School districts provide funds for program

The Champaign and Urbana school districts will leave in place their site coordinators for the C-U One-to-One Mentoring Program.

The grant that paid for the site coordinators expired at the end of the last school year, but both districts included money in their budgets to continue the site coordinator positions for the coming school year.

Communications Data Group gets new owners

CHAMPAIGN – Two former officers of Hargray Communications Group announced today that they have purchased Champaign-based Communications Data Group from Hargray. The company, which employs 120 people at 102 S. Duncan Road, develops and provides billing software for telephone companies.

The new owners are Bob LaBonte and Bill Oglesby, who formerly served as chief operating officer and chief financial officer, respectively, of the Hargray companies. They will now serve as chief executive officer and chief financial officer, respectively, of Communications Data Group.

DeWitt County authorities looking for 91-year-old Clinton man

CLINTON – DeWitt County sheriff's deputies are looking for a missing person.

Elmer "Bus" Glenn, 91, was last seen northeast of Clinton, at 813 County Road 1150 E, about 8:45 a.m. Wednesday.

Monticello police officer suspended after gun incident

MONTICELLO – Monticello police Officer David Ballard has been suspended without pay due to allegations that without being provoked, he aimed his service weapon at Monticello attorney David Cox and two other individuals on June 23.

"His conduct was, in my opinion, criminal," said Cox in a prepared statement.

Public will get chance to view proposed Savoy-MTD agreement

SAVOY – As of next week, members of the public will be able to view a proposed annexation agreement between Savoy and the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District.

The agreement lays out a phased approach for annexing the village to the MTD over the next 25 years and pertains to property south of Curtis Road, as the section of the village that lies north of Curtis Road is already in the MTD's territory.

Bridge restoration expected to take months

DOWNS – Two-way traffic on Interstate 74 near Downs could resume in four to six weeks, but it won't be back to full capacity for months, a transportation official says.

Crews from the Illinois Department of Transportation started work Wednesday repairing the I-74 bridge over Kickapoo Creek, which has been reduced to one eastbound lane since Saturday night.

Urbana gets $900,000 to improve Goodwin Avenue

URBANA – The city of Urbana has been awarded a $900,000 grant to make Goodwin Avenue a "complete street" between Clark Street and Gregory Drive that is friendly to pedestrians, bicyclists, mass transit and motorists.

Expanded sidewalk bumpouts, better-marked crossings, bicycle lanes on both sides of Goodwin and new bus pullouts, as well as repaving part of Goodwin and installing new traffic signals at Springfield Avenue and Goodwin, will be part of the project.

Blaze damages garage, home, neighbor's house

CHAMPAIGN – A garage fire early today in Champaign is under investigation by the Champaign Fire Department.

Firefighters were dispatched to 1018 W. Eureka St. about 12:49 a.m., according to Deputy Chief Tim Wild. When firefighters arrived, the garage was fully engulfed in flames that went as high as 30 feet, he said.

Lawmakers refuse to act on gun-control legislation

SPRINGFIELD – Gov. Rod Blagojevich forced lawmakers to hold a special session on gun control Wednesday, but he could not make them act.

State Rep. Harry Osterman, D-Chicago, who sponsored the bill to ban high-capacity ammunition clips, refused to call it for a vote. He said the measure did not have enough support to pass the House right now, and lawmakers should stay focused on the budget.

Two men beaten after alleged use of laser

CHAMPAIGN – Two Champaign men were attacked and beaten in their Champaign apartment after one of them reportedly pointed a laser at some women.

The incident occurred about 2:40 a.m. June 21 and involved a 19-year-old male and 20-year-old male living in the apartment in the 200 block of Moreland Boulevard, according to a Champaign police report released Monday.