Little time left for General Assembly to pass tax deal

SPRINGFIELD – Lawmakers reported progress Monday on a tax increase package – slightly smaller than the one discussed last week – but they have only about 24 hours to approve it.

House approves 66 percent income tax hike by 60-57 vote

SPRINGFIELD – With the help of "yes" votes from at least 10 lawmakers serving their last hours in the Legislature, the Illinois House approved a 66 percent income tax increase Tuesday night.

House adjourns without gambling expansion

SPRINGFIELD – The House adjourned Tuesday night without acting on a big gambling expansion bill that would have included a riverboat casino for Danville.

Champaign council backs legislative agenda

CHAMPAIGN – The city council on Tuesday night supported this year's legislative agenda put together by city administrators, who hope to use lobbyists and their connections with state legislators primarily to get money for capital projects.

Five applicants for short-term seat on Champaign council

CHAMPAIGN – Five residents interested in holding an abbreviated term on the city council turned in their applications before a Tuesday deadline, and one of them will keep the District 5 seat warm until a more permanent occupant is chosen during an April election.

Three accidents reported in succession on I-74

Three separate accidents have been reported within 10 minutes on Interstate 74.

METCAD reported two vehicles spun out of control in the westbound lanes of I-74 just east of St. Joseph at 4:16 p.m. Tuesday.

Legislature sends bill to governor abolishing death penalty

SPRINGFIELD-- Lawmakers have sent to Gov. Pat Quinn a bill that would abolish the death penalty in Illinois.

Storm cleanup under way

Area road crews are doing their best to keep up with clearing roads this morning until the snow stops. A winter weather advisory remains in effect for Central Illinois until 6 a.m. Wednesday with a possible 3 to 5 inches of snow predicted before it ends.

Urbana man charged in drug, weapon case

URBANA – An Urbana man who police say had drugs and a gun in his home last week is due back in court next month after being criminally charged in Champaign County Circuit Court.

Fire hits Rantoul home

A Rantoul home sustained an estimated $15,000 to $20,000 smoke damage from a fire that started in a clothes dryer Tuesday morning.

Firefighters were called at 9:15 a.m. to a house at 13 Gerald Road.

Fire Chief Ken Waters said smoke and flames were coming from the dryer in the utility room of the one-floor house when firefighters arrived.