Grant awarded for Sangamon River Forest Preserve work

CHICAGO – The Champaign County Forest Preserve District has received a $126,000 state grant for the initial development of the Sangamon River Forest Preserve near Fisher.

The grant award was one of 49 park development and land acquisition projects announced Friday by the state Department of Natural Resources at the annual meeting of the Illinois Association of Park Districts in Chicago. The Champaign County Forest Preserve District's grant is the only one in East Central Illinois.

First draft of new budget to be unveiled

Mayor says cuts in personnel are again a possibility

DANVILLE – The public will get its first look Tuesday night at the city administration's first draft of the new budget and the half a million dollars in cuts that are necessary to balance the budget.

Truck driver treated after I-57 rollover

CHAMPAIGN – A Missouri man was injured after a truck tractor he was driving overturned west of Champaign.

According to a state police report, Everett Leroy Lundry, 54, who listed an address in Thayer, Mo., was driving a 2006 Freightliner truck tractor pulling a flatbed trailer loaded with lumber north on Interstate 57 when he fell asleep at the wheel while approaching mile marker 237 west of Champaign at 5:24 a.m. Friday.

Help sought in solving north Champaign robbery

CHAMPAIGN – Crimestoppers and Champaign police are asking for help solving a robbery in north Champaign.

On Friday, Jan. 22, about 1:30 a.m., a man and woman were sitting in a parked vehicle in the 1100 block of North Hickory Street in Champaign, when they were approached by two men who displayed guns. The woman ran from the vehicle. The robbers took property from the male victim, then ran south.

Study shows enrollment will grow at a slow rate

URBANA – Enrollment in the Urbana school district will grow at a slow rate over the next 10 years, according to a recently completed demographic study of the district.

The study forecasts the district's elementary enrollment to grow by a little more than 2 percent in the next five years, with four of the six elementary schools seeing an increase. Between the 2014-15 school year and the 2019-20 school year, the overall elementary enrollment will decline by 3 percent, according to the study.

Champaign vote set on issuing bonds

CHAMPAIGN – Some residents will breathe a sigh of relief on Tuesday night if the city council approves borrowing money to pay for drainage improvements in parts of the city that have been flooded with problems for decades.

But residents of another neighborhood know they still have some work to do to get their homes above water.

Issuance of cash bonds to be considered

URBANA – The Urbana school board will consider whether to issue $4.6 million in working cash bonds when it meets Tuesday night.

The board will meet at 7:30 p.m. at the Burkholder Administrative Service Center, 205 N. Race St., U.

All but one active gubernatorial campaign in debt

Seven of the eight active candidates for governor go into Tuesday's election with a substantial campaign debt, somewhat ironic given the fact that most of them are hammering past and current state leaders about overspending.

In some cases, it's just wealthy candidates self-funding their campaigns and calling it a loan. If they win the election, there's always a chance they'll get some of their money back.

Plane lands safely at Vermilion airport after gear problem

DANVILLE – A pilot from Texas who had a nose-gear problem safely landed his plane at the Vermilion Regional Airport late Saturday afternoon after flying over it for hours.

Airport Manager Bob Gagnon said the pilot had taken off from the airport in his T-34, a single-engine military trainer made by Beechcraft, about noon, headed for Texas.

Health official offers reasons for new sewer in Sidney

SIDNEY – In the final special meeting before a referendum Tuesday, Sidney officials called in a representative of Champaign County Public Health to help them make the case for a new sanitary sewer system.

Champaign-Urbana Public Health District Environmental Health Coordinator Jeff Blackford last week said the conventional systems most Sidney residents are using have a life expectancy of 15 to 30 years.