Town hall meeting for veterans set for Tuesday in Urbana

URBANA — Area veterans can talk about government issues that affect them at a town-hall meeting planned for Tuesday in Urbana.

The meeting will be at 3 p.m. Tuesday at the Urbana Free Library Auditorium, 210 W. Green St.

No MTD service on Labor Day

CHAMPAIGN — There will be no Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District service on Monday in observance of Labor Day.

MTD spokeswoman Jan Kijowski said normal MTD service will resume on Tuesday.

MTD has hundreds of cameras on buses

URBANA – The Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District is moving full speed ahead into the security camera age, adding hundreds of cameras on its fleet of buses and vans.

Civil libertarians seek written policies on cameras' use

The growing use of security cameras in public places is a concern to civil libertarians, according to Esther Patt, president of the Champaign County chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union.

Smile: You're likely on someone's camera

Although some local officials are reluctant to talk about it, it appears there are at least 2,000 video cameras in operation on public property in Champaign-Urbana.

And literally thousands more cameras will be coming online in the next few years, particularly on the University of Illinois campus.

It's Your Business: My Thai restaurant opening in Champaign

The owners of Siam Terrace in Urbana have opened a second restaurant in Champaign.

My Thai, at 2312 W. Springfield Ave., serves up Thai food, such as pad Thai and basil fried rice, and sushi, such as a crunchy roll with tuna and avocado served tempura-style with a spicy sauce.

Labor Day: The woodworkers

By SUSAN KANTOR/For The News-Gazette

This is part of a two-day look at the trades in East Central Illinois.

Instead of buying toys from a store, Jason Bluhm made planes and tanks for his GI Joes out of wood.

That hobby expanded to building furniture.

Then that hobby became a career.

Easter's eye on retirement once UI hires replacement

URBANA – Interim Chancellor Robert Easter says he will retire once the University of Illinois chooses a new chancellor and has no interest in the permanent job, or any other administrative post.

Summary of Champaign, Urbana burglary reports in August

The Champaign County dispatching agency fielded 168 reports of burglaries during August in Champaign and Urbana.

Statistics from Metropolitan Computer-Aided Dispatch, which dispatches Champaign and Urbana police and most other emergency agencies in Champaign County, show 118 reports of burglary in Champaign and 50 in Urbana.

Labor Day: The dressmakers

By SUSAN KANTOR/For The News-Gazette

This is part of a two-day look at the trades in East Central Illinois.

When Tina Colombo needed a dress for a special occasion as a girl, she didn't go to the mall or nearest dress store. She sewed something herself.