French court says Uber may infringe on taxi law

GREG KELLER, Associated Press

MTD garage demolition may start in spring if state gives nod

CHAMPAIGN — Demolition of a 1970s-era Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District bus garage in east Urbana will begin in the early spring, and construction of a new facility will follow shortly.

Ogden bans semis at village park

OGDEN — After months of debate, Ogden trustees voted to not allow semitrailer trucks at the village park.

"I am not trying to make anyone's life a hardship," said trustee Duane Fitch, who has counted as many as five semis in the park in recent months. "I am not anti-truck."

Grain may stay through year's end

CHAMPAIGN — A huge harvest has resulted in grain elevators storing big piles of grain outside, and one manager said it may be about a month before that grain is shipped out.

Urbana City Council to consider Green Street improvements

URBANA — A portion of Green Street would receive more than
$9.2 million in improvements over the next several years under an intergovernmental agreement that’s up for consideration tonight by the Urbana City Council.

The council is expected to vote on an agreement with the city of Champaign, Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District and the University of Illinois Board of Trustees.

With Champaign facility closed, mobile Secretary of State office draws crowd Wednesday

A Champaign resident said with all the available real estate available in the city, he doesn't understand why a new Secretary of State's office wasn't opened immediately.

Scott Carney made the comments Wednesday at the crowded mobile office on the University of Illinois campus after the Champaign office closed for good on Nov. 8 due to possible air quality issues.

Urbana earns honors from national biking organization

URBANA — If you like to ride a bike, Urbana is an ideal place to live or work, a leading national bicycling organization says.

The League of American Bicyclists announced Tuesday that Urbana has become the first city in Illinois to be designated as a Gold Bike Friendly Community.

Only 21 cities reached the gold standard, the highest level of recognition provided by the league.

Still no official word on Uber expansion to Champaign

The ride sharing company Uber is still playing its cards close to the vest about a possible expansion to Champaign-Urbana.

Monticello gets draft of plan for bicycle network

MONTICELLO — As the city's assistant recreation director, Mindy Condis has a professional stake in the bicycle network master plan that will be considered by Monticello leaders over the next month.

But as a mom and lifelong Monticello resident, she also has a personal stake in the idea of safe bike routes in town.

Grain in main is waiting on the trains

CHAMPAIGN — Area grain elevators say they're bumping up against capacity because railroads haven't been able to ship out crops as fast as farmers bring them in.