Tolono makes first payment for storm sewer work

TOLONO — The village has made its first payment, of just under $60,000, for the North Calhoun Street Storm Sewer Extension project.

The village board approved the payment this week to contractor Schomburg & Schomburg Construction of Danville. The total contract price is a little over $1.26 million.

Kenwood parents, students raising money for playground

CHAMPAIGN — With the help of a flock of plastic flamingos and a couple volunteers, the Kenwood Elementary PTA has raised $500 for a new playground at the remodeled school after it opens this fall.

With a $4.4 million renovation currently under way at Kenwood, Unit 4 wasn't able to set aside money to update the school's outside play features.

Tax sale helps county recover money

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Salaita hearing canceled; judge will issue opinion by mail

CHICAGO — A hearing to determine whether Steven Salaita's employment lawsuit against the University of Illinois can continue has been canceled, as the judge plans to issue a written decision by mail.

LeRoy work should improve water quality

LeROY — Residents should notice improvements to their water quality as recent filter media replacements have improved the water from hard to soft, according to water superintendent Cory Edgington.

Clearer water is a result of a complete replacement of softener resin that typically lasts 10-15 years and was on year 12 in LeRoy.

Bottenfield PTA comes through for playground

CHAMPAIGN — A $6.3 million expansion and renovation helped Bottenfield become the most desired elementary school for Unit 4 parents to send their children to, according to recent district data.

What all of that 1-cent sales tax money didn't cover, however, was the outdoor play space that was lost during the 2013-14 construction.

Water company official new chair for EDC

CHAMPAIGN — Ron Smith of Illinois American Water will serve as chair of the Champaign County Economic Development Corp. board of directors for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

He will succeed current Chair Lori Gold Patterson of Pixo.

Repairs set for Route 54

SPRINGFIELD — Work on Illinois 54 between Farmer City and Bellflower is scheduled to begin May 26, weather permitting, according to the Illinois Department of Transportation.

This project includes 7 miles of cold milling, patching, resurfacing and pavement striping, as well as the replacement of drainage structures at the intersection of Illinois 54 and Township Road 556.

MTD puts brakes to Air Bus line

CHAMPAIGN — Twelve years after it went into service, the Air Bus route from downtown Champaign to Willard Airport is being discontinued.

With no one to help pay for the line, the MTD is ending the service after Aug. 31.

This day in history, May 21, 2015

Today is Thursday, May 21, the 141st day of 2015. There are 224 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On May 21, 1927, Charles A. Lindbergh landed his Spirit of St. Louis monoplane near Paris, completing the first solo airplane flight across the Atlantic Ocean in 331/2 hours.

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