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Block of White Street to be closed for 5 days

CHAMPAIGN — One block of White Street in Champaign will be closed for five days next week while a sanitary sewer line is being repaired.

White Street will be closed between Fair Street and Victor Street beginning March 29 while work crews repair the line at 1605 W. White St. Through traffic will not be permitted, but local traffic will have access to properties in the area.

Drivers headed for properties west of the site should use the Victor Street side for access.

Man struck by 2 vehicles in Charleston

CHARLESTON — A Tuscola man who is attending Eastern Illinois University was injured Saturday evening after he was struck by two vehicles.

According to a police report, officers were called to the 200 block of Lincoln Avenue, Charleston, at 11:12 p.m. Saturday after getting a report that a pedestrian had been struck in traffic by a vehicle.

Police said that Alex T. Fitzjarrald, 23, who listed an address in Tuscola, ran from the scene and then ran in front of another vehicle in the 200 block of Lincoln Avenue, where he was struck again.

Urbana man faces up to 30 years in prison

URBANA — An Urbana man who admitted having cocaine for sale more than a year ago faces up to 30 years in prison when sentenced in May.

Cornelius Campbell, 26, whose last known address was in the 1600 block of Wiley Drive, pleaded guilty Monday before Champaign County Judge Tom Difanis to possession with intent to deliver controlled substance.

Section of North Market to be closed Wednesday

CHAMPAIGN — Drivers who use North Market Street in Champaign may need to find an alternate route on Wednesday.

The Norfolk Southern Railroad will temporarily close Market Street between Columbia Street and Eureka Street to patch a railroad crossing in the 600 block of North Market Street, weather permitting.

While through traffic will not be allowed, local traffic will continue to have access to properties in the area.

The closure, which is expected to last for two to three hours, is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday.

Work to reduce part of Dorner Drive to one lane

URBANA — Drivers who use Dorner Drive on the University of Illinois campus should use caution over the next few weeks because the street will be reduced to a single lane.

The southbound lane of Dorner will be closed from south of the parking deck entrance to north of the parking lot entrance near Gregory Drive beginning at 6 a.m. Wednesday because of work to repair some collapsing pavement.

Dorner Drive is expected to reopen at 6 a.m. April 9.
 

Police investigate beating of Parkland College student

CHAMPAIGN — University of Illinois police are looking for men who attacked a Parkland College student on the UI campus early Saturday morning and a car that might have been involved.

According to a UI police report, the man was walking near the entrance to the Pizza Hut parking lot at 411 E. Green St., Champaign, when three or four unknown men battered him at 2:38 a.m. Saturday.

Expansion frees up room for American Eagle work

SAVOY – Flightstar Corp. has made an 8,000-square-foot addition to its complex at Willard Airport to help accommodate the servicing of American Eagle aircraft.

Each night, the company's airline division provides maintenance and cleaning services for five American Eagle regional jets – three from Chicago, one from Dallas and one from Milwaukee.

All but the Milwaukee jet bring passengers to and from Willard; the Milwaukee jet comes strictly for maintenance.

Danville panel to consider tax agreement for Walgreens

DANVILLE – Aldermen will get their first look tonight at an agreement to give back to a developer a portion of the property taxes collected on a new Walgreens store that will be built this year.

Under the proposed agreement, Danville will reimburse to the developer, Blackstone Group Missouri, in conjunction with Walgreens, 50 percent of the increase in the property tax revenue created when the 14,490-square-foot store is built on the southwest corner of Fairchild and Gilbert streets.

Danville school board to choose firm to update electrical systems

DANVILLE – Danville school board members on Wednesday could take the next step in replacing the outdated electrical systems at Cannon and Edison elementary schools.

Board members will vote on whether to select an architectural and engineering firm to draw up specifications for both projects.

Ron Henton, the district's buildings and grounds director, said both schools still have their original main breaker boxes.