Governor plans budget overhaul with amendatory veto

SPRINGFIELD – As legislators criticize Gov. Rod Blagojevich's "end-run" of a budget they approved, at least one lawmaker expects a court challenge to the governor's promised veto and reuse of a half-billion dollars.

Offering few details and refusing to answer questions, Blagojevich on Tuesday vowed to veto $500 million worth of "nonessential spending" in the budget lawmakers sent him last week and dramatically expand health care instead.

Fire damages to shed, contents estimated to be $50,000

PESOTUM – Fire heavily damaged a shed in rural Pesotum early Tuesday.

Champaign County sheriff's Sgt. Dan Coile said Brent Woodworth, the owner of the shed at 783 County Road 100 N, had smelled something "hot" around the shed about 11:30 p.m. Monday but couldn't locate a problem. He went to bed and woke up about 5:30 a.m. Tuesday to see flames coming from the wood and metal structure.

Mahomet board approves changes to traffic on two streets

MAHOMET – The Mahomet Village Board approved changes to two traffic laws at its study session Tuesday night.

After the board gives formal approval, which should happen later this month, the speed limit on Mid-America Road will be lowered from 55 to 35 mph, and parking will be prohibited on both sides of Sunny Acres Road.

Driver hurt after running into tree

URBANA – An Urbana man was injured when he drove his car off the street and hit a tree in southeast Urbana.

Joseph A. Turner, 20, of the 1600 block of Ivanhoe Way was taken to Carle Foundation Hospital, where he was listed in fair condition today.

Men accused of trying to have sex with teens

URBANA – Two Urbana men are accused of trying to have sex with teen girls.

Patrick Clinton, 21, and Kenneth Draughton, 19, both listed addresses on North Lincoln Avenue in Urbana and Bolingbrook, according to an Urbana police report and court records.

Champaign council decides to redraw districts

CHAMPAIGN – With the city's population up 10 percent this decade following a recent special census, the city council has decided to redraw the five council districts before the spring 2009 election.

And with redistricting software making drawing maps a much easier process, the council has opted to forgo hiring an outside consultant. Council members who are interested will end up drawing their own maps, with the help of city planning staff, if needed.

13-year-old crashes vehicle, injures four near Penfield

PENFIELD – Four people were injured when an underage driver wrecked a car north of Penfield on Tuesday afternoon.

Champaign County sheriff's Sgt. Dan Coile said about 2:45 p.m. a 13-year-old Fisher girl was driving a car north on County Road 2700 E approaching 3175 N when she reached out to hand something to her front-seat passenger, Jonathan Peterson, 23, also of Fisher.

Chanute areas transferred to village's hands

RANTOUL – It's official.

Rantoul officials have accepted quit claim deeds from the federal government for much of the airport area that was once part of Chanute.

Urbana school board looks to state budget with questions

URBANA – As lawmakers in Springfield continued to debate budgetary matters, Urbana school board members and administrators started to discuss how those debates would affect the running of the district.

At the board's first study session of the new school year on Tuesday night, district business manager Carol Baker said Urbana had not received notice on some of the grants it usually hears about by this point.

Piatt County Board clears way for corn-processing plant

MONTICELLO – A group of Sangamon Township homeowners in Piatt County say they will not stop protesting plans for the Clarkson Grain/El Milagro corn-processing plant at White Heath.

The Piatt County Board granted a special-use permit to Clarkson Grain on Tuesday that greenlights the $20 million plant.