District 118, Danville team up to raze two houses

DANVILLE – The city of Danville and Danville school district are partnering to clean up a rundown area near the high school.

The school district is buying two pieces of property at 821 and 823 N. Hazel St. for a total of $14,000. Later this year, the city will demolish the vacant, dilapidated houses on the lots, haul away the debris and prepare the lot at no cost to the district.

Chief Illiniwek supporters want Dorris reinstated

University of Illinois Chief Illiniwek fans say they have collected 700 signatures in a student petition asking Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn to retain David V. Dorris as a trustee. The LeRoy attorney offered his resignation last month.

Mahomet-Seymour addresses peanut allergies

MAHOMET – The Mahomet-Seymour school district has prohibited the use of peanut products at one grade level while it takes steps to address peanut allergies districtwide.

Fourth-grade students at Lincoln Trail Elementary will no longer be allowed to have peanut products, a decision that went into effect with the first day of school on Aug. 20.

Lower property tax levy considered in Vermilion County

DANVILLE – For the third consecutive year, Vermilion County plans no increase in its property tax levy, which should translate into no tax increase for property owners throughout the county next year, at least on the county's portion of property tax bills.

Members of the county board's finance committee pointed out Monday night that the county doesn't control how much school districts, cities and villages ask for in property taxes, but the county's $11.6 million property tax levy will be $23,000 less than last year's.

Catholic Worker House making progress on repairs

CHAMPAIGN – Repairs are nearly finished at the Catholic Worker House in Champaign, but there are "no immediate plans" to reopen a shelter there.

Leigh Estabrook, a member of the steering committee, said staff and volunteers worked hard the past two months and corrected most of the problems cited by city inspectors.

Large pool of job-training funds available

CHAMPAIGN – Job-training money is plentiful this year, and Parkland College is encouraging area companies to take advantage of it.

The increased availability is "a great opportunity" for businesses expanding or wanting to train groups of people for specific jobs, said Joe Streit, program manager for Parkland College Business Training.

Remarks of chancellor to the UI senate

Here are the unedited remarks of University of Illinois Urbana Chancellor Richard Herman to the UI senate on Monday.

Danville council to decide on applying for beltway funds

DANVILLE - The Danville City Council will have its final say Tuesday night whether the city applies for a $45 million federal grant for the so-called beltline.

The long-studied, long-debated proposed highway would cross mostly farmland from Voorhees Street to Poland Road and provide direct access from Interstate 74 to land northeast of the city where economic development could occur.

Champaign council ponders towing fee to recover costs

CHAMPAIGN – Motorists whose cars are towed for violating public or private parking restrictions may face a new fee in Champaign.

The Champaign City Council will again discuss a proposed $25 towing administration fee, at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the council chambers, 102 N. Neil St., C.

Construction to close Interstate 74 ramps at Ogden

OGDEN – Entrance and exit ramps on Interstate 74 at Ogden will be closed intermittently beginning today while construction work goes on.

Message boards will be placed on the interstate informing traffic which ramps are closed. Motorists are encouraged to use the exits at St. Joseph and Fithian as well as U.S. 150 to travel around the closures.