Gibson City, IL

I-74 construction closing nearby Champaign road

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WCIA) — A road in Champaign next to Interstate 74 will be closed to through traffic this week as construction crews build a new storm sewer for the highway. Weather permitting, Anthony Drive will be closing on Monday between Dale and Dobbins Drives and will reopen on Saturday. While through traffic will not […]
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Children at Illinois day care may have been exposed to monkeypox, officials confirm worker tested positive

An Illinois daycare worker has tested positive for monkeypox, prompting officials to fast-track vaccines for exposed children and other employees, the state’s department of health said Friday.No further details were released about the worker in the Rantoul area, about an hour and a half northeast of Springfield, but the adult was said to be doing well and in isolation.Illinois Department of Health Director Dr. Sameer Vohra said Friday at a news briefing that children and other staff were being screened for the virus.He added that the US Food and Drug Administration made the monkeypox vaccine available for any exposed...
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Community groups team up to send kids back to school with supplies

URBANA, Ill. (WCIA) – Back-to-school supply giveaways are everywhere. But a handful of organizations from Champaign-Urbana want to reach more families, so they teamed up. “Because we all know somebody. That’s what makes it better, that’s what makes it different, and that’s what makes it an opportunity to be a bigger impact to the community,” […]

Illinois Daycare Staff, Children Potentially Exposed To Monkeypox After Worker Tests Positive

An Illinois daycare worker tested positive for the monkeypox virus, suggesting that the staff and children at the center could have been potentially exposed to the disease. Health officials announced Friday that an adult employee at a daycare in Rantoul, Illinois, near Champaign, had tested positive for monkeypox, prompting health care personnel to screen the staff and children in the facility who might have been potentially exposed.

Champaign Police arrest man in connection to early morning shooting

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WCIA) — Champaign Police gave more details about a shooting that left a man hurt Friday. In a news release, police officials said the shooting happened near North Prairie and West Church streets. When officers got there, they found a 28-year-old Urbana man shot in the leg. He was taken to the hospital […]

Man dead after losing control of vehicle, coroner says

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WCIA)– A man is dead after a crash Thursday night in Champaign. Champaign County Coroner Duane Northrup said Jovan A. Smith, 34, was pronounced dead around 10:45 p.m. at the scene. A single-car crash happened around 9:15 p.m., between Kenwood Drive and West Kirby Avenue. Champaign Police said that Smith was driving on […]

Parent coach offers free ‘peaceful parenting’ workshop

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WCIA) – You may have heard of life coaches and fitness coaches, but what about parent coaches? One man says they can be just as useful, even necessary. Brandon Miller is a certified parent coach and CEO of Confluence Parenting. He wants to be an affordable resource in Champaign-Urbana. That’s why he’s offering […]

Paxton Swedes defeat Royal Giants in extra innings, to meet Buckley Dutchmasters in EI League Tournament championship series

BUCKLEY – For the first time since 2006, the Paxton Swedes and Buckley Dutchmasters will meet in the Eastern Illinois Baseball League Tournament championship series. After the top-seeded Dutchmasters defeated the Arcola Riders 12-2 in a six-inning semifinal matchup on Sunday, the third-seeded Swedes overcame the second-seeded Royal Giants 1-0 in a 10-inning contest.

10th Edgars Fellows class meets in Champaign

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WCIA) — The 10th class of the Edgars Fellows Program is meeting this week in Champaign. The Edgar Fellows program, designed by and named for former Illinois governor Jim Edgar, is an initiative to inspire respectful and collaborative leadership to address the state’s major challenges. 40 emerging public policy leaders were chosen as […]

Monkeypox Detected At Illinois Daycare As Worker Gets Infected: How At Risk Are Children?

A number of children at a daycare in central Illinois may have been exposed to monkeypox as a worker at the facility has tested positive for the virus. While it was unclear how many children may have been exposed to the virus at the Rantoul, Illinois, daycare, the Food and Drug Administration has cleared those under the age of 18 to receive the monkeypox vaccine with their guardian's permission under a special circumstance, Illinois health director, Sameer Vohra, said, as reported by NBC News.

Adams ready for big role on O-Line

WCIA — Offensive line has been one of the most consistent position groups for the Fighting Illini for quite a while, with four players being drafted into the NFL in the last four years. There will be some new faces along the line this coming season, but none come with as many expectations as Isaiah […]

High school stars return for Coleman Carrodine Alumni Game

CHAMPAIGN (WCIA) — Plenty of great basketball players have come through both Champaign Central and Centennial. After years of trying to organize it, more than a dozen of the best came back to play in the first alumni game Saturday. The game was played in honor of legendary coach Coleman Carrodine. Centennial assistant principal Sonny […]

Horsch Radish is now open, and here’s the menu

Horsch Radish, the new farm-to-table German restaurant in Gibson City, is now open. The restaurant had a soft opening last weekend and is taking reservations for this weekend. Here's a photo of the menu (which is also available online). Photo by Xiaohui Zhang. Keep an eye on the restaurant's Facebook...

Five things to eat or drink in C-U this month: August 2022

For me, August is all about soaking up the last of summer. This month, I recommend delicious bites and sips to try in Champaign-Urbana while it's still summer. Try a bowl of pho outside, pistachio gelato, patio appetizers, an Italian summer dish, and a peachy cocktail. Pho | 83 Vietnamese...

Creative outlet to express grief in Champaign

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WCIA) — Grief is a part of life, and a group of three women in Champaign are holding an event for people to find some peace. At 25 O’clock Brew on Saturday, a group of women familiar with grief are leading an event filled with poetry, prose, and bubbles. The event was led […]