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Thomasboro rail crossing to get safety devices

THOMASBORO – State officials have given approval to a plan to improve safety at a Thomasboro railroad crossing.

State Rep. Bill Black, R-Danville, said the Illinois Commerce Commission had given its approval to install automatic flashing lights and gates at the North Street crossing over the Canadian National Railroad.


New Rantoul airport terminal proposed

RANTOUL – Rantoul officials have high hopes for the city's airport come 2010.

That's when officials propose demolishing perhaps the two largest unused buildings in the community – White Hall and Hangar Two – as the site for a new terminal building.


C-U MTD buses will no longer run along Mathews

URBANA – Traffic is expected to get a little lighter on Mathews Avenue now that buses will no longer be running along the campus street south of Green Street.

Effective this month, Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District buses instead are driving – and stopping – along Goodwin Avenue, one block to the east, instead of the stretch of Mathews south of Green to Nevada Street. Mathews is the first north-south street east of the Quad.


All roads lead to Newman township commissioner

NEWMAN – Half of Olen Kibler's life has been spent on the 63 miles of highways, gravel roads and bridges of Newman Township in southeast Douglas County.

As Newman Township highway commissioner, Kibler, 54, has been responsible for the maintenance, repair and clearing of those same roads for the last 27 years.


Danville bus usage up 42% since 2001-2002

DANVILLE – There don't seem to be any strangers on the 4:15 bus to Danville's east side Thursday afternoon.

Ebony Dowdell, 23, boards the bus at the Danville Mass Transit transfer station at Hazel and North streets for a ride home after a day of job hunting. The drizzle has just started and evening is on its way.


Two Douglas County bridges deemed unsafe

TUSCOLA – Two bridges in southeast Douglas County have been closed following the recommendation of the Illinois Department of Transportation on Monday.

The bridge on Township Road 1475 E over the Scattering Fork, as well as the bridge located on Township Road 750 N over the Brush Fork, were determined unsafe for traffic after a detailed structural analysis, according to a press release from the Douglas County Highway Department.


Teen-driving laws set to take effect Tuesday

SPRINGFIELD – New laws taking effect Jan. 1 will make it more difficult for teens to earn full driving privileges and grant parents a free online peek at their child's driving records.

"These new laws will make the roads safer for all of us, especially teen drivers, and will save lives," said a statement from Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White.


MTD seeking proposals on hourly car rental program

URBANA – Life without a car means no gasoline bills, parking fees, insurance – and no convenience.

Life with someone else's car – in this case, a joint program of the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District, the two cities and the University of Illinois – means convenience without the headaches.


Track remains out of service after derailment

MONTICELLO – The Norfolk Southern track in Monticello remained out of service this morning following a train derailment Thursday, a spokesman for the railroad said today.

Two locomotives and 28 of the 100 cars on the train derailed about 6:12 a.m. Thursday, Norfolk Southern spokesman Rudy Husband said.


Bradley Avenue project in hands of Mother Nature

CHAMPAIGN – Bradley Avenue in west Champaign could reopen to four lanes of traffic within a week or two, if the weather would cooperate and stay dry.

A $3.6 million reconstruction of Bradley between Mattis Avenue and Pomona Drive, just east of Duncan Road, is nearly finished, according to Assistant City Engineer Dave Clark. All that remains to be done is to apply a protective seal coat to the two south lanes that are now closed and then to stripe the lanes, he said.