Mother's Morning Out program looking for new home

CHAMPAIGN – Mother's Morning Out, a popular preschool and drop-in child care program in downtown Champaign, is looking for a new home after 42 years.

Begun as a mission of First Presbyterian Church, 302 W. Church St., the program will move to a new location at the end of the school year.

Champaign man charged with sexual assault

URBANA — A Champaign man has been charged with sexually molesting young girls and taking lewd pictures of them.

Part of Third Street to be closed

CHAMPAIGN – A portion of Third Street in Champaign will be closed for two days while work crews install a water main as part of the Boneyard Creek improvement project.

Third Street between Clark Street and White Street will be closed from 7 a.m. Thursday until 5 p.m. Friday to allow for the construction of a 6-inch-diameter water main along Clark Street.

Men released without charges in UI incident

URBANA — Two men arrested by University of Illinois police over the weekend for a robbery on campus were released without charges Monday.

Police increasing patrols at UI after string of robberies

University of Illinois Police Chief Barbara O'Connor said her department is increasing patrols in the campus area following a series of robberies over the weekend.

Poverty-focused community Web site goes live

A news and community Web site focusing on poverty and related issues in Champaign County will open today.

Called CU-Citizen Access, the site at will offer a place for citizens, journalists and university students to share news, raise and discuss issues, link into social-media networks and receive news and content on mobile phones.

Meeting to focus on 'multiuse' path on High Cross Road

URBANA – Plans for a pedestrian and bicycle path along High Cross Road on the east side of Urbana will be discussed at a meeting Dec. 22.

The informational meeting hosted by the Urbana Public Works Department is set for 5 to 7 p.m. Dec. 22 in the second-floor meeting room at Stone Creek Golf Club, 2600 Stone Creek Blvd.

Tanker-truck driver hurt after rig overturns on I-74

OGDEN – A Pana man was hospitalized after his tanker truck loaded with corn syrup overturned on Interstate 74 east of Ogden on Monday, blocking eastbound traffic for hours.

According to state police, Dewayne L. Brown, 59, was driving east on I-74 when he fell asleep at the wheel at 6:24 a.m. Monday. As his truck drifted into the median. Brown awoke and tried to pull back onto the road, but the truck overturned.

Georgetown schools' levy hike to raise tax bills slightly

GEORGETOWN – School officials approved a $2.80 million tax levy for the upcoming year on Monday, which is expected to generate an additional $111,640 for the district.

Superintendent Greg Irwin said he expects the value of property within the district to increase by about $1.8 million to a total of about $60.8 million, allowing the schools to collect more money while only increasing the tax rate by a small amount.

Hours extended for sign-up, early voting in Danville

DANVILLE – The Danville Election Commission is adding Saturday hours to its normal hours for voter registration and in-person absentee or early voting before the Feb. 2, 2010, primary election.

The commission office will open from 9 a.m. to noon Dec. 19 and 26 and Jan. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30.