Flash flood watch issued

A flash flood watch is in effect for a portion of East Central Illinois through late Tuesday night.

The watch covers DeWitt, Macon, Moultrie, Piatt, and Shelby counties.

Additional heavy rainfall is possible through tonight on ground that is nearly saturated in some places. A couple of inches of rain or more is possible.

For two weeks, 24 UI students get to be insiders at variety of major venues

On Monday, 24 University of Illinois students will meet in the parking lot of Huff Hall and board a bus.

Two weeks and 2,432 miles later, they'll have seen the inner workings of professional sports teams, athletic venues, parks like Niagara Falls and Saratoga Springs, and all kinds of venues across the spectrum of recreation, sports and tourism.

Willard airline agent earns Tourism Impact award for work with travelers

CHAMPAIGN — If you've ever flown out of Willard Airport, there's a good chance you've met Paty Stipes.

"She is that helpful one at the American Airlines counter greeting almost everyone by name and providing help and making sure that all the connections down the line are going smoothly," said Jayne DeLuce, president of Visit Champaign County.

Federal grant will fund Willard runway upgrade

SAVOY — University of Illinois Willard Airport hopes to begin work on a runway improvement project next year with the help of a $9.9 million federal grant.

The grant was announced Friday by U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Taylorville, a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

The money will be used to reconstruct one of the three runways at Willard.

Wright home in Rockford to get visitors' center

ROCKFORD (AP) — There are plans to open a visitors' center in Rockford for the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Laurent House, which opened as a museum four years ago.

UPDATED: Flash flood remains in effect

9:22 a.m. Update

The dense fog advisory has been cancelled.



The National Weather Service says a portion of East Central Illinois is under a dense fog advisory until 9 a.m. Thursday.

The advisory includes Champaign, Coles, Douglas, Edgar, and Vermilion counties.

Wind advisory for Ford and Iroquois counties

A wind advisory will be in effect for Ford and Iroquois Counties from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. on Friday.

The National Weather Service says that winds could gust up to 45 miles per hour, which will make driving difficult, especially for high profile vehicles.

Top of the Morning, April 6, 2019

It wasn't just the tour of the Capitol or walk by the White House or visit to the Smithsonian that thrilled the kids from the Boyz2Men Mentoring Program.

Simply driving from Champaign to Washington, D.C., for a few days over spring break was pretty cool, too.

Coroner: Woman killed in Douglas County crash died of blunt force trauma

TUSCOLA — The Douglas County coroner said an autopsy showed a woman killed in a crash near Camargo on Wednesday morning died from blunt force trauma.

However, Joe Victor said further tests are being run to see if Joan Biebel, 66, may have suffered from an underlying medical condition that would have caused her to veer into the oncoming lane of traffic and sideswipe a truck.

Urbana man killed in crash

Update Friday 8:18 a.m.

MAHOMET — The Champaign County Coroner says an Urbana man was killed Thursday night in an accident about a mile north of Mahomet.

Coroner Duane Northrup says 29-year-old Lyle Owens died at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana around 8:10 p.m. An autopsy has been scheduled for Friday.