City observers happy with progress of Second Street basin of Boneyard project

CHAMPAIGN – City council members and other staff on Tuesday took a walking tour of the unfinished Boneyard Creek Second Street basin, and they were happy with what they saw.

Street projects set for August in Gibson City

GIBSON CITY - City Superintendent Randy Stauffer announced Monday that August will be set aside for street projects.

Champaign council approves agreement with art league

CHAMPAIGN – The city council on Tuesday night supported a six-year agreement with the privately run Public Art League to cooperate in placing sculptures in various locations around the city.

Villa Grove tentative school budget in the red

VILLA GROVE - The tentative 2011 budget for the Villa Grove school district shows a deficit, based on a conservative estimate of $5.5 million in revenue for the upcoming fiscal year.

The estimated expenditures for the same year are $5.9 million, creating a deficit of $421,000.

Heritage school district faces potential deficit budget

Broadlands – Heritage schools Superintendent Allen Hall said a projected $600,000 shortfall in the district's education fund means hard choices are coming.

He asked school board members Monday to reflect on just how much they would be willing to raise the tax levy this year if the state should fail to pay out those annual funds.

New head of BP has ties to Champaign-Urbana

The new head of BP has Illinois ties.

First Busey reports second consecutive quarterly profit

CHAMPAIGN – First Busey Corp. reported a profit for the second quarter in a row, and the company said it expects "gradual improvement" in the months ahead.

The parent company of Busey Bank announced Tuesday that net income for the quarter that ended June 30 was $5.7 million, compared with a net loss of $19.1 million for the same quarter a year ago.

Pet of the Week Deuce

Deuce, a four year old boxer/bulldog mix is this week's Pet of the Week, available at the Champaign County Humane Society.

Champaign school board looks at complaints about employees

CHAMPAIGN – The Champaign school district is reviewing how it handles complaints against employees.

School board member Tommy Lockman requested the board look at the complaint policies and whether they needed to be revised so they are as "receptive and user-friendly" as possible. The board discussed them at a special meeting Monday evening.

Crimestoppers in Champaign County getting 'big bang for our buck'

With almost $175,000 worth of property and drugs recovered in 2009 and $7,100 paid in rewards to anonymous tipsters, officials with Crimestoppers of Champaign County feel like they're getting a sound return on their investment.

"We get a great big bang for our buck," said Champaign Police Deputy Chief Troy Daniels.