UI architect Rose lauded for his part in Guggenheim restoration

URBANA – Research architect Bill Rose of Urbana will pick up an award today in New York for his contributions to the restoration of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in Manhattan.

His consulting firm, William B. Rose & Associates, and six other firms that worked on the long-term project were to receive the Excellence in Historic Preservation Award from the Preservation League of New York State this evening at the New York Yacht Club.

Carle Clinic gets go-ahead to build new facility in Monticello

MONTICELLO – The Monticello City Council granted a rezoning request Monday that will allow Carle Clinic to build a new facility on the city's west side.

The council's 8-0 approval came just five days after the Monticello Planning Commission voted not to recommend approval of the same rezoning request.

Engineering firm hired to find plan for fixing Fairchild subway

DANVILLE – It's only been five months since Kristen Islam and her family moved into a house overlooking the Fairchild Street subway, but already it feels like home to them.

"I do like it here. It's a quiet neighborhood," said Kristen, who was in her yard Tuesday afternoon enjoying the warm weather with her son, Rylie.

Property owners hosting turbines would get annual payment

It might make some noise, but a wind farm turbine also will generate thousands of dollars in cash every year for the property owner who agrees to host it.

Invenergy LLC, a Chicago-based wind farm builder and developer, has been signing agreements with property owners in Champaign and Vermilion counties who are willing to host wind turbines. For agreeing to that, the property owners receive a flat annual payment (if the wind turbine is built), according to John Doster, business development manager for Invenergy.

Arthur's Progress Tank closing; 96 people expected to lose jobs

ARTHUR – Sometimes a downturn in one part of the economy can have consequences on another.

That's what led to the scheduled closing of Progress Tank, a manufacturer of truck-mounted tanks that is Arthur's third-largest employer.

Man arrested following traffic stop

CHAMPAIGN – A Lincoln man pleaded innocent Monday to unlawful possession with the intent to deliver a controlled substance in Champaign.

Champaign police arrested Thomas Beck, 25, who listed an address in Lincoln, on Friday night.

Lane on Green Street to be closed next week

CHAMPAIGN – One lane of Green Street in Campustown will be closed for two days next week.

Diana Bubenik of Prairie Signs said her company will close the westbound lane in the 600 block of East Green Street to install a sign for the Panera Bread Company.

Fire breaks out on MTD bus

CHAMPAIGN – Passengers were evacuated safely when a fire broke out on the back of an MTD bus in Champaign Tuesday morning.

Police and firefighters were sent to the intersection of Fourth Street and University Avenue on a report of a bus fire at 8:39 a.m. Tuesday, according to Dena Schumacher, spokeswoman for the fire department.

Villa Grove police officer: Defibrillators not required at parks

VILLA GROVE – The city council was informed Monday that it is no longer obligated by state law to purchase defibrillators for public use at the city's parks this summer.

Villa Grove police Officer Adam Deckard, who has been investigating the issue and advising the council on the defibrillator purchase, told the council Monday night that the state law requiring the defibrillators has been amended. According to Deckard, any park owned by a municipality is not mandated to have the devices available.

Ford County Board approves spending $30,000 on tech upgrades

PAXTON – The Ford County Board approved spending nearly $30,000 on two technology upgrades, neither of which was previously budgeted.

At Monday night's meeting board members agreed to spend $9,200 to create a new county Web site and just under $20,000 to replace computer wiring along with a router and server in the county jail. The funds will come from the board's own budget.