City OKs new pact on transit

DANVILLE – Mass-transit workers will receive a 4 percent increase under a new contract approved by the city council Tuesday night.

The Danville city council approved a three-year agreement with employees from the Laborers' International Union of North America Local 703 after a brief closed session.

County Board member resigning to take job in Indiana

CHAMPAIGN – Scott Tapley today announced plans to step down from the Champaign County Board as a result of taking a new job in Indiana.

Tapley, a Champaign Republican who represents southwest Champaign County, is joining 1st Source Corp. Investment Advisors in South Bend on Dec. 10. But he said he hasn't decided specifically when he'll resign from the county board.

Man charged in sex abuse case following traffic stop

URBANA – A man with ties to Champaign County was charged Monday with aggravated criminal sexual abuse for allegedly committing sex acts with a teen runaway from Arizona.

Ryan Nibbe, 28, for whom authorities listed addresses in Tucson, Ariz., and Rantoul, is scheduled to be back in Champaign County Circuit Court on Dec. 4. State's Attorney Julia Rietz said Nibbe was arrested Thursday in north Urbana about 1 p.m. by Illinois State Police who pulled his vehicle over for a traffic violation on U.S. 45 near Kenyon Road.

Details sought on possible shooting

CHAMPAIGN – Police are asking citizens to help with information about a possible shooting in Champaign.

Police spokeswoman Rene Dunn said a witness at a business in the 2300 block of West Springfield Avenue claimed an unknown man came into the store about 11:40 p.m. Monday and claimed he had been shot, but then left.

Man accused of burglary; others reported

An 18-year-old Urbana man is accused of going into a car in an Urbana parking lot looking for money.

Cory A. Shoemaker, who listed an address on Toni Lane, was arraigned and pleaded innocent Monday to a charge of burglary to a motor vehicle. His bond was set at $3,000 and he is due to return to court for a pretrial hearing Dec. 18.

Eight Tuscola football players to miss title matchup

TUSCOLA – Eight members of the Tuscola High School football team were suspended from the team on Monday but will remain in school, days before the team plays for the state title.

Tuscola School Superintendent Joe Burgess said the students will be suspended from extracurricular activities for violating the school's athletic code, but will not be suspended from school.

Apartment project in Campustown may grow

CHAMPAIGN – A high-rise apartment project going up on Green Street in Campustown is poised to get even bigger.

A city planning official said Monday that Campus Acquisitions LLC has purchased the College Corner Mall building at Fourth and Green streets through a limited liability company and is proposing to construct a 20-story apartment building at 311 E. Green St. The building would become part of an already-under-construction 24-story apartment project at 309 E. Green St.

Warriors move forward as title game approaches

TUSCOLA – Instead of coordinating ticket sales and preparing for Friday's Class 1A state championship football game, Tuscola officials on Monday found themselves scrambling to deal with the fallout stemming from an incident over the weekend in which a number of teens – several of which were Tuscola football players – allegedly were found to be in possession of and drinking alcohol in rural Douglas County.

On Monday morning, Tuscola coach Stan Wienke confirmed that several football players were involved in the incident and would not be with the team for Friday's state championship game against undefeated Galena at Memorial Stadium. But he and other Tuscola officials, citing privacy regulations, refused to identify any students involved in the incident.

Five-story complex to replace former Bidwell's building

CHAMPAIGN – A vacant Campustown building that long housed Bidwell's tavern and later Cochrane's tavern is expected to be torn down next year to make way for a five-story retail/office complex.

The three-story building at 619 S. Wright St. will likely come down "in the next couple of months" so construction on Campus Centre can begin, said Laura Pime of Northbrook-based Gregory Realty Group, which is developing the new building.

Northgate Plaza in Urbana welcomes tenant

URBANA – A new Harbor Freight Tools store is slated to open in the former bingohall space at Urbana's Northgate Plaza.

Harbor Freight Tools – a retail chain operated by Camarillo, Calif.-based Central Purchasing Inc. – has agreed to lease about 16,000 square feet in the shopping center at Cunningham Avenue and Perkins Road, according to John Kiser of James Burch Real Estate.