December 2011

December 2011

Organizer returns to help Paxton holiday giveaway

PAXTON — When Sally Marshall moved to Ohio with her husband, Chad, last spring, she knew she would be back in Paxton for the holidays. As the organizer of the local Project Bright Star toy and clothing giveaway each Christmas, the lifelong Paxton resident had to see the program continue.

Two men rob man in Urbana

URBANA — Urbana police are looking for two men who robbed a man as he walked on an Urbana street Tuesday night.

Sgt. Dan Morgan said a 26-year-old Urbana man was walking in the 100 block of West California Avenue near Broadway Avenue, just south of Lincoln Square, at 8:10 p.m.

Expect lots of talking before downtown project goes forward

URBANA — Whatever happens with Champaign architect and developer Gary Olsen's mammoth Metro Centre project proposed for downtown Urbana, it won't happen quickly.

McCann won't challenge Johnson

CARLINVILLE — With the congressional candidate filing period to begin Friday in Illinois, another potential challenger to U.S. Rep. Tim Johnson, R-Urbana, has said no.

Sen. Sam McCann, R-Carlinville, said Tuesday he would not oppose Johnson in the newly created 13th Congressional District that runs from Champaign-Urbana south to the Illinois suburbs of St. Louis.

What comes next in North Korea?

The United States, South Korea and other nations can only stand by as the drama of succession plays out in North Korea.

Now that the "Dear Leader" of North Korea, Kim Jong Il, is gone, what happens next?

Calvin Miller pleads guilty to misdemeanor fleeing, resisting charges

URBANA — A Champaign teen whose flight from police and subsequent arrest sparked allegations of police brutality today took legal responsibility for his actions.

Rep. Tim Johnson statement on his payroll tax vote


Rep. Tim Johnson, R-Urbana, was one of seven House Republicans to vote yesterday with Democrats on the GOP proposal to force a payroll tax extension and unemployment benefits bill back to a House conference committee.



Anita Dukeman's memories of a Polish Christmas, with recipe for pierogi

Here's a Christmas-themed post from guest blogger Anita Dukeman.


Truck driver ticketed after accident blocks I-57 near Arcola

ARCOLA — An Iowa truck driver was ticketed for improper lane usage after his semitrailer overturned near Arcola early Wednesday morning.
Timothy R. Pingel, 42, of Cherokee, Iowa, told state police he was distracted by a beverage in his 2005 Peterbilt truck. He was pulling a trailer northbound on Interstate 57.

Woman's effort helps recover stolen instrument

URBANA — An efficient victim who circulated information about her stolen musical instrument to area music stores, and an employee who had read it, played a major role in the arrest of a Champaign man.