Project to close four downtown Champaign sidewalks

CHAMPAIGN – Construction will begin on downtown Champaign sidewalks, weather permitting, on Wednesday, at the following locations:

Rossville-Alvin schools, teachers reach tentative deal

ROSSVILLE – Rossville-Alvin Elementary School teachers could be working under a new three-year contract in a couple of weeks.

Ludlow makes choice on new water superintendent

LUDLOW – After months of searching, the Ludlow Village Board has found a replacement for its retiring water superintendent.

The board hired Rick Chenoweth to replace John Curtis, who was superintendent for 30 years until his Aug. 1 retirement.

Champaign police investigating weekend robberies

CHAMPAIGN – Police are investigating two separate robberies from over the weekend in Champaign.

In the latest incident, officers were sent to the Taco Bell at 1910 W. Springfield Ave., C, to investigate a reported robbery in progress at 10:16 a.m. Sunday, according to Rene Dunn, police spokeswoman.

Danville mayor takes heat for housing agency appointee

DANVILLE – Some local officials are questioning Mayor Scott Eisenhauer's decision to appoint a new person to the Danville Housing Authority commission in place of a longtime member who wants to continue serving.


Tonight, the Danville City Council will consider Eisenhauer's appointment of Don McLaughlin, co-founder of McLaughlin Asset Management, to the housing authority commission, replacing Celestine Crockett, a retired educator from the Danville school district who has served as commissioner since 2000 when she was appointed by former Mayor Robert Jones.

Restoration Urban Ministries looks for way to pay bills

CHAMPAIGN – The Rev. Ervin Williams, pastor and executive director at Restoration Urban Ministries, the faith-based social services agency in Champaign, will meet with residents today to talk about a notice that utilities will be shut off unless the organization pays its bills.

Agency faces utility shutoff over unpaid bill

CHAMPAIGN — Restoration Urban Ministries, the faith-based social services agency that drew a large crowd while asking for help from the Champaign City Council last week, now faces a deadline for paying its power bill.

Weekend accident reroutes I-57 traffic

RURAL ARCOLA — Southbound traffic on Interstate 57 was blocked for about 11 hours Saturday as crews cleaned up a spill of automobile batteries.

Area National Guard unit back safely from Afghanistan

KANKAKEE – Nick Mullett couldn't wait to eat some pizza, drink a beer, and see his family for the first time in almost a year.

But as the bus he was riding in moved slowly behind a parade of hundreds of motorcycles, police cruisers and firetrucks into downtown Kankakee, the Illinois National Guard member from Paxton couldn't help but notice what was happening right in front of him.

Teen riding ATV killed in collision with train

A 16-year-old White Heath boy was killed early Monday morning when the ATV
he was driving struck a moving freight train.