Champaign council approves plans for Bristol Park

CHAMPAIGN – Plans to improve the Bristol Park neighborhood in northeast Champaign are moving along after the city council on Tuesday gave preliminary approval to an outline for the neighborhood's future.

Former TV weatherman victim of unprovoked attack

CHAMPAIGN – But for his great sense of humor, Mike Sola might be curled up in the fetal position crying right now.

Proposal would close academic programs at Institute of Aviation

URBANA – The University of Illinois is proposing to close academic programs in its Institute of Aviation, a move administrators say could save $500,000 to $750,000 a year.

Rural Arthur man dies after Coles County crash

HUMBOLDT — A rural Arthur man died in Coles County as a result of injuries he received when his truck struck a bridge Sunday morning.

Part of Francis Drive to be reduced to one lane

CHAMPAIGN — A part of Francis Drive in Champaign is expected to be reduced to a single lane periodically over the next two weeks while a work crew installs a new storm sewer and does ditch-grading work.

Traffic will be periodically reduced to a single lane between Highland Avenue and Willis Street during the day beginning at 7 a.m. Wednesday.

Driveway work to close part of University Avenue

URBANA — A portion of University Avenue in Urbana will be closed for two days while a work crew builds a driveway entrance for the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District building.

The south eastbound lane of University will be closed around 1101 E. University Ave. from 7 a.m. Monday through 7 a.m. Wednesday.

Danville men charged in drug case in Douglas County

VILLA GROVE – Two Danville men have been charged in connection with the sale of drugs in Douglas County.

Tyrone Wilson, 51, and Jerome Harris, 26, were arrested Sept. 22 by the East Central Illinois Task Force in Villa Grove.

Champaign man jailed on drug, weapons charges

URBANA – A Champaign man who was in a car Sunday with drugs and a gun has been charged with several drug and weapons-related violations and remained in the Champaign County jail Tuesday.

Joliet-based firm takes Devonshire franchise

CHAMPAIGN – The new Coldwell Banker franchisee for central Illinois says it's likely to decide in the next 30 to 60 days which offices to keep open.

Joliet-based Coldwell Banker Honig-Bell has agreed to assume the Illinois residential real estate operations of Coldwell Banker Devonshire Realty on Friday, said Mike Prodehl, Honig-Bell's executive vice president.

Georgetown-Ridge Farm board approves deficit budget

GEORGETOWN – School officials on Monday adopted an $11.4 million spending plan with a $300,000 deficit for the upcoming fiscal year.