PARIS – The Illinois Department of Transportation has announced that, weather permitting, work will begin Monday on Illinois 130 in northern Douglas and southern Champaign counties.
The project includes 9.1 miles of pavement patching, milling and resurfacing of Illinois 130 from the north city limits of Villa Grove to Madison Street in Philo.
Across-road culverts, side road and entrance culverts will be replaced. New ditches will also be constructed to improve drainage. New storm sewer, curb and gutter will be constructed in Philo.
SPRINGFIELD – The University of Illinois' smallest campus has reached agreement with five of its seven civil service unions to take furloughs or other unpaid leave.
At the Urbana campus, unionized workers are exempt from furloughs, and there's no likelihood of that changing.
"We haven't asked them to" take furloughs, said Robin Kaler, the chief spokeswoman for the Urbana campus. She said she didn't predict any change in the near future.
OAKWOOD – Herbie. He was always just Herbie.
"I was always amazed, you could go anywhere, even away from here and people would know Herbie," said Rick White of his friend and fellow Vermilion County Fair Board member. "I never heard somebody speak bad about him either."
Harold "Herbie" Hadden lost his long fight with cancer this past week.
He was involved with the fair board for 42 years, 12 as the board president.
Worden-Martin Inc. will change the location of some of its dealerships Monday as the result of growth in its Ford Motor Co. and Subaru businesses.
The Ford-Lincoln-Mercury dealership will adopt the name "Ford City" and remain at its 300 Carriage Center location off South Neil Street in Champaign.
But sales of Ford trucks and some sport-utility vehicles will move nearby to their own Ford Truck Center building at the northwest corner of Neil Street and Devonshire Drive.
CHAMPAIGN – Tonight's the last call at the White Horse Inn.
The venerable Campustown watering hole is closing today after a year-and-a-half resurrection.
Aidas Mattis, one of the partners in the bar and restaurant, said several factors – "mainly financial" – figured in the decision to close.
"You can tell just talking to (beer) distributors how bad off everyone is," Mattis said. "Students rely on their parents to get money to live on, and when the money isn't there, then it gets even worse."
ST. JOSEPH – Drivers on Interstate 74 can expect to slow down west of St. Joseph and northeast of Fithian for the next three months for bridge repairs.
Illinois Department of Transportation Construction Field Engineer George Davis said contractors will be adding support to four bridges to prevent erosion damage.
Two of the affected bridges carry I-74 over Salt Fork Creek west of St. Joseph. The other two carry I-74 over Stony Creek northeast of Fithian.
HOOPESTON — Firefighters have been called back to a home in Hoopeston where a fire rekindled.
Firefighters from Hoopeston, Rossville, Rankin and Wellington responded to an early morning fire Friday at 1101 block of South Second Avenue in Hoopeston.
Ambulances were also called to the scene at that time, but there are no reports of injuries.
At 3 p.m., firefighters were sent back on the scene after the fire rekindled, according to the Hoopeston Police Department.
DANVILLE — The Danville school district is proposing to eliminate 82 ½ positions and $300,000 in other expenses in the upcoming fiscal year due to the state’s financial crisis.
Administrators said they’re devastated to have to lay off so many employees. But they said the nearly $5.25 million in proposed staff cuts is needed to ensure the viability of all of the district’s non-grant-funded programs and its financial soundness as it heads into a new year of uncertainty in state funding.
CHAMPAIGN — Mayor and Liquor Commissioner Jerry Schweighart on Friday announced several emergency orders that will be in place for the “Unofficial St. Patrick’s Day” event UI students will hold on March 5.
Bars in the campus area must raise their minimum entry age from 19 to 21 during Unofficial, and they must also have a doorman aged 21 or older checking identification at the entrance.