Motion filed in attempt to open Neil

CHAMPAIGN – The city of Champaign filed an emergency motion Wednesday in Champaign County Circuit Court asking the court to order the demolition of as much of fire-damaged 215 N. Neil St. as is necessary to reopen Neil Street to downtown traffic.

A hearing on the motion for injunctive relief is scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday before Circuit Judge Michael Jones.

Stretch of U.S. 150 in Mahomet honors veterans

MAHOMET – Through a year and a half of work, Mahomet's American Legion Post 1015 had one vision: to honor every veteran who drives through town on U.S. 150.

They succeeded when the Illinois Senate approved a resolution earlier this week to call that stretch of highway Veteran's Parkway.

New law brings extra vigilance at resale shops

CHAMPAIGN – Confusion remains among sellers of used merchandise trying to comply with a new law intended to protect children from dangerous levels of lead and some chemicals found in plastics.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission last week issued a clarification for sellers of used children's merchandise, but it only made things more confusing, said Adele Meyer, executive director of the Michigan-based National Association of Resale & Thrift Shops.

Two defendants give accounts of home invasion

URBANA – Two young men who admitted their roles in a St. Joseph home invasion that seriously injured the 71-year-old resident and traumatized his wife implicated their friend in the crimes Wednesday.

A Champaign County jury was expected to begin deliberating the fate of Jamal Williams, 20, today.

Developers exploring options for old grain elevator site in Savoy

SAVOY – An old grain elevator along U.S. 45 may get new life and a new use in a redevelopment project.

At a study session Wednesday, Mayor Robert McCleary told the village board about talks he had with the new owners of the elevator just north of Church Street.

State trooper: Teaching teens about driving hazards key

MAHOMET – Even some of the fastest texters in class couldn't avoid hitting the orange safety cones.

But then, that was the point that Illinois State Police Sgt. Bill Emery was trying to make as he covered topics such as texting while driving, drinking and driving, and taking the proper safety precautions in a vehicle with students from Lisa Martin's driver's education class at Mahomet-Seymour High School.

Feb. 19 deadline approaching for photography contest

MATTOON – The deadline is Feb. 19 to enter into the Lake Land College and General Electric Mattoon Lamp Plant 30th annual Photography Show, which will be at the college.

Area professional, amateur and student photographers are invited to compete for prizes in six categories. There is a $5 fee for each entry to help with the cost of insuring the photograph while on display. The student entry fee is $3 per photo.

Danville school board OKs superintendent appointment

DANVILLE – Danville school board members on Wednesday unanimously approved appointing Mark Denman as the district's next superintendent, signing him to a three-year contract.

Denman's contract will go from July 1 through June 30, 2012. He will earn $156,832, which includes his base salary and annuity, the first year.

UI offices asked to turn the thermostats down

URBANA – Turn down the thermostats and dress accordingly, people working on the University of Illinois campus are being asked.

Weather forces postponement of three events in Danville

DANVILLE – Three events scheduled for today have been postponed because of the weather.

– The Careers, Candlelight, and College event at Danville Area Community College was rescheduled for 6 p.m. Jan. 29 at DACC's Bremer Conference Center, 2000 E. Main St.