Labor Day parade's theme marks group's 50th year

URBANA – "We Are One – 50 Years of Labor United" will be the theme of the annual AFL-CIO parade, to be held in conjunction with the annual Labor Day picnic Monday in Urbana.

The parade will begin at 10 a.m. at Illinois Street and Broadway Avenue, just south of Lincoln Square Village. It will continue south on Broadway Avenue, then east on Washington Street to Lierman Avenue.

VA planning event to mark Iraq, Afghanistan vets' return

Veterans Affairs Illiana Health Care System will host a Welcome Home for Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans from 3 to 7 p.m. Sept. 12 at Camp Lincoln in Springfield.

There will be food, prizes, children's games, live music and information on veterans' ben- efits, programs and services.

Healey Street construction closures start today

CHAMPAIGN – Construction on the brick-surface rehabilitation project on Healey Street will continue, weather permitting, today between Lynn and New streets.

The project consists of brick-surface patching, curb and gutter replacement, sidewalk replacement and sidewalk ramp construction.

Campus senate delays decision on Herman, White

URBANA – Campus leaders have two weeks to consider speeches by the top two University of Illinois administrators.

Railroad remains obstacle for trail project

URBANA – A plan to develop a 24.5-mile recreation trail between Urbana and western Vermilion County is moving along, including two public hearings scheduled for this month.

Several state tax increases take effect today

Next time you take a sip of that Cabernet or nibble on a chocolate bar, you're indirectly paying for state construction projects such as the Lincoln Hall remodeling, improvements to some Vermilion County roads and upgrades to state bicycle trails.

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.