Cancer society seeks help from cosmetologists

SPRINGFIELD – Cancer treatments can take a toll on a woman's appearance, but cosmetologists willing to volunteer a little time can help give cancer patients a boost of confidence.

The American Cancer Society is looking for licensed cosmetologists in 35 Illinois counties to help with the next series of Look Good ... Feel Better programs.

Washington Elementary students get sneak peek at new school

CHAMPAIGN – The students at Washington Elementary School have been wondering how the construction of their new school is going.

On Friday morning, they got to see for themselves. The entire school took a field trip to the construction site, to see what it looked like and to sign a steel beam that will soon become part of the building.

Danville school board contract offer

The Danville school board offered this package proposal to the Danville Education Association on Aug. 16:

Work planned for Illinois 1 from Belgium to Westville

Weather permitting, resurfacing is scheduled to begin Tuesday on Illinois 1/U.S. 150 from Lyons Road in Belgium to the south city limit of Westville in Vermilion County, the Illinois Department of Transportation has announced.

Site of fatal fire to be rebuilt in Urbana

URBANA – Abbas Kazemi said after a young woman died from injuries she received in a rental home he owns, it took him months to go back in the house.

"It's been a very, very heartbreaking situation for me," said the Champaign man.

Kazemi owns the house at 814 W. Stoughton St., U, where a May 28 fire swept through while several young people slept.

Danville police officer has 30 days to decide on appeal

DANVILLE – A Danville police officer who was fired for pulling his gun during an off-duty incident at a local restaurant has about 30 days to appeal a court decision upholding an arbitrator's ruling that the city was justified in the firing.

Stolen stove causes gas leak in Champaign


CHAMPAIGN – Police are investigating the apparent theft of a stove that caused a gas leak in Champaign on Friday.

Emergency crews were called to 609 N. McKinley Ave., C, a vacant house, on Friday afternoon.

Cunningham Avenue reopens

URBANA - Cunningham Avenue in Urbana has reopened after construction workers broke a gas main there Friday morning.

Traffic had been diverted from both north and south between Kerr Avenue and Country Club Drive/Perkins Road.

Lincoln Trail board will consider Champaign decision

CHAMPAIGN – The implications of the Champaign Public Library's decision to charge residents of the Mahomet and Tolono library districts to check out materials at the Champaign library likely will not be known until Sept. 20.

CEO says layoffs likely as focus shifts to commercial realty

CHAMPAIGN – The Devonshire Group will get out of the residential real estate business and plans to sell a majority stake in its architectural and engineering firms, Chief Executive Officer Thomas E. Harrington said Thursday.