Traffic jam on I-74 in Vermilion County

FITHIAN — A semitrailer tractor truck that lost a tire has traffic backed on for a couple miles on Interstate 74 near Fithian.

A telecommunicator for the state police post at Pesotum said a truck in the westbound lanes lost a tire about 2:35 p.m., which rolled across both lanes damaging six cars in the process.

16-year-old arrested in beating in Champaign

URBANA – A 16-year-old Champaign youth said he was upset over being dumped by his girlfriend and having been bumped by a man whose face he slugged last week.

Urbana man faces aggravated child porn charge

URBANA – A 23-year-old Urbana man, already accused of a sex crime with a child, has been charged with aggravated child pornography for possessing and sharing violently graphic images of unidentified children engaged in sex acts.

Video on bike safety to be shown next week

CHAMPAIGN – Hop on your bike next week, ride downtown (don't forget your helmet) and watch a locally produced bicycle education video at the Art Theater.

Software company opens center in Research Park

CHAMPAIGN – Canadian software company Infobright has opened a satellite development center in EnterpriseWorks at the University of Illinois Research Park.

Infobright, based in Toronto, Ontario, markets a high-performance analytic database designed to support companies' needs for analytics and business intelligence.

I-74 near Mahomet reopened following three-vehicle mishap

MAHOMET  — All lanes of traffic on I-74 near Mahomet reopened about 9 a.m. after a three-vehicle accident earlier Friday.

Sgt. Bill Emery said a box truck carrying paper products was headed east on 74, just east of the Prairieview Road exit, when it slowed about 7:20 a.m. for an unknown reason.

Consultant hired to do area labor survey

CHAMPAIGN – The Champaign County Economic Development Corp. has hired a consulting firm to survey area employers about their work force.

The firm, Growth Services Group of Jefferson City, Mo., is expected to send the survey to employers electronically next week, said Erik Kotewa, deputy director of the economic development group.

Comedian Dane Cook coming to Assembly Hall Nov. 11

CHAMPAIGN – Comedian Dane Cook will perform Nov. 11 at the University of Illinois Assembly Hall in Champaign.

The show wills start at 7:30 p.m., and tickets range in price from $34.75 to $69.50. The first 3,000 tickets sold to UI students will be eligible for a $10 discount.

Danville gets $3 million for Fairchild subway work

DANVILLE – A $3 million federal grant awarded this week puts the city halfway to covering the approximately $20 million price tag for replacement of the deteriorating Fairchild Street subway.

Danville city officials were "very excited" Thursday to learn of the Community Trade Assistance Grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce.