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Local governments gear up for possible record rainfall from Isaac

CHAMPAIGN — Utility and local government officials are preparing for a possible history-making rainfall this weekend as the remnants of Tropical Storm Isaac rumble across central Illinois.


C-U MTD looks at razing, rebuilding bus garage in east Urbana

CHAMPAIGN — Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District officials are examining whether they will be able to raze and rebuild a 36-year-old bus garage in east Urbana that they say is undersized.

"We have a potential window of opportunity for state funding," MTD Managing Director Bill Volk said Wednesday after the monthly MTD board meeting.


Parade to close Urbana streets

URBANA — Some streets in Urbana will be closed on Monday morning for the Champaign County AFL/CIO's annual Labor Day parade.

The parade is scheduled to start at 9:30 a.m.

Illinois Street will be closed to through traffic between Race Street and Vine Street for the parade staging area from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.


Work forces closure of Grandview

CHAMPAIGN — Grandview Drive between Cedar and Birch streets — on the east side of Hessel Park — will be closed today and Friday while storm-sewer improvements are made.

Local traffic can access driveways from Cedar Street.

The work begins at 7 a.m. today. The street is expected to reopen by 4 p.m. Friday.


Staley Road to be open for traffic beginning Friday

CHAMPAIGN— Staley Road in Champaign will once again be open for traffic beginning Friday following the completion of a road construction project.

Kris Koester, administrative services supervisor for Champaign public works, said Staley Road will be open between Bradley Avenue and U.S. 150 on Friday.


Unlike Champaign, Savoy car dealerships don't plan to move

     The head of Worden Martin Inc. said there are no plans to move its car dealerships out of Savoy, as plans are being made to move its Champaign location to the northern part of the city.


Traffic pattern altered around Cannon School

DANVILLE — Cannon Elementary School has implemented a new traffic pattern, which changes the direction of vehicle traffic into the school.

Now, motorists must enter from Bismark Street and exit onto Main Street, making a right-hand turn only.


Senator: Transit bill good for state, C-U

CHAMPAIGN — A federal transportation bill approved by Congress in late June will help Illinois, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin said Wednesday, but it's not enough.


Drivers reminded of school zone safety concerns

SAVOY — When Rose Hudson is working as a crossing guard for Champaign schools, she sees firsthand the dangers of drivers who aren't paying attention in school zones.

They may be speeding, or on their cellphones, or totally ignorant of the fact that they're in a school zone.

She has advice for drivers, just in time for the beginning of the school year.


Tickets issued in school zones

Tickets and warnngs issued for school zone violations in Champaign and Urbana since 2010:

Champaign

2010:

73 tickets or warnings for speeding in a school zone

218 tickets or warnings for cell phone use in a school zone

2011:

40 tickets or warnings for speeding in a school zone