Urbana council to vote on gas tax

URBANA – City council members in Urbana are scheduled to vote Monday night on a local motor fuels tax that could rise by 20 percent per year for three years.

Man mugged at gunpoint in Champaign

CHAMPAIGN – A Champaign man reported being mugged at gunpoint late Wednesday night as he rode his bike in the north part of the city.

A Champaign police report said the 52-year-old Champaign man was riding near the intersection of Beardsley Avenue and Market Street about 10:30 p.m. when he was approached by a group of five men.

Weather's right for West Nile virus

URBANA – Clean your gutters, flush your bird baths and wear insect repellent – mosquito experts say the longer the weather stays dry, the higher the risk for West Nile virus.

This year's wet spring weather kept down the number of Culex mosquitoes, which carry the virus. But the recent dry spell has increased the risk that the species is multiplying.

Public housing complexes may get replacements in Champaign-Urbana

CHAMPAIGN – Two older local family public housing complexes could be demolished and replaced in the future if a federal grant is given to the Champaign County Housing Authority.

Man faces charges in incident at pool

URBANA – A man accused of inappropriately touching young boys at a Champaign park is due back in court next month.

Catlin High School misses state testing goal

CATLIN – School officials learned Thursday that – despite making improvements – too many Catlin High School students underperformed on standardized state math tests last spring for their school to meet the state's adequate yearly progress goals.

Last year, Catlin High failed to meet adequate yearly progress in math and reading.

Urbana man charged with making threat

URBANA – An Urbana man who police say threatened to kill employees at The News-Gazette unless his letter to the editor was published has been charged with making a terrorist threat.

Police say driver waves gun at another driver in downtown Champaign

CHAMPAIGN – A driver waved a gun at another driver in Champaign Friday afternoon, police say.

The incident, which took place about 3 p.m., started near the Colonial Pantry at 211 W. University Ave.

A 27-year-old man encountered a male driving north on Randolph Street, near the curb, in the marked parking spaces, according to Rene Dunn of the police department

Negotiations resume Friday in Mahomet-Seymour

MAHOMET — School board representatives and the Mahomet-Seymour Education Association’s bargaining team were to meet again Friday evening after a six-hour negotiation on Thursday.

The session scheduled for Friday at 6 p.m. is the first to be held with a federal mediator.