The Daily Illini

Cunningham Township Board approves social service budget

By Chris Pullam

May 5, 2014

Urbana taxpayers will support a final amended budget of $1.3 million for social service funding in the 2015 fiscal year after the Cunningham Township Board passed the proposed budget following a 5-2 vote.  The Cunningham Township Board serves the same area as the city of Urbana and is responsible for is...

Urbana greenlights a go-green recycling plant

By Eli Murray

January 16, 2014

The Urbana City Council approved two permits on December 16 allowing Southwind Ras, a company specializing in asphalt shingle recycling, to build an recycling plant. The plant, slated to be built along West Saline Court, will take the roofing shingles and recycle them for use on asphalt roads. The fac...

Urbana City Council leaves property tax open to increase

By Eli Murray

November 20, 2013

An ordinance passed by the Urbana City Council on Tuesday leaves open the possibility to increase property taxes by nearly .05 percentage points. The possible tax hike would compensate for the budget deficit created by the tax exemption of two major hospitals. The ordinance set the levy amount at $7...

Urbana public works offers aid to Gifford, Council passes two ordinances

By Eli Murray

November 19, 2013

At the Urbana City Council meeting Tuesday, the council concluded with the approval of two ordinances. The first of the ordinances introduced changes to the way Urbana addresses and enforces handicap parking. Under the new ordinance, all mentions of “handicap” in the law were changed to say “per...

Discrimination leads to need for traffic stop study

November 13, 2013

Urbana City Council passed a motion at its Tuesday meeting to develop a “citizen traffic stop study commission” to study disparities in traffic stops and how they relate to the race of the driver. The motion came after city council reviewed the Illinois Department of Transportation’s traffic stop d...

Urbana purchases farmland for road construction

Urbana purchases farmland for road construction

By Eli Murray

November 6, 2013

Urbana Department of Public Works signed an agreement on Oct. 23 to purchase 16.96 acres of land from the owners of Heimburger Farm near the 4800 block of North Lincoln Avenue. The land is to be used in the construction of the Olympian Drive project. Once completed, the project will connect Olympian ...