Philo man still hospitalized after Tuesday accident

URBANA — A Philo man remained hospitalized Wednesday with injuries he received in a three-vehicle accident on Urbana’s east side Tuesday afternoon.

Work to close some lanes on Green Street

CHAMPAIGN – Various work on Green Street will close lanes on that thoroughfare over the next week or so.

The westbound lane of Green just east of Randolph Street in Champaign will be closed today and Thursday while work crews complete a fiber-optic boring project for AT&T, according to contractor Larry Maistros of OCI Construction.

Services to honor fallen officers

The public is invited to services Friday to honor local police officers who have died in the line of duty.

At 11 a.m., officers will assemble in West Side Park at the corner of Church and State streets in downtown Champaign. After an 11:30 ceremony there, estimated to last 30 minutes, squad cars will go to downtown Urbana, where a ceremony in front of the Champaign County Courthouse is planned for 12:15 p.m.

Gibson City, dealers offer incentives to buy vehicles

GIBSON CITY – Officials in Gibson City are not waiting around to see if federal and state economic stimulus will help the business climate in this Ford County town. They've adopted their own economic stimulus plan and are prepared to invest $30,000 of city funds.

Gibson City Council members recently approved a plan that will offer both new and used car buyers an added incentive – $300 per new car and $100 per used car purchased from dealers in the community. Those dealers – three of them – are offering their own $100 bonus in addition to the city's.

Lincoln man arraigned on drug possession charges

CHAMPAIGN – A Lincoln man pleaded innocent Monday to unlawful possession with the intent to deliver a controlled substance in Champaign.

Champaign police arrested Thomas Beck, 25, who listed an address in Lincoln, on Friday night.

Tolono officials view water rate study

TOLONO – Some residents' water and sewer bills may be going up.

The village board held a special meeting Tuesday to discuss a water rate study prepared by Foth Infrastructure & Environment. The village has absorbed the last four or five water rate increases from its supplier, according to Trustee Jim Snodgrass.

Applications being accepted for Homer Village Board vacancy

HOMER – Mayor David Lucas and two returning village trustees – Kevin Knott and Roy Woodmansee – took the oath of office Monday night.

Lucas said he will appoint a trustee at June's meeting to the seat vacated by Jeanine Bensken, since no one ran for this position in the last election. He is now accepting applications.

Firm proposes wind farm in Champaign, Vermilion counties

A Chicago-based company wants to develop a wind farm on 28,000 acres in northeastern Champaign County and in western Vermilion County, and it hopes to begin construction by next spring.

Invenergy LLC has signed agreements with property owners in Ogden and Compromise townships in Champaign County and Pilot Township in Vermilion County to host as many as 133 wind turbines, according to John Doster, business development manager with Invenergy.

Pet Supplies Plus to occupy former Hobby Lobby store at Danville mall

DANVILLE - By the end of summer, pet owners will have another option in Danville for their pet supply needs when a new Pet Supplies Plus store opens at the Village Mall next to County Market.

Renovations are under way in a 12,000-square-foot section of the 53,000-square-foot space formerly occupied by Hobby Lobby, according to Cindy Compton, Village Mall manager.

UI director of special events tries to make commencement memorable

There aren't many days more special in one's life than commencement day. Now multiply that by about 7,500 and you have some idea what this weekend will be like for Babette Hiles.

She's not graduating from the University of Illinois. But she's overseeing virtually all the events related to this year's commencement ceremonies.