Accident scene cleared on I-74

OGDEN — METCAD reports the scene of an accident on Interstate 74 near the Champaign-Vermilion county line has been cleared

METCAD reported that a black truck headed east slid off the road into a ditch near mile marker 197 at about 5:36 p.m. Monday.

Emergency personnel from the Ogden-Royal and St. Joseph-Stanton fire departments were sent to the scene.

Driver escapes injury in rollover in Champaign

CHAMPAIGN — An 18-year-old was not injured when the car she was driving rolled over on Mattis Avenue on Monday morning.

Officers were sent to the intersection of Mattis and West Union Street just after 8 a.m. for a report of an accident, according to Rene Dunn, police department spokeswoman.

Champaign's checkbook 4

(Apologies from the earlier broken link.)

Here are copies of bills submitted to the city council for payment in Champaign. (These will open as pdf files in a new browser window.)

  • These are bills from April 29-May 13, 2010.

Information sought on robbery in Champaign

CHAMPAIGN – Champaign County Crimestoppers and Champaign police are seeking information about an aggravated robbery last month in Champaign.

According to Champaign police, two people were entering their vehicle in the circle drive of Hessel Park at approximately 7 a.m. April 20 when a man approached the driver's door.

Volunteers sought for cleanup of Carver Park, Stony Creek

DANVILLE – The city of Danville and Keep Vermilion County Beautiful are recruiting volunteers to participate in a cleanup day at the Carver Park and Stony Creek area.

This will be the second major Great American Cleanup event this year in Vermilion County.

New teen space opening today at Danville library

DANVILLE – On the second floor of the Danville Public Library beyond the biographies and back issues of magazines and newspapers, 19-year-old Holly Harrison sat in a chair lost in a paperback novel.

She felt far away from the activity at the circulation desk, in the children's area, even at the computer tables nearby, and that's just how the teen liked it.

Crime report

Police report the following:


– 0-100 block of East University Avenue: Park bench smashed on the ground, breaking it Saturday.

– 300 block of East Chalmers: Dumpster set on fire Saturday.

– 1600 block of South Neil Street: Cell phone stolen Friday.

Disaster drill scheduled May 25 at Willard Airport

SAVOY – Area residents should not be alarmed by a large turnout of emergency equipment and personnel near Willard Airport later this month.

On the morning of May 25 first responders will conduct a disaster drill involving a simulated plane crash near airport property.

Commencement speaker tells UI grads to answer 'The Big Why'

CHAMPAIGN – Tim Shriver challenged University of Illinois graduates on Sunday to pass a more important course that lies ahead: a course he calls, "The Big Why."

Shriver, the chairman and chief executive officer of Special Olympics International, delivered the commencement address at the university's 139th commencement.

Champaign council to hear summary of budget details

CHAMPAIGN – The city council will hear a wrap-up of budget details when it convenes this week as it prepares for a June adoption of a financial plan that includes more than $2 million in cuts.