Market Street closed near Illinois Terminal

CHAMPAIGN — A portion of Market Street near the Illinois Terminal parking lot is closed for emergency repairs.

"The road is falling apart," said Tom Schuh, operations manager for Champaign.

Douglas sheriff's office taking old ammunition

TUSCOLA – Douglas County residents can get rid of old or unsafe ammunition at an event this weekend at the Douglas County sheriff's office.

Operation Supervisor Lt. Clint Howard said the office will hold an old/unsafe ammo disposal event from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Feb. 18-20 at the sheriff's office, 920 S. Washington St., Tuscola.

Home sales begin year on positive note

SAVOY – Despite cold and snow, home sales in Champaign County proved stronger in January than they did a year earlier.

A total of 107 home sales were closed in January, compared with 88 home sales in January 2010, according to the Champaign County Association of Realtors' Multiple Listing Service.

Small towns near C-U grew quickly

Savoy, Mahomet and St. Joseph were the fastest-growing communities in Champaign County percentage-wise over the past 10 years, according to the Census Bureau.

Meanwhile, Champaign has moved from the 15th most populous city in Illinois to 11th, and Champaign County is now among the state's top 10 counties in terms of population.

Most Vermilion County towns lost population

DANVILLE – A majority of the cities and towns in Vermilion County lost population in the last 10 years, including Danville, but some of the smaller rural towns posted increases.

Bill calls for inspector general for state universities

SPRINGFIELD – There would be a special inspector general to investigate charges of fraud and mismanagement in Illinois' higher education system under a bill (SB131) approved 6-3 by a Senate committee Tuesday.

Area becomes more diverse, census says

Champaign County has grown more ethnically diverse since the 2000 Census, the new 2010 figures show, both in the twin cities and in many villages.

Vermilion County's biggest city, Danville, also has become more diverse in the past 10 years.

In Champaign County, the fastest growth was seen in Asian and Hispanic populations.

Freshman lawmaker takes friendly initiation in stride

SPRINGFIELD – State Rep. Chad Hays, R-Catlin, got his first bill out of committee Tuesday, but not without some freshman hazing from other members of the House Agriculture Committee.

Workshop on starting tech business set Feb. 26

CHAMPAIGN – A workshop about what it takes to start a technology-related business is scheduled Feb. 26 at the University of Illinois.

The "Invention to Venture" workshop will run from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the Coordinated Science Laboratory, 1308 W. Main St., U.

Danville hospital filled with salutes to veterans

DANVILLE – Veterans Affairs Illiana Health Care System was abuzz with visitors Tuesday in honor of the National Salute to Hospitalized Veterans.