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Inspectors declare Danville building uninhabitable

DANVILLE – One building was deemed uninhabitable by the city during a recent round of inspections of more than 20 commercial buildings in the city's downtown area.

Storm leaves streets flooded, power out for hundreds

Power outages were reported in Mahomet, Champaign and Urbana Thursday night in the wake of a fierce thunderstorm.

Ameren was reporting over 1,000 customers out of power in those areas at 11:30 p.m.

Senate to vote on whether UI chancellor and president should leave

URBANA — A University of Illinois panel is asking the UI Senate to vote on recommending both the president and chancellor should leave.

The executive committee of the University of Illinois senate unanimously passed on the statement to the full Senate after almost two hours in closed session Thursday.

Meters in low-use areas to be adjusted

CHAMPAIGN – Motorists will get more time for their money in some infrequently used downtown Champaign parking meters.

Based on a study of parking meter usage, the Champaign parking operations staff identified seven areas with low occupancy rates, according to Shirl Johnson, supervisor.

UI President White says he had considered resigning

CHAMPAIGN – The president of the University of Illinois considered resigning this summer in the wake of admissions scandals, but decided the move would do more harm than good to the university.

B. Joseph White spoke to The News-Gazette editorial board Wednesday about the last three months of scrutiny, which he likened to living in a fishbowl, as well as about the end of Global Campus and budget problems with the state that have yet to be resolved.

Two UI trustees appointed by Quinn to lead reform

CHICAGO – The two newest University of Illinois trustees have no UI ties and didn't apply for the job.

C-U MTD keeps rolling ahead on green efforts

CHAMPAIGN – The Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District is continuing to take "green" steps toward sustainability.

Members of the MTD board voted to endorse a sustainability action and commitment plan being sent to the American Public Transportation Association. In January, the district signed an agreement with the national group, committing to goals and basic principles to preserve the environment for the future while being socially responsible and maintaining economic vitality.

Campus police driving home safety message

URBANA – For more than 20 years, Skip Frost has watched pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists from his patrol car on the University of Illinois campus.

While the distractions to those groups may have changed over the years, the UI police lieutenant said the common-sense caveat he gives has not.

Man arrested after running from police

URBANA – A case of mistaken identity by police led to the arrest of a Champaign man Tuesday for possession of crack cocaine.

An Urbana police report said an officer was in the Circle K, 1821 S. Philo Road, U, about 10:20 a.m. when he saw a person he thought was wanted on a warrant. When he approached him, the man fled.

Danville council considers tax relief for two businesses

DANVILLE – City officials are working to finalize sales tax rebate agreements that will help two of the city's newest retailers, but only if the businesses remain in the community.