No formal vote expected on gas tax by Urbana city council

URBANA – A local motor fuels tax of 2 to 5 cents per gallon could raise an estimated $500,000 to $750,000 a year for Urbana.

Company in Urbana gets $1 million grant from U.S. Department of Energy

URBANA – An Urbana company is getting a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy for development of a high-efficiency heat pump water heater.

Creative Thermal Solutions, at 2209 N. Willow Road, was awarded $1,010,611 to develop a unit that can use its cooling capability for air-conditioning or refrigeration, according to a Department of Energy release.

Volunteers pick up hundreds of pounds of trash in spring effort in Vermilion County

DANVILLE – Volunteers picked up 77 bags that contained 1,540 pounds of litter in Vermilion County during March, April and May, according to Keep Vermilion County Beautiful officials.

More details on the 21st drug court class

URBANA – The 12 men and women scheduled to graduate from Champaign County's 21st class on Monday range in age from 20 to 54, with an average age of 32.

Special class to graduate in Champaign County on Monday

URBANA – Kristi Keller is having a ball experiencing a jillion things she missed out on during her 20s and early 30s.

Ikenberry puts hold on artwork of himself

CHAMPAIGN – The University of Illinois won't be spending tax dollars or student fees to put up a plaque of President Stanley Ikenberry in the residence halls named for him.

State EPA awaits some test results for liquid spill near tracks in Danville

DANVILLE – Testing by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency has revealed that the biggest concern, so far, with a liquid spill near the CSX tracks and Mabin Street is the strong, unpleasant odor, according to state officials.

Crimes reported to police

In crimes reported to area police:


– 500 block of East Washington Street: Home entered Wednesday; two tlevisions, electronic gaming system and games stolen.

– 0-100 block of John Street: Vehicle damaged with rock June 9; an apartment window damaged Tuesday.

Charges for school physicals can add up

CHAMPAIGN – The Incredible Hulk sticker was free.

The rest of 5-year-old Lars Anderson's first school physical cost $555.

"I called Carle and said, 'Is this what everybody is paying,' and they said yes," said Lars' father, Loren Anderson of Champaign.

Options for school physicals

What if you are uninsured and can't afford to pay for a school physical?

Parents who turn to the Champaign-Ford Regional Superintendent's office for help are given this list of possible options for lower-cost or free physicals: