Tax proposal for Rossville fire station will be on April ballot

ROSSVILLE – The Rossville Fire Protection District board took another step toward getting the money needed for its new fire station at its meeting Monday.

Board members voted in favor of an ordinance to put a bond issue on the April ballot.

Champaign City Building project to further clog streets

CHAMPAIGN – Downtown traffic is bad enough these days. But it could get worse in a few months.

Traffic has been disrupted since Nov. 10, when North Neil Street was closed at Main and Church streets in the aftermath of the Nov. 7 fire that destroyed the Metropolitan Building.

City officials fear that a building at 215 N. Neil St., also damaged by the fire, could collapse into the street. Insurance company disputes are slowing efforts toward a demolition that could end the street closure.

But things sometimes do get worse – and that would be the case if the city goes ahead with an estimated $1.7 million masonry project at the city building, scheduled to start March 1, while Neil is also closed.

Victims of intruders arrested on charges

URBANA – A man and a woman who reported being robbed at gunpoint in their Urbana apartment were arrested as police who responded found marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Demario Q. Huff, 25, and Treena Feauto, 21, who both listed an address in the 2400 block of Prairie Green Drive, were arrested early Sunday on charges of possession with intent to deliver marijuana, according to an Urbana police report.

Rantoul board set to vote on community design standards

RANTOUL – After more than a year of studies, debates and revisions, Rantoul's proposed new community-design standards could become a reality Tuesday night.

The Rantoul Village Board is expected to vote at its meeting at 6:15 p.m. on the final revision to an ordinance that will set new requirements for builders of new homes and commercial and industrial buildings as well as for retrofitted or remodeled buildings in Rantoul.

140 Danville Walgreen's workers offered retirement and severance packages

DANVILLE – About 140 salaried workers at the Walgreen's accounting office in Danville have about two weeks to consider the voluntary retirement and severance packages they have been offered as part of a company initiative to cut 1,000 jobs and "rewire for growth."

Michael Polzin, spokesman for Walgreen Co., said once the two-week consideration period is over, the company will evaluate the numbers and decide in February about whether involuntary reductions are necessary.

FBI puts out call for thousands of workers to fill ranks

SPRINGFIELD – The FBI is looking for nearly 3,000 people to become special agents or support staff nationwide.

Marshall Stone, supervisory special agent for the FBI Springfield Division office, said it is "one of the largest hiring blitzes in our 100-year history."

Champaign police seek suspect in van theft at health center

Champaign County Crimestoppers and Champaign police this week are seeking help in solving a vehicle theft case.

Someone stole a vehicle from the parking lot at the Frances Nelson Health Center, 819 W. Bloomington Road, C, between 1 and 5 p.m. Dec. 31. The white-and-gold 1999 Ford Windstar van was wrecked and abandoned. The victim reported the several items were removed before police recovered the van.

Two charged with battery after fight in Urbana parking lot

URBANA – Three people were battered and two men accused of the battery in a fight just after midnight on Saturday in the parking lot of the former Jolly Roger restaurant on the 100 block of Water Street, Urbana.

According to a police report, two men are accused of beating a third man. When two women tried to intervene, they were also battered.

Fire in vacant house under investigation in Danville

DANVILLE – Officials are investigating a fire that damaged a vacant house on Danville's east side.

The fire at 613 Plum St. was reported at 12:32 a.m. Sunday.

Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer Program sets sign-ups

Women without health insurance can sign up for free mammograms, Pap-smear tests for cervical cancer, and breast and pelvic exams through a state program this week and next week.

Enrollment will be available in the area at these dates and locations: