Champaign budget proposals will include more cuts

CHAMPAIGN — Council members this week will see proposals for more cuts to the city's spending plan, but they are not as dramatic as the mid-year service reductions made to balance the current budget.

The council will meet in study session to discuss the budget proposals on Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the Champaign City Building, 102 N. Neil St.

Danville to consider adding officers at middle schools

DANVILLE — For the last eight years, a city police officer has walked the halls of Danville High School to deter and address disruptive incidents, act as a role model for students and build relationships with them.

Now Danville schools officials are looking to partner with the city to put officers in both of the middle schools.

Support sought for 4-H license plate

URBANA — Members of 4-H in Illinois are drumming up support for a specialty license plate.

Before the plate can be produced and be available, supporters need to show the secretary of state's office there is enough demand, said Angie Barnard, executive director of the Illinois 4-H Foundation, which is based on the University of Illinois campus.

Urbana mayor to release budget; no drastic cuts seen

URBANA — Budgeters do not expect Urbana will need to make dramatic spending cuts like its twin across Wright Street did earlier this year, but Comptroller Ron Eldridge said the city is still hurting financially.

Mutt Strut raises $22,000

CHAMPAIGN — A major fundraiser for the Champaign County Humane Society set a record Saturday, despite weather that threatened to call it off.

The Mutt Strut, held at Hessel Park in Champaign, raised $22,000 for the humane society. That's an increase of more than 20 percent over last year, according to a release from Megan Wolf of the society.

Man taken to hospital for mental evaluation following incident in Rantoul

RANTOUL — A man has been taken to an Urbana hospital for mental evaluation following a standoff in which a man with a rifle threatened to harm himself in Rantoul on Sunday morning.

According to a Rantoul police report, officers were called to the 1400 block of Fairway Drive in Rantoul at about 9 a.m. after receiving a report about the man.

Three people treated at hospital following crash in rural Homer

HOMER — Three people were treated at Carle Foundation Hospital following a two-vehicle crash in rural Homer on Saturday evening.

According to a state police report, Xiao Zhang, 23, of Urbana was driving a 2001 Audi east on County Road 1350N when she failed to stop at the stop sign at the intersection with Illinois 49.

Three people arrested following report of shots fired Saturday in Champaign

CHAMPAIGN — Three people were arrested following a report of shots fired Saturday night in Champaign.

According to a Champaign police report, officers responded to a report of shots fired in the 1000 block of West Beardsley Avenue at about 9 p.m. Saturday. Witnesses said they saw three people in a pickup truck leaving the area.

It's Your Business: Local interior designer's new business rests on pillows

A longtime local interior designer plans to spend her retirement years creating luxury, handcrafted pillows.

Brenda Stansberry of Champaign has worked at the Ethan Allen and Carter's Furniture stores and as an independent designer for more than 40 years.

Carpenter cooks up a good use for Urbana's fallen trees

MONTICELLO — For a piece of old Urbana, head to rural Monticello.

Thousands of board-feet of old ash trees, some taken from Urbana parks, are available from Mike Stevenson's wood shop and sawmill outside of Monticello.