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.

Water line break closes part of Stadium Drive in Champaign

CHAMPAIGN - Stadium Drive between Neil and Oak streets in Champaign has been closed to all traffic due to what is being described as a major water line break that happened about 8:15 a.m. Thursday.
A release from the University of Illinois suggested the street should reopen by 6 p.m. Thursday.

New: UI police review video of MTD bus hitting female student

URBANA — University of Illinois police say they have reviewed video footage of an MTD bus hitting a woman near Memorial Stadium on Tuesday afternoon.

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.