Power of the pedal

Bicycle in any direction from Champaign-Urbana and you're in good bicycling country.

Perhaps not epic.

But good.

Rich Warren: Autos are next gizmo hot spot

As if distracted driving was not a big enough safety issue, while bicycling in rural Champaign County I recently passed a texting horseback rider. I took extra precautions not to startle the horse as I carefully passed.

Former Rep. Black has bridge named in his honor

A Vermilion County bridge that former Illinois state representative Bill Black spearheaded efforts to rebuild has been named for him.

The Illinois House recognized on Tuesday Bill Black's efforts with the designation of Stony Creek Bridge as  "Stony Creek Bridge Honoring State Rep. William B. Black."

Rauner budget cuts could mean $10 million hit for MTD

CHAMPAIGN — Gov. Bruce Rauner's proposed budget cuts could mean the loss of as much as $10 million to the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District, MTD Managing Director Karl Gnadt said Wednesday.

That would amount to an overall 25 percent cut, he said.

'Opportunity is there' for trail linking Monticello, Bement

BEMENT — Formal talk of a 7-mile recreational trail between Monticello and Bement began five years ago, and Monticello Director of Community Development Callie McFarland joked that it could be five more before it comes to fruition. But progress is being made, she told Bement Area Chamber of Commerce members recently.

Bus, taxi operators chime in on Uber

URBANA — Karl Gnadt knows all about Uber, the ride-hailing service that began operating locally on Sunday.

The managing director of the Champaign-Urbana MTD has twice booked rides through Uber — once in New Orleans, once in Houston. He went 1 for 2 in the customer service department.

Urbana to replace brick street with concrete pavement

URBANA — A portion of Broadway Avenue near Crystal Lake Park will no longer be a brick street.

The Urbana City Council voted 7-0 on Monday to approve a plan to replace the brick pavement on Broadway Avenue between Stebbins Drive and Oakland Avenue with concrete pavement.

Rantoul native recounts being one of first black stewardesses

CHICAGO — Back in the early 1970s when Cassandra "Casey" Grant began work as an airline stewardess, the position was a glamorous one.

Stewardesses were looked up to like movie stars or models, Grant said. At least white stewardesses were. It took a while for fellow crew members and a portion of the public to accept Grant and other African Americans in the aviation industry.

Updated: Wednesday crashes back up traffic on I-57, I-74

New 8:45 p.m. Wednesday:

From Illinois State Police:

Snowstorm headed our way

Sunday evening, it seems, will be a perfect time for a Super Bowl party.

That's when the National Weather Service says a midwinter snowstorm will be finished dumping up to 8 inches of snow in a band across central Illinois, including Champaign-Urbana and Danville.