Construction begins on Chicago-Moline rail line

CHICAGO (AP) — Construction has started to restore passenger rail service between Chicago and the Quad Cities, on the Iowa state line, for the first time since 1979.

Illinois puts $10 million toward Macon County beltway

DECATUR (AP) — The state of Illinois will put $10 million toward beginning work to connect Interstate 72 and U.S. 51 near Decatur.

The Macon County South East Beltway will cost about $150 million and move traffic that passes through Decatur around the city's east side.

Kacich: Driver-facility saga coming to interesting end

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CHAMPAIGN — The saga of the "sick" secretary of state's building seems to be wrapping up, but the ending may not be nice.

Thomasboro Village Board approves motion for lower speed limits

THOMASBORO — Vehicles should be moving a little slower around the village soon.

Board members approved a motion this week directing their attorney to draft an ordinance to amend the village code regarding speed-limit restrictions. The ordinance would be approved at next month's meeting.

Top of the morning, Oct. 6, 2014: From the archives

Bridges in rustic locations have an allure all their own.

Put a roof on them, paint a warning to "cross this bridge at a walk" at their entrance and surround them with trees changing to their fall wardrobe, and you've got a winner.

Five employees - and 196 years - getting off the bus

URBANA — A lot of history — including the only remaining employee who was there at the beginning — is about to go out the door at the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District.

MTD renews Champaign schools contract

CHAMPAIGN — The Champaign school district and the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District are continuing a 37-year relationship for another year.

Local law enforcment joins effort to reduce train deaths

The danger of railroad crossings has hit close to home again this year with two deaths in Champaign County so far.  A new statewide iniative called Rail Safety Week that started Sunday aims to help reduce fatalities on the tracks across the state. Scott Beatty reports.

Deadly crash involving Urbana family puts safety push into question

A self-employed semitractor trailer driver who killed an Urbana family of three and two others on a northern Illinois highway this summer lost all vision in his right eye three decades ago.

Amtrak seeks investigation of Canadian National over routes through C-U

WASHINGTON — Amtrak is seeking an investigation of the Canadian National Railway for what it called "consistently substandard" service on Amtrak's Illini/Saluki trains over the Canadian National tracks through Champaign-Urbana.