Three injured in Piatt County accident

URBANA – A Mahomet man was recovering today from injuries received in a crash that also injured a Bement couple.

Gary Heath, 47, of Mahomet was listed in fair condition today at Carle Foundation Hospital. James Fitzgerald, 60, and Sandra Fitzgerald, 56, of Bement were treated and released at the hospital.

Champaign City Council to dig into snow removal issue

CHAMPAIGN – Donovan Finn is a graduate student who moved to Champaign from New York.

So he's no stranger to snowstorms. And he can't believe Champaign doesn't require property owners to shovel their sidewalks.

Library begins initiative aimed at small businesses

CHAMPAIGN – Connie Loe is trying to come up with a name for the greeting-card business she hopes to start.

The Champaign woman got guidance from a business consultant at – of all places – the Champaign Public Library.

Election season busy for sign maker


In a pole barn cramped with rolls of bulk vinyl , autographed University of Illinois basketballs and stacks of design books, Kathy Pichon's latest project – a banner for a local politician's birthday – blazed on a computer screen.

GCMS teacher promotes safe teen driving program

GIBSON CITY – There's an important deadline this week that doesn't have anything to do with filing income taxes..

This year the traditionally unlucky date of Friday the 13th could be a lucky day for area students.

In general, Danville election isn't a draw

DANVILLE – Gary Erickson plans to vote this month, but he might not have much company.

On April 17, Danville residents will choose whether to keep Mayor Scott Eisenhauer in office or replace him with contender Karen Jones-McKissack, as well as decide who their next aldermen will be. But if the primary election in February is any indication, many voters – perhaps thousands – might choose to stay away from the polls.

Champaign school district needs new board to build with

The to-do list for the Champaign school district looks something like this:

– Look at building needs, develop a plan for a bond referendum, including how to add 200 seats in north Champaign, and rally public support before the 2008 primary election;

– establish an alternative school program to start this fall;

'I'm happy because I'm here'

Antonio Aguas is not griping about much these days. In fact, he's just downright happy to be alive.

"I say, 'Thanks, God, for the second opportunity to be around,'" said the 43-year-old husband, father, brother, son and business owner.

Late last summer, Aguas lost six days of his life to kidnappers looking to be handed a chunk of the money that he's worked so hard to earn in the last 20 years.

Champaign City Council candidates

In the April 17 consolidated election, Champaign voters will elect three at-large city council members who represent the entire city. Six candidates are on the ballot.

Council candidates offer clear choices on most big issues

CHAMPAIGN – Bar owner Jim Cross says the smoking ban that went into effect Jan. 31 got him interested in city elections.

But now, to him, the April 17 election is about much more than just restoring the right to smoke in bars.

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