Urbana council OKs relocation of Ameren main on North Lincoln

URBANA — The city council unanimously approved an ordinance Monday to relocate an Ameren distribution main lying under the spot where North Lincoln Avenue is being constructed.

Mike Monson, the mayor's chief of staff, said the relocation will push the street's completion back from this year to the next.

Ex-Champaign County administrator backs elected board chair

URBANA — Former Champaign County Administrator Deb Busey, who earlier this summer voiced support for the idea of an elected county executive, said Monday she now prefers a county board chair who is elected countywide.

Service Club of the Week: Martin F. Vutrick American Legion Post 51, Westville

Staff writer Tim Mitchell's weekly look at area do-gooders.


Commander: Troy Strebin.

Origin: Founded in the 1940s, the post was named after Martin F. Vutrick, the first person from the area to die in World War I.

Area history, Sept. 20, 2016

Today is Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Ammons weighing run for Urbana mayor

URBANA — One city council member has already announced a run for mayor, and another might be soon behind.

With two months to go before the filing deadline for the April 4 election, Alderman Aaron Ammons says he is equally considering two options — running for the Ward 3 seat he was appointed to in January 2015 or joining Diane Marlin in the race for the city’s top job.

Wal-Mart closes purchase

NEW YORK (AP) — Wal-Mart said Monday it has completed its deal to buy fast-growing online retailer for $3 billion in cash plus $300 million in stock, an acquisition aimed at helping the world's largest retailer attract younger and more affluent customers to drive online sales.

Construction begins on Douglas County annex building

TUSCOLA — When storms, flooding or other disasters threaten Douglas County in the coming years, emergency management personnel will have a new building to operate out of.

Vermilion conservation district weighing bonds for park updates

DANVILLE — Officials with the Vermilion County Conservation District are in the early stages of considering a bond issue that would generate money for some parks-improvement projects that have been deferred because there's not enough money in day-to-day operations to pay for them.

'This is my community'

SAVOY — When Namsoo Hyong first came to the United States from Korea in 1980, it was to study martial arts under his brother.

A Korean government scholarship recipient, Nam Kwon Hyong had arrived at the University of Illinois in 1969 and started the HMD Academy of Tae Kwon Do a year later.

This day in history, Sept. 20, 2016

Today is Tuesday, Sept. 20, the 264th day of 2016. There are 102 days left in the year.

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