Windsor Road project in Urbana will shift lanes starting Wednesday

URBANA – Work is about 50 percent complete on the $6.1 million Windsor Road reconstruction project, according to Urbana's public works department. The project is still expected to be finished by the end of November although some weather-dependent items may wait until next spring.

Critics: Tax would hurt more than just gas sales in Urbana

URBANA – There are different opinions on whether a new gas tax in Urbana would drive customers away.

Even gas tax wouldn't replenish funds for road maintenance in Urbana

URBANA – Local officials across the country are trying to fill holes in their budgets when it comes to fixing potholes and repairing streets.

In May, Urbana Mayor Laurel Prussing proposed a 2-cent-per-gallon local motor fuels tax to fill the gap between rising costs and falling state motor fuels tax revenues.

Ikenberry's presidential terms markedly different

Springfield isn't quite the same place it was when Stanley Ikenberry retired as University of Illinois president in 1995, political analysts say.

The UI endured a few lean budget years during Ikenberry's first 16-year term, but overall it enjoyed relatively robust budgets, said Kent Redfield, professor of political science at the UI Springfield.

Fourth of July celebration at Arthur 2010

Arthur's  Fourth of July Fireworks celebration in Jurgens Park in Arthur, IL. Saturday  July 3, 201


Car hits house after accident

Champaign police and firefighters examine a car that collided with a house at 1606 W. Springfield in Champaign on Saturday, July 3, 2010. Police said the driver of the vehicle left a parking  lot on the south side of Springfield Avenue, struck a westbound vehicle and ended up against the  house. The driver was transported to a hospital for treatment.

Illinois American switches to monthly billing this month

CHAMPAIGN – Some customers of Illinois American Water Co. will start receiving monthly instead of bi-monthly water bills starting this month.

Probation violation brings seven-year prison term

URBANA – A Bloomington man who admitted he violated the probation he received for punching a woman in the face was resentenced Friday to seven years in prison.

Champaign County Judge Tom Difanis recommended Titus Brockman, 20, for the Department of Corrections' boot camp program.

Crimes reported to police

In crimes reported to area police: