Bike to Work Day scheduled

Whether you usually drive to work or take the bus, or you're a committed bicycle commuter, you can join hundreds of other local residents in getting to work (or school) by bicycle on May 3.

Fourth-graders go digital in Danville

DANVILLE -- At a school where cellphones, iPods and hand-held video games are banned, one teacher actually is encouraging her students to power on one of the hottest new electronic gadgets during class.

Southwest Elementary School teacher Wendy Heeren recently introduced Kobo wireless e-readers in her classroom to boost literacy among her 19 fourth-graders.

Soccer facility, road projects on agenda

URBANA -- The city council on Monday could formalize approval of a couple of measures members already supported this week: It may give the final go-ahead for an indoor soccer facility to be located at 2400 N. Willow Road and a green light to a revised plan for Olympian Drive.

The council will meet at 7 p.m. on Monday in the Urbana City Building, 400 S. Vine St.

Earth Day event set in Urbana

URBANA The Urbana Park District's Anita Purves Nature Center and the City of Urbana's U-CYCLE Program are hosting an Earth Day event at the Anita Purves Nature Center on Monday.

State's tech and ag resources to help Japan

CHICAGO -- Gov. Pat Quinn announced a statewide humanitarian relief effort Friday, to harness Illinois' technological and agricultural resources to provide supplies for the victims of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

New nonprofit hopes to film a rehab series

DANVILLE -- A new charitable organization called Soldiers From Above is hoping to film a TV series similar to "Extreme Makeover" in Danville, with the goal of providing housing for homeless veterans.

Judge will issue ruling on Monday in Ramos case

URBANA -- Judge John Kennedy will rule Monday morning in the case against the managers of a rural apartment complex who have allegedly allowed the discharge of raw sewage into a nearby creek.

Closing arguments wrapped up Friday in Champaign County Court in the trial of Bernard and Eduardo Ramos, caretakers of Cherry Orchard Apartments, located between Thomasboro and Rantoul.

Veterans housing planned in 'uninhabitable' building

DANVILLE -- News that the owner of the Harwal Hotel, with a newly formed charitable organization, is planning to turn his "uninhabitable" building into housing for homeless veterans came as a surprise to city officials.

Reports to police

In crimes reported to area police:


2500 block of Myers Court: CDs stolen from unlocked vehicle Tuesday or Wednesday.

2500 block of Leeper Court: GPS and charging cord, valued at $175, stolen from unlocked car Tuesday or Wednesday.

Public input sought on redistricting

CHAMPAIGN -- Citizens are invited to offer testimony Saturday (April 16) at a hearing about the congressional and legislative redistricting processes in Illinois.