Willard exec search next step for task force

SAVOY — With no management firms interested, Willard Airport is about to begin scouting for a new executive director who could be on board by early 2016.

Plans to have an outside management firm run the University of Illinois airport and implement changes suggested by an intergovernmental task force fell through last month when no bidders stepped forward.

Traffic headaches: Holiday complications

During road work season, MIRANDA HOLLOWAY will look ahead and let you know what traffic headaches you may encounter in the next week. 

Street closures around parades and firework shows might complicate some holiday weekend travel, but do not lose hope for Fourth of July trips.

Amtrak maintaining service for now

SPRINGFIELD — Although the Rauner administration announced a week ago that the state would cut its support to Amtrak by 40 percent on July 1, all of the passenger trains are still running in Illinois.

And the status quo will be maintained, at least for several weeks.

2 Uber managers detained in France over low-cost service

PARIS (AP) — French authorities took two Uber managers into custody for questioning on Monday over "illicit activity" involving its low-cost service.

Police giving away 100 bicycles this morning

URBANA — Urbana police and the Champaign County sheriff's office will hold their popular bike giveaway from 10 a.m. to noon today in front of the Public Works Building at 704 S. Glover St.

Michelle Carr, animal control officer for the Urbana Police Department, said the event serves as an opportunity to give back to the community.

Auto correcting

When my son turned 8 years old, one reassuring thought popped in my head: he’s still only halfway to driving.

That fear has lurked in the recesses of my brain since the day he as born, when I couldn’t imagine this tiny baby someday commandeering a metal killing machine.

We have arrived at that day. He is now 15, and about to get his permit.

Rockford proposes new rules for ride-hailing services

ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) — Ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft would be affected by newly proposed rules in Rockford.

Work on Danville bus-transfer zone could start this summer

DANVILLE — Construction may finally begin this summer on a nearly $3 million transfer zone in downtown Danville that's been in the works for several years.

"These final steps are a long time coming," said Mayor Scott Eisenhauer. "It's taken a considerable length of time to get to this point, so we can break ground and build this much-needed facility as soon as possible."

Hot Rod Power Tour rolling into town Sunday

CHAMPAIGN — "Muscle trucks" are among the latest top vehicles to join the The Hot Rod Power Tour, which returns to Champaign on Sunday for the first time in three years.

More than 3,500 participants are already registered for the event, which runs from noon to 7 p.m. at Parkland College and is free for spectators, said Terri Reifsteck, Visit Champaign County's vice president.

AUDIO: Parkland students build car for hot rod tour

You probably won't find a group happier that the Hot Rod Power Tour is coming to Parkland College than the folks at the school's Parkhill Applied Technology Center.  Tim Ditman stopped by this week to find out more about how Parkland students are leaving their mark on this year's tour.