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UI aims to get Willard service to East Coast off ground

$500,000 grant to help land airline flying to D.C. , Philly, Atlanta, Detroit or elsewhere

CHAMPAIGN — The University of Illinois will work with selected airlines in the next month or so in hopes of arranging new service from Willard Airport to the East Coast, a UI official said.

Working in Champaign County

From a new Census Bureau report on county of residence and county of workplace, here is where people come from to work in Champaign County. From the American Community Survey, 2006-2010. 

Board to look inside MTD initially for new director

CHAMPAIGN — Before conducting a broader search, Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District board members will look inside the organization for a possible successor to longtime Managing Director Bill Volk.

Volk, who has headed the bus system since 1974, announced last year that he plans to retire in June 2014.

Danville school board approves 3-year extension for bus service

DANVILLE — The Danville school board on Wednesday approved retaining First Student Transportation as the district's bus service provider for the next three years.

Under a contract, which would run from fiscal year 2014 through 2016, the district will pay the company about $2.92 million for the first year of service, a 17 percent increase over the current amount of about $2.59 million.

Church Street between Neil, Randolph to be closed

CHAMPAIGN — Church Street between Neil and Randolph streets will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday while a tower crane is built at the site of the Hyatt Place hotel at 217 S. Neil St.

Through traffic will not be allowed, but customers to First Bank and those who must have local access can get in at Randolph and Church streets.

Danville Mass Transit cancels Champaign shuttle

DANVILLE — Due to expected snow and ice, Danville Mass Transit is cancelling two evening trips on its “10 Danville-Champaign” route today (Thursday, Feb. 21), according to a news release from DMT.

Danville Mass Transit considers fare hike for para-transit riders

DANVILLE — In the last 10 years, para-transit ridership in Danville has more than tripled, prompting Danville Mass Transit officials to propose fare increases for those who qualify for the specialized transportation that's mandated by the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Airline merger could bring new routes to Willard

Even though he said there is still much left to be decided, the head of Willard airport in Savoy said the merger of American Airlines and U.S. Airways could help the local airport.  Currently, American Eagle, which operates regional jets for American Airlines, serves Willard.

Part of Hickory closed for sewer work

CHAMPAIGN — A portion of Hickory Street in Champaign will be closed through next Wednesday due to sanitary sewer work.

Hickory Street has been closed between Eureka Street and North Street while Stephens Excavating repairs a broken sanitary sewer service at 908 N. Hickory St.

While through traffic will not be permitted, there will still be access to all affected properties.

Cold days in January bring record ridership

URBANA — For a month with above-average temperatures and below-average snowfall, January sure was a big month for bus ridership in Champaign-Urbana.

The Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District set a record for January riders, carrying 1,077,033 passengers. The previous January record was 927,630 in January 2012.