Environmental groups sue over Illiana Tollway approval

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois environmental groups have filed a lawsuit over the proposed Illiana Tollway. They claim federal approval relied on faulty information and didn't adequately consider environmental impacts.

IDOT to suspend much roadwork during holiday weekend

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Expected heavy traffic throughout Illinois this Memorial Day weekend has prompted the state's transportation department to stop doing any non-emergency roadwork for a few days.

Changes ready for takeoff at Willard

CHAMPAIGN — Proposed changes for Willard Airport in Savoy are about to take flight.

The University of Illinois has issued a request for proposals for operational management of the UI-owned airport, Associate Chancellor Michael DeLorenzo said Wednesday. The university hopes to get response from vendors by June 16.

MTD puts brakes to Air Bus line

CHAMPAIGN — Twelve years after it went into service, the Air Bus route from downtown Champaign to Willard Airport is being discontinued.

With no one to help pay for the line, the MTD is ending the service after Aug. 31.

Righter: I-DOT to study rail congestion in Mattoon

A Mattoon state senator said the fact that the Illinois Department of Transportation is conducting a feasibility study to address Mattoon's rail congestion problem is key part of solving a problem he called serious, unbearable and unacceptable.

Budget fix proposed for Amtrak: Use IDOT road fund

SPRINGFIELD — A contingent of East Central Illinois officials urged lawmakers to preserve full funding for Amtrak in Illinois, although Gov. Bruce Rauner's proposed budget slashes the Amtrak line item from $42 million to $26 million a year.

Hearing set on MTD fare, route changes

CHAMPAIGN — A public hearing on fare, schedule and route changes proposed by the staff of the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District will be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Illinois Terminal, 45 E. University Ave., C.

Old MTD garage demolition should be finished by end of June

URBANA — Demolition of a 40-year-old Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District bus garage — at 801 E. University Ave. — is about halfway completed and should be finished by the end of June.

After that, said MTD grants manager/sustainability planner Jane Sullivan, work will begin on an addition to an existing MTD garage at 803 E. University.

Owners of freaky fast cars visit for Ferrari party

CHAMPAIGN — When you've sold millions of sandwiches, you can afford to buy a few cars.

Jimmy John Liautaud threw a party for more than 200 members of the Ferrari Club of America on Saturday, complete with a barbecue and live music.

Boating restricted on portion of Middlefork River

DANVILLE — Boating has been restricted on a portion of the Milddlefork River.

Ted Fisher, director of the Vermilion County Emergency Management Agency, said on Sunday afternoon that current conditions on the Middlefork River are “signficantly dangerous.”