Group's proposal for high-speed rail line includes C-U

CHAMPAIGN – The Midwest High Speed Rail Association wants to see a 220-mph high-speed rail line built that would link Champaign with Chicago and St. Louis.

The association held a news conference Tuesday morning at the Illinois Terminal to report that an engineering feasibility study it commissioned shows existing railroad right of way could be used to support a high-speed rail line running from Chicago through Kankakee, Champaign, Decatur and Springfield south to St. Louis.

Two injured in collision on Interstate 74 east of Urbana

URBANA – Two people were injured in a crash on Interstate 74 Tuesday morning.

According to an Illinois State Police report, Nichole Crail, 24, who listed an address in Decatur, was driving a beige 2004 Buick LeSabre east on I-74 east of Urbana at 8:23 a.m. when she decided to pull over to the left shoulder. Crail said she missed her turn and was looking for directions to find a way to turn around.

Stop Vermilion's Ice Cream Man when he's passing by

DANVILLE – Donny Jenkins still remembers it vividly.

He and his siblings would be playing outside when they would hear the oh-so-distinct chimes of the Good Humor ice cream truck. After hitting up their mom for money, they – along with other neighborhood kids – would follow the sound through the streets until it led them to the truck and its treasure trove of icy treats.

AmerenIP announces plans for 138,000-volt power line

URBANA – The public will help determine where a 138,000-volt power line proposed by AmerenIP will go.

That would supply enough power for a city of 20,000 to 40,000 homes, according to the Illinois Commerce Commission.

Space still available at several Vermilion summer camps

WESTVILLE – The Vermilion County Conservation District still has room in some of its summer outdoor camps for children at Forest Glen Preserve.

The camps are designed for specific age groups, and registration and fee payment are required in advance.

Rep. Black: It's the same old song, dance on budget crisis

SPRINGFIELD – As lawmakers ended their regular session Tuesday night with another wildly unbalanced budget, state Rep. Bill Black, R-Danville, said it all looked familiar to him.

"It's been the same circus for six years," said Black, the deputy House Republican leader. "This is so ridiculous. It's like the movie 'Groundhog Day.'"

Hoopeston Area teachers contract achieved in short order

HOOPESTON – The Hoopeston school district and its teachers union earlier this month were able to reach a new two-year contract in record time.

Dueling pianos go silent in Urbana

URBANA — Monday marked the swan song for 88 Broadway.

Danville woman injured in Champaign

CHAMPAIGN — A Danville woman was injured when she walked into the path of a truck in Champaign on Tuesday afternoon.

Fraternity house broken into, trophy stolen

Report of a theft from a fraternity house.