Water authority says report questions landfill proposal

MONTICELLO – Members of a small, local water authority have vowed to continue to voice their concerns about a proposed chemical waste storage facility proposed for Clinton.

Online votes could bring steam locomotive to town

A steam locomotive could be coming to East Central Illinois, but it may take a little exertion on your part to power it here.

Union Pacific is holding an online contest to determine a route for a steam locomotive excursion in 2011.

Oakwood War Memorial to be dedicated Thursday

By MELINDA JONES/News-Gazette Correspondent 

OAKWOOD – Veterans will dedicate the new Oakwood War Memorial at 11 a.m. Thursday.

Ford County treasurer resigns just as new term begins

PAXTON – Ford County Treasurer Nancy Krumwiede made a surprise announcement Monday night, telling the county board that she plans to retire Jan. 1, just a month after she begins her sixth term.

Paxton council to use reserves to lower tax levy

PAXTON – The city will levy only two-thirds of what it levied this past year.

Urbana Park Board OKs concept for new pool; some neighbors oppose plan

URBANA – The Urbana Park District board unanimously approved the concept for a new Crystal Lake Pool on Tuesday night, but members of the north Urbana neighborhood said they opposed the plan and would work to defeat the tax increase proposal to pay for it.

Champaign County Board backs redistricting commission

URBANA – The Champaign County Board has given tentative approval to an 11-member committee to redraw county board districts in a public and transparent way.

Champaign council begins work on long-term plan for city's development

CHAMPAIGN – As city council members on Tuesday night reviewed a draft of the updated 20-year plan for the city, most realized that it is going to take a lot of cooperation with the private sector and other government agencies to make it happen.

Champaign police report attempted abduction of 12-year-old girl

CHAMPAIGN – Champaign police are investigating an attempted abduction of a 12-year-old girl on Tuesday afternoon.

Officers were called to the area of Sangamon Drive and Westfield Drive - between Kenwood Road and Duncan Road, west of Centennial and Jefferson schools - at 3:34 p.m. after receiving a report of an attempted abduction.