10th annual Parade of Lights

The 10th annual Parade of Lights featuring floats.  music and the tree lighting.

Rantoul Christmas Parade canceled

The Rantoul Festival of Lights Christmas Parade scheduled for Saturday,
December 4th has been canceled due to the weather.
The Parade will not be rescheduled, However, Santa will be at A House of
Flowers at 113 E. Sangamon Ave. Saturday, Dec. 11 from 11 a.m. to
2 p.m.


Icy conditions expected late Saturday

PESOTUM — Snow-related accidents so far Saturday have been mostly minor, but the state police warn that wet conditions could lead to extremely icy interstates in the evening.

Prussing's city council appointment up for confirmation

URBANA – Mayor Laurel Prussing on Monday is scheduled to present her appointment to the city council's Ward 2, which has gone without representation for a little more than a month after the Nov. 2 resignation of David Gehrig.

Champaign turns fire department over to 6-year-old - for a day

CHAMPAIGN – Six-year-old Dwayne Hubbard Jr. left his first-grade classroom at Garden Hills Elementary School Friday to run the Champaign Fire Department for the morning.

Dwayne was surprised by firefighters at school, who suited him up in a fire coat and hat and drove him in a fire truck to the station.

City, schools concerned over state removal of stop signs

PAXTON – Mayor Bill Ingold and the superintendent of the local school district said they hope the removal of stop signs at one of Paxton's busiest intersections will not risk the safety of children who cross the intersection to get to school.

Reports to police

In crimes reported to area police:


– 100 block of East John Street: 35-year-old woman rushed by two unknown men about 5 p.m. Wednesday as if they were going to rob her, but nothing was taken from her.

– 1500 block of West Kirby Avenue: Laptop and charger for it stolen from bedroom between Nov. 22 and 29.

PBL board looks at HVAC replacement in some schools

PAXTON – The Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board plans to replace the heating, ventillation and air conditioning systems at the three oldest of the district's four schools – and seek grants to help install more energy-efficient systems.

Two in custody over drug shipment

URBANA – A Rantoul man and a teen are in custody charged with cannabis trafficking following their arrests Thursday afternoon for taking delivery of about 11 pounds of cannabis.

Poinsettias for sale on UI campus

URBANA – Looking for a way to spruce up your home for the holidays?

The University of Illinois Plant Biology Conservatory will be selling poinsettias and a few other tropical plants this weekend on campus.

The sale will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. today and 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday at the Plant Biology Conservatory, 1201 S. Dorner Dr., U.