Cheap gas fueling expanded Thanksgiving travel day

JUSTIN PRITCHARD, Associated Press

That empty feeling

CHAMPAIGN — Mike Thomas may be gone, but one of his least-popular decisions as University of Illinois athletic director will play out this weekend — in downtown Chicago and its far-west suburbs.

VW cutting investments, presenting U.S. engine fixes

WOLFSBURG, Germany (AP) — Volkswagen will cut its spending by 1 billion euros ($1.07 billion) next year and "strictly prioritize" investments as it shores up its finances to deal with its emissions-rigging scandal, CEO Matthias Mueller said Friday after a board meeting.

Updated: Windsor Road completion pushed into next year

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Canadian Pacific makes case for offer

Canadian Pacific offered more details and defended its offer to join two of North America's biggest railroads, but Norfolk Southern offered only a lukewarm response and regulators have expressed significant concerns about rail mergers.

Honda has most high-risk models in air bag recall

DETROIT (AP) — Cars and trucks from the 2008 model year or older that were originally sold or registered in high humidity areas along the U.S. Gulf Coast are getting top priority for repairs as the government commences the massive Takata air bag inflator recall.

Google antsy as California slow on self-driving car rules

JUSTIN PRITCHARD, Associated Press

Expert: Gas prices likely to hold steady

CHAMPAIGN — Ten years ago, other nations held many of the cards that controlled the prices you and I pay as the gas pump.

MTD ridership drops in five of last eight months

CHAMPAIGN — After years of steady growth in ridership, the number of passengers on Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District buses has dropped in five of the last eight months, including an unusual 4.9 percent dip in September, compared with a year earlier.

Ridership for the first three months of the system's new fiscal year is off 3.16 percent.

MTD board takes step toward 6 percent property tax increase

CHAMPAIGN — Members of the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District board Wednesday unanimously approved a resolution seeking a 6 percent increase in the district's property tax levy next year.