MTD board OKs first step for new buses

CHAMPAIGN — The Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District board took the first step Wednesday toward purchasing at least 12 new buses over the next five years, and possibly as many as 47.

MTD Managing Director Karl Gnadt explained that the bus system has 102 buses but at times there are as few as "four or five" spare buses not on the streets.

VW details brands affected by scandal; fix due in October

BERLIN (AP) — Volkswagen's commercial vehicles and cars from its Spanish unit SEAT are among the 11 million fitted with a diesel engine that can cheat on emissions tests, the company said Tuesday.

Speeding tickets in I-74 work zone a boost for county

MORTON, Ill. (AP) — Construction at a major Interstate 74 junction has given Tazewell County a windfall: $1.2 million over three years.

Chicago taxi drivers oppose ride-share firms' airport access

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago taxi drivers are promising more protests in opposition to Mayor Rahm Emanuel's proposed taxi fee hikes and plan to allow ride-share companies to do business at the city's two international airports.

Unit 4 reevaluating limo firm after beer cans found strewn on middle-school team's bus

CHAMPAIGN — The Champaign school district is "reevaluating" its relationship with a local limousine company after a bus it rented to take a middle school girls' basketball team across town was found with empty beer cans strewn throughout it.

It's Your Business: Bike shop rolls out rentals

A local business has launched a semester-long bike rental service called the Chambana Bike.

Neutral Cycle, at 624 S. Fifth St., C, is leasing a single-speed road bike, according to business owner Tim Chao.

For $69 plus deposit, you can rent a bike for the semester. Once you return your bike, you get the deposit money back.

Council ends parking requirement for campus apartments

CHAMPAIGN — On-campus apartment buildings will no longer be required to provide parking, which the Champaign City Council hopes will discourage students from bringing cars to the University of Illinois.

But UI officials are afraid fewer spaces will only shift the burden from developers to university lots.

John Roska: Headphones a no-no while driving

Q: Is it illegal to drive wearing headphones?

A:Yes, in Illinois, unless it's a Bluetooth headset for one ear. Any other kind of headphones or headset is prohibited.

Celebrate the Convertible at the Motor Muster

Members of the Illini Collector's Car Club gathered earlier in August to show off examples of some of the convertibles featured at this year's Motor Muster at the Urbana Sweetcorn Festival on Saturday, August 29, 2015.

MTD gets first state check for project; ridership down

CHAMPAIGN — Officials at the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District no longer have to worry about whether they'll be reimbursed by the state for construction of an $8.5 million bus garage expansion project.