Youths, Champaign police to talk at town meeting

CHAMPAIGN – A town meeting seeking to open up a dialogue between local youths and law enforcement will be Thursday evening at the New Hope Church of God in Christ, 911 W. Bradley Ave., C.

The meeting will be from 5 to 7 p.m., with an informational resource fair between 5 and 5:30 p.m. The town hall meeting begins at 5:30 p.m.

Rantoul TIF district planning moves forward

RANTOUL – The Rantoul Village Board will look at a resolution next week that is the next step in the creation of a tax increment finance district on the village's west side.

At its study session Tuesday, the board directed city attorney Ken Beth to prepare a resolution about creating the district for the board to vote on next week. It wouldn't bind the board to any action, but the resolution would stipulate that if the village establishes a tax increment financing district there, the developers can be reimbursed retroactively for some of their development costs.

Urbana council delays action on request for street closures

URBANA – The city and Carle still appear to have a tentative agreement to vacate portions of three city streets near Carle Foundation Hospital. But the council on Tuesday deferred final action until Sept. 17 to tighten up language in the agreements.

Alderman Charlie Smyth, D-Ward 1, proposed the deferral, which was seconded by Alderman Brandon Bowersox, D-Ward 4. Only two votes are needed for a deferral.

UI assistant basketball coach headed to Kentucky

CHAMPAIGN – The Illinois basketball program is in the process of losing an assistant coach.

Tracy Webster is expected to complete new coach Billy Gillispie's staff at Kentucky and an announcement could come as soon as today, multiple sources said. Gillispie, who took over the program from Tubby Smith in April, has two assistants but has been in the market for a third.

New Mahomet subdivision proposed

MAHOMET – The Mahomet Plan and Zoning Commission heard a proposal for yet another subdivision at its meeting Tuesday night.

Whisper Meadow Subdivision is planned for 60 acres on the south side of South Mahomet Road, butting up to the recently approved Prairie Fields Subdivision on the east. Sunny Acres Road will be extended to run south through the subdivision.

Street robberies reported during holiday weekend

CHAMPAIGN – Police are investigating three street robberies in Champaign from over the holiday weekend.

A 28-year-old Champaign man was punched in the face and robbed of his wallet in the 1500 block of North Neil Street about 11:20 p.m. Saturday, according to one report to police.

Three Urbana men face drug charges after traffic stop, raid

URBANA – Three people face drug charges following a traffic stop and subsequent drug raid by University of Illinois police last week.

Arraigned Friday on Class X felony charges of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance were Julius Johnson, 30, and Chakera Washington, 25, who both listed an address at the Prairie Green Apartments, and Jason Woods, 31, who listed an address at the Florida Avenue Apartments, in Urbana.

Gibson City man dies in tractor accident

GIBSON CITY – A 60-year-old rural Gibson City man died after his tractor overturned and rolled on top of him Tuesday evening, Ford County Sheriff Mark Doran said.

Ford County Coroner Doug Wallace declared Michael J. Schroeder dead at the scene of the accident about 1:30 a.m. today. An autopsy was scheduled to be performed today.

UI trustees to review plans for new building

Nearly 20 years after realizing it needed more room, the Illinois Natural History Survey may get that needed space soon.

University of Illinois trustees are expected to review the preliminary design plans for a new survey building in the south end of campus Thursday. No action is expected then.

Georgetown council gets update on WWII memorial

GEORGETOWN – Organizers said they are pleased with the World War II memorial and honor roll near the city square and look forward to holding a dedication ceremony, but are concerned that the project is more than $20,000 in debt.

Five members of the city's World War II Honor Roll Committee spoke at the Georgetown City Council meeting Tuesday to update city officials about the memorial and discuss future plans.