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Champaign man admits sexually assaulting girl under age 13

Brian Kocher, 23, pleaded guilty Monday to predatory criminal sexual assault of a child, heading off a jury trial set to begin that day. He faces up to 23 years in prison at his sentencing.

Champaign man admits sexually assaulting girl under age 13
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Go Figure, April 24, 2018

Go Figure, April 24, 2018

A numerical look at local headlines. Today: Expenses approved by the Champaign school board; donated trees for Urbana to plant; and the Urbana Fire Department's stellar rating from the Insurance Services Office.

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Illini baseball team not in ‘Dark Ages’ when it comes to analytics

Illini baseball team not in ‘Dark Ages’ when it comes to analytics

Kameron Wells, a graduate student, Charlie Young, an undergraduate, and Illinois emeritus professor Alan Nathan spearheading the project.

The Weather Front On-Line

A positive change in weather ahead

The 6- to 10-day outlook calls for the likelihood of above-normal temperatures across the Plains and Midwest.

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Getting Personal: Elizabeth Singer

Getting Personal: Elizabeth Singer

Staff writer Paul Wood chats with the University Laboratory High School senior who is involved in everything from the safety of students to robotics.

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Tue, 04/24/2018 - 12:08pm

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Tue, 04/24/2018 - 8:07pm

Urbana man gets probation for hitting school bus while license suspended

Urbana man gets probation for hitting school bus while license suspended

Patrick Gilyard, 28, pleaded guilty in March to misdemeanor driving under suspension, admitting that on Sept. 7, he ran a stop sign at the intersection of Oregon Street and Cottage Grove Avenue and hit a First Student bus.


Tue, 04/24/2018 - 8:14pm

Rietz asks for 17-year-old to be tried as an adult on drug charges

The youth was charged as a juvenile Monday with possession with intent to deliver cocaine and methamphetamine; the transfer to adult court was requested because he will turn 18 later this month and because of the seriousness of the charges.



Tue, 04/24/2018 - 7:00am

UI senate to discuss resolution to ban Chief at games at next meeting

UI senate to discuss resolution to ban Chief at games at next meeting

Professor Jay Rosenstein's request for a vote will be made over the objections of Chancellor Robert Jones, who is concerned about losing the trust of Chief proponents just a few weeks after his first 'Critical Conversation.'


Tue, 04/24/2018 - 12:03pm

Rantoul man gets 30 years for sex assault of child

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Isaiah Allen, 55, will have to spend at least 25 1/2 years behind bars before he is eligible for parole.


Tue, 04/24/2018 - 10:50am

Urbana details street closings for marathon

Urbana details street closings for marathon

The city will restrict parking and close several streets to through traffic for the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon on Saturday.


Tue, 04/24/2018 - 7:00am

Five-story luxury development on North Neil breaking ground this week

Five-story luxury development on North Neil breaking ground this week

The site at 520 N. Neil St. will have first-floor retail, fifth-floor office space for the Champaign-based Serra Ventures venture-capital firm and 35 one- and two-bedroom luxury apartments on the other floors.


Mon, 04/23/2018 - 10:20pm

7 facing charges in 'chaotic situation' at Centennial that sent 1 to hospital

7 facing charges in 'chaotic situation' at Centennial that sent 1 to hospital

Six of the teens detained were charged Monday in juvenile court while the seventh was charged in adult court because he's 18 years old. All were identified as Centennial students.


Tue, 04/24/2018 - 7:00am

Nursing home sale committee endorses offer from Evanston firms

Nursing home sale committee endorses offer from Evanston firms

The evaluation review panel, in a 7-2 vote, said the offer from Extended Care Clinical LLC and Altitude Health Services Inc. was viable and met the requirements for a proposal set out by the county board last year.


 
 

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