SPRINGFIELD – A 16-bed home for the developmentally disabled in Monticello is facing a $20,000 fine for allegedly failing to protect its residents from physical abuse by another resident, the Illinois Department of Public Health announced Tuesday.
The Cornerstone Home at 1009 S. Irving St. in Monticello is appealing the fine and has requested a hearing on the matter.
It was luck, really, that brought the Illinois Central Railroad to Rantoul.
Plans called for a Chicago branch of the railroad to stretch for about 270 miles from Chicago to Centralia. Champaign County just happened to be in the middle.
PIERSON STATION – There are only a handful of houses in this town, most of them with hollyhocks, and young Ernie Utt had to go to Champaign or Decatur for his favorite pursuit – pinball.
Army 1st Sgt. Utt made it a long way away, to North Carolina, Texas, California and eventually Iraq, where he was killed in a rocket attack on Baghdad. In September, he would have been 39. The incident is still under investigation.
URBANA – Authorities are investigating the death Sunday of a 3-year-old boy as an apparent case of child abuse.
An autopsy done on Altravius Bolden, who would have been 4 in September, revealed he died of blunt force trauma, according to testimony given at a shelter care hearing that began Monday in Champaign County Circuit Court and concluded Tuesday.
CHAMPAIGN – Champaign police were investigating the death of a man hit by a train early Wednesday.
Champaign police spokeswoman Joan Walls said a man on the railroad tracks just east of Neil Street was struck by a freight train about 6:15 a.m. in the 1500 block of South Neil Street. The train was headed north, Walls said. Train employees called in the accident.
Rajeev Ram was being coddled.
He didn''t mind. He wasn''t complaining.
But even as his tennis game made strides, Ram felt college life pampering him. In his semester-long stay at Illinois, Ram was told where to go and when to be there, and while he loved his time in Champaign-Urbana, he knew when it was time to go.
SPRINGFIELD – Criticizing what it called Champaign County's "parallel juvenile justice system," the Illinois Supreme Court ruled that minors who fail to comply with the terms of supervision a city imposes for ordinance violations should not be charged with contempt of court.
Detention or imprisonment is a sentencing option for contempt, but is not an option for the original ordinance violations. So the cities were able to obtain tougher punishment by seeking contempt charges than what they were otherwise eligible to obtain by revoking supervision, the court noted in a ruling released late last week.
TUSCOLA – Sandra Decker used to cook meals for the inmates at the Douglas County Jail. Now she's the sheriff.
Decker, 66, a mother and grandmother, made history on May 24 when she became the county's first female sheriff.
Legal fees have mounted for the city of Urbana, as the first sexual discrimination public hearing case heard by the city's Human Relations Commission has turned into the longest case heard by the commission in 10 years, and possibly ever.
As of June 23, legal fees for the hearing involving Lynn Sprout, a former Carle Foundation Hospital nurse manager, claiming she was fired because she is a lesbian, have cost taxpayers over $24,000. Traci Nally, the attorney representing the city of Urbana, is being paid $120 per hour by the city and has been paid $19,852 since June 2003, according to the city attorney's office. Hearing officer Donald Jackson, who acts as presiding judge for the case, has received $3,559 since June 2003. The case began June 15 and threatens to linger into August.
The next step in Sean Harrington''s basketball career will bring him a lot closer to home.
The former Illinois guard on Wednesday will be introduced as the director of basketball operations at Northern Illinois, where he''ll join former Illini assistant Rob Judson''s staff.