPAIGN — Crisp and clear, the past is here.

On the walls of the Illinois Terminal are displayed a downtown Champaign not seen for decades.

Looking west on Main Street, there's Vriner's confectionary, the old Champaign Daily News and, looming over the background, the only recently lost Metropolitan Building.

Central Illinois Daily Life: April 1- April 8


Images of people and events as seen through the eyes of News-Gazette photographers.


Students aim for 100 mpg

URBANA — It's quite an accomplishment to build a vehicle that can achieve 2,000 miles per gallon, but would your average driver want to drive that futuristic car down Green Street?

Gearhead of the Week: Robert Swider

Robert Swider of Danville talks about his 1968 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu.

Fiscal worries force MTD to mull fare hike

CHAMPAIGN — With uncertainty over state funding, health care costs and proposed service changes, members of the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District board face their toughest budget decisions in many years.