Urbana council endorses parking-fine increase

URBANA – Parking fines will likely increase in Urbana, but downtown shoppers will get a "courtesy ticket" for first-time parking violations under a plan being considered by the city council.

Council members, meeting as a committee of the whole Monday, unanimously approved forwarding the plan to the regular council meeting next week with a recommendation for approval.

Danville reiterates leaf-burning rules

DANVILLE – The city is reminding residents that it closely regulates leaf burning.

Larry Thomason, director of public safety, says the Danville Fire Division will enforce the leaf-burning ordinance if someone is found in violation. Possible fines range from $150 to $1,000 for each offense.

Danville house fire does at least $30,000 damage

DANVILLE – Danville firefighters were called out at 4:25 p.m. Monday for a house fire at 1320 E. Williams St.

When they arrived, they found heat had blown out the east and south windows of a bedroom at the back of the one-story, wood-frame house and fire was showing, said Capt. David Brady.

Title-service owner wins Danville Rotary honor

DANVILLE – People of Vermilion County are used to seeing Pat O'Shaughnessy heading a United Way campaign, chairing the Festival of Trees or, a few years ago, recruiting volunteers for the Balloon Classic, but he really does have an 8-to-5 job.

O'Shaughnessy was honored on Monday as the Danville Rotary Club's 2009 Vocational Service Person of the Year, and was asked to talk about himself and his career.

Trick-or-treat hours in area communities

Here are trick-or-treat hours in East Central Illinois.

UI faculty members applaud outgoing leaders

URBANA – At the prompting of Stanley Ikenberry, University of Illinois faculty stood and applauded the university's outgoing leaders Monday afternoon after they delivered their last formal addresses to the campus senate together.

Vermilion hopefuls file papers to run in primary

DANVILLE – There will be at least one contested race in next year's primary election.

Three Republicans filed papers to run for the two District 3 seats on the Vermilion County Board on Monday, the first day candidates could file.

Danville residents have time to comment on recycling proposal

DANVILLE – Residents in Danville have until Saturday to express their opinion to city officials about whether they would like a curbside recycling program.

Middle school students stand up for recycling

OAKWOOD – About 20 Oakwood Junior High students were going door to door Monday afternoon, asking residents if they want recycling and would pay a couple dollars for it.

Danville school district finalizes proposals for funds

DANVILLE – After months of planning, Danville school officials have finalized grant proposals for the $3.6 million in federal stimulus funding that the district is eligible to receive.

On Wednesday, they will present to school board members a proposal for $1.8 million in Title I funds, and one for $1.72 million in Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Part B and $63,000 in IDEA special-education early childhood funds.