Sewer work to affect traffic on Prospect Avenue

CHAMPAIGN — Traffic on Prospect Avenue in Champaign will be reduced on Thursday and Friday for sanitary sewer boring.

One southbound lane of Prospect will be closed between Baytowne Drive and Marketview Drive beginning at 7 a.m. Thursday to assist with the boring of sanitary sewer service for 1902 N. Prospect.

Woman charged with theft of credit cards

URBANA — A Champaign woman on probation for burglary for entering a business last year to use a forged check has been charged with a similar crime again.

Severe Thunderstorm Watch

The National Weather Service has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch for a portion of east central Illinois, in effect until 9pm Tuesday.  The following counties are included in the Watch area: Coles, Douglas, Edgar, Macon, Moultrie, and Shelby.

State employees demonstrate for collective bargaining

Tara McCauley of AFSCME talks about the reason state employees are demonstrating today.

Mahomet couple robbed in Urbana

URBANA — A couple from Mahomet reported to Urbana police that they were robbed at gunpoint late Sunday night in the southeast part of the city.

Urbana council endorses higher lodging, liquor taxes

URBANA — The city council next week could give formal approval to a 1 percentage point increase in the hotel-motel tax and create a 1 percent sales tax on package liquor after representatives supported Mayor Laurel Prussing's proposal on Monday night.

Danville council to vote on funds for upgrading railroad crossing

DANVILLE — The city hopes an upgrade of a railroad crossing on Lynch Road can be done by the end of this year.

But City Engineer David Schnelle said the railroad, CSX, has given no indication when the anticipated weeklong project will occur.

Watseka metal-products company gets $200,000 in OSHA fines

WATSEKA — A metal-products company has been fined more than $200,000 following incidents earlier this year in which two workers suffered amputation injuries.

United Way reviews support for Don Moyer Boys and Girls Club

CHAMPAIGN — The Don Moyer Boys and Girls Club has new officers following the resignations of four board members, even as the United Way re-examines its funding for the financially stressed agency.

The Don Moyer board met Saturday and chose Toney Tomaso, who stepped down as board president this spring after a two-year term, to resume that role effective Monday.

No decision made as Urbana City Council discusses panhandling ban

URBANA — City council members on Monday night made no decision on an ordinance that would prohibit some forms of panhandling, but they began exploring the First Amendment and what some call "moral" issues surrounding such a law.

The council will again consider the ordinance at its next committee-of-the-whole meeting in two weeks.