East Central Illinois groups vying for grants both large and small

Several area organizations are vying for money in the latest round of the Pepsi Refresh Project.

The project allows community members to vote for projects through Nov. 30. The top vote-getters are awarded money. Project supporters are allowed 10 votes each day, and you can vote via Facebook, text and online.

Block of Lynn Street in Champaign to close for sewer work

CHAMPAIGN – A portion of Lynn Street in Champaign will be closed during the day Monday through Friday for about a month beginning on Wednesday.

Danville tax levy shrinks again

DANVILLE – Danville city officials are now proposing for next year an even smaller property tax levy than originally proposed last month.

The decrease in the proposed levy comes because last week the city received actual numbers for what it will have to levy and pay toward police and fire pensions next year.

Three seats open on Parkland board

CHAMPAIGN – Parkland College is seeking nominating petitions and supporting documents for three vacancies on the Board of Trustees, each for a full term.

The election will be held on April 5.

Documents, including petitions with 50 valid signatures, must be filed between 8 a.m. and noon or 1 to 5 p.m. on Dec. 13-17 or Dec 20.

'Sky box' tickets added for DHS playoff game

DANVILLE – The Danville Public School Foundation has added 24 more sky box seats for the Danville Class 6A semifinal football game against Marmion Academy on Saturday at Danville High School.

Danville mayoral candidates will draw lots for ballot position

DANVILLE – Three elected officials will have to draw lots later this month to determine whose name will appear first on the ballot for mayor of Danville in next year's election.

Reports to police

Area police report the following:


– 1200 block of Fourth Street: Vehicle window kicked out Sunday.

– 1300 block of Maplepark Drive: Two tires cut Saturday.

– 2500 block of Clayton Boulevard: Purse, camera, checks, driver's license, CD and book taken from a vehicle Friday.

Georgetown council passes tax levy

GEORGETOWN – City officials adopted a $152,164 property tax levy for the upcoming fiscal year on Monday, which is about $7,000 more than the current levy.

The current property tax levy is $146,286, although the city collected about $1,400 less in local property taxes this year.

Urbana council, residents hit UI over wind turbine plans

URBANA – Some city council members on Monday night said they were frustrated that a University of Illinois wind turbine project is moving along without consulting city officials or adhering to a new zoning ordinance.

Three from Rantoul arrested in attack on UI campus

CHAMPAIGN — University of Illinois Police Lt. Roy Acree said police have arrested three Rantoul men following the latest attack on the UI campus.

"This attack was very similar to the other attacks that we have been responding to and have been dealing with," Acree said.