Champaign council to address drainage projects, traffic

CHAMPAIGN – Drainage and traffic will be two key issues as the Champaign City Council meets in a study session and a special session this week.

Capital improvements and programs for tax increment finance districts are among the topics for the regular study session of the council set for 7 p.m. Tuesday at the City Building, 102 N. Neil St, C.

Windsor Road work scheduled to start Tuesday

CHAMPAIGN – Weather permitting, work will begin Tuesday on Windsor Road between Neil and First streets.

Pavement patching, curb repairs and lawn restoration are included in the work, part of the city's annual street-maintenance project.

Entrants sought for June 21 talent show in Sidell

SIDELL – Sidell will be celebrating its 125th anniversity in June and one of the events will be a talent show at 2 p.m. June 21. Organizers are encouraging people to sign up for the show whether they want to sing, dance, play an instrument, twirl a baton, do comedy or show the unusual talent of a pet.

There is no entry fee to participate. Entries must be received by June 10. Cash prizes will be given in each of the age divisions. The classes will be for ages up to 12 years; 13-19 years; and 20 years and over.

DACC trustees to consider addition for nursing students

DANVILLE – When Danville Area Community College established its associate degree nursing program, it revamped a section of the Mary Miller Center for classrooms and a laboratory.

But as enrollment grew, the program outgrew its quarters. Now officials would like to build an expansion on the center's southwest side to give students and staff much-needed elbow room.

Filmmaker on microbudget uses persistence, help of friends

Ed Glaser takes a winding-road approach to filmmaking.

He didn't pack all his belongings in his back seat and head to Hollywood. Instead, the "Press Start" director made his own luck, becoming a maven of movies on a microbudget – something he says anyone with a passion for a movie project can do.

For growing number, health insurance no longer an affordable option

RANTOUL – When he had great health insurance, Cliff White didn't have to worry about how much the doctor was going to charge.

He didn't have to pay for most of his wife's back and knee surgeries, either, because insurance picked up most of the $60,000 cost.

Expert 'confident' health care reform will happen

Is it really possible for every American to have affordable health insurance?

Kathleen Stoll, deputy director of Families USA, believes it is.

We like to hike: Four lesser-known trails in East Central Illinois

Whenever the flat farmland of Champaign County has me longing for a visual respite, I head east. Not to the well-used Kickapoo State Park but to less-traveled places that are rich in natural habitats.

Those destinations, Kennekuk Cove County Park and Forest Glen Nature Preserve, are part of the Vermilion River system in the easternmost part of the state, on the edge of what was once the Grand Prairie to the west.

METCAD marking three decades of serving Champaign County

URBANA – The 911 emergency dispatching system in Champaign County is approaching a milestone.

The Metropolitan Computer Aided Dispatch Service will celebrate its 30th anniversary next month.

Chicago man awaits sentencing on cocaine conviction

URBANA – A Chicago man convicted of possessing cocaine intended for sale faces up to 30 years in prison when sentenced next month.

A Champaign County jury last week convicted Marcus Posey, 23, of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance for having 30 rocks of crack cocaine in Urbana on Jan. 20.