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Accused kidnapper's attorneys want main charge dropped, venue changed

Pretrial motions filed by Brendt Christensen's public defenders ask for the trial to be moved because of a 'journalistic tsunami of pretrial publicity' and say the case is a matter of state, not federal jurisdiction and that prosecutors can't prove Yinying Zhang was coerced or forced into his car.

Accused kidnapper's attorneys want main charge dropped, venue changed
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Getting Personal: Ramona Sullivan

Getting Personal: Ramona Sullivan

Staff writer Paul Wood chats with the 46-year-old attorney and activist from Savoy about two serious issues close to her heart in February: domestic violence and a rare disease.

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Judge 'quashed' thousands of warrants

Judge 'quashed' thousands of warrants

City legal staffs say they're unsure now how to proceed on outstanding ordinance violations after Judge Tom Difanis set aside 2,547 outstanding warrants, some issued as long ago as 2001.

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Where the money went: A town-by-town look at 2017 government spending

Where the money went: A town-by-town look at 2017 government spending

The News-Gazette sent open-records requests to 61 area towns, asking for every purchase of $5,000 or more. Here's what we found.

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Tue, 01/16/2018 - 9:53am

UPDATED: victim identified in fatal crash on I-57 near Thomasboro

UPDATED: victim identified in fatal crash on I-57 near Thomasboro

Champaign County Coroner Duane Northrup said 58 year-old Robert Bross of Savoy was pronounced dead at the hospital at 10:40 a.m. Monday, about 20 minutes after the accident.


Tue, 01/16/2018 - 7:00am

Champaign council set to vote on new video-gambling regulations

Champaign council set to vote on new video-gambling regulations

If the measure passes, the number of so-called gambling cafes/loungeswould be capped at 23 — the number that currently exist or have applications pending.



Tue, 01/16/2018 - 7:00am

Urbana mayor set to unveil plan to rehabilitate Lincoln Square area

Urbana mayor set to unveil plan to rehabilitate Lincoln Square area

Diane Marlin will outline the process, known as the 'Mayor's Institute on City Design — Lincoln Square Vision,' at the Urbana City Council meeting, bumped to tonight because of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday.


Tue, 01/16/2018 - 7:00am

Snow, ice aren't the only things road salt will eat away at

Snow, ice aren't the only things road salt will eat away at

The damage it does to your shoes and the effects it could have on the environment raise questions about it being the best solution for winter storms.


Tue, 01/16/2018 - 7:00am

Harold's GOP challenger for AG proposes pension convention

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Gary Grasso, so far the only other person seeking the Republican nomination for attorney general, said he would push for a constitutional-convention question on the 2022 ballot to address public pensions and term limits.


Tue, 01/16/2018 - 7:00am

Frigid winter has men's emergency shelter overflowing

Frigid winter has men's emergency shelter overflowing

An average of 43 men a night are seeking beds in the space at New Covenant Fellowship Church, which can hold 30. When it hits capacity, others are sent to an overflow site in a Salvation Army building on North Prospect Avenue.


Tue, 01/16/2018 - 7:00am

Tolono youths' mission: Warming up C-U at Home's fundraiser

Children from youth groups at churches in the Unit 7 school district are meeting at First Presbyterian Church of Tolono to make fleece blankets that will be distributed at the One Winter Night event Feb. 2.


Tue, 01/16/2018 - 7:00am

Jim Dey: Getting, staying on ballot equally tough for Dems in AG race

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