Even gas tax wouldn't replenish funds for road maintenance in Urbana

URBANA – Local officials across the country are trying to fill holes in their budgets when it comes to fixing potholes and repairing streets.

In May, Urbana Mayor Laurel Prussing proposed a 2-cent-per-gallon local motor fuels tax to fill the gap between rising costs and falling state motor fuels tax revenues.

Mesaba-Pinnacle deal likely won't deter departure from Willard by Delta

SAVOY – The two carriers that operate as Delta Connection in Champaign-Urbana are merging, but Willard Airport's manager said he doubts the consolidation will change Delta Air Lines' decision to stop flying here.

Delta announced Thursday it has agreed to sell its Mesaba subsidiary to Memphis, Tenn.-based Pinnacle Airlines for $62 million.

Critics: Tax would hurt more than just gas sales in Urbana

URBANA – There are different opinions on whether a new gas tax in Urbana would drive customers away.

Fourth of July celebration at Arthur 2010

Arthur's  Fourth of July Fireworks celebration in Jurgens Park in Arthur, IL. Saturday  July 3, 201


Car hits house after accident

Champaign police and firefighters examine a car that collided with a house at 1606 W. Springfield in Champaign on Saturday, July 3, 2010. Police said the driver of the vehicle left a parking  lot on the south side of Springfield Avenue, struck a westbound vehicle and ended up against the  house. The driver was transported to a hospital for treatment.

Illinois American switches to monthly billing this month

CHAMPAIGN – Some customers of Illinois American Water Co. will start receiving monthly instead of bi-monthly water bills starting this month.

Probation violation brings seven-year prison term

URBANA – A Bloomington man who admitted he violated the probation he received for punching a woman in the face was resentenced Friday to seven years in prison.

Champaign County Judge Tom Difanis recommended Titus Brockman, 20, for the Department of Corrections' boot camp program.

Crimes reported to police

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Vermilion County Board chair makes changes at animal shelter

DANVILLE – The Vermilion County Animal Shelter is again going through some changes.

Vermilion County Board Chairman Jim McMahon named animal control officer J.R. Mosay the new assistant director on Friday.

Electric vehicles will take part in Fourth of July parade in C-U

CHAMPAIGN – Folks intrigued by innovative electric vehicles can see three of them Sunday in the Fourth of July Parade in Champaign-Urbana.