URBANA – A 3-year-old boy from Loda abducted by his father Sunday was found safe in the Town and Country Trailer Park in east Urbana this morning.
"We have the child," said Champaign County Sheriff's Lt. Charles Deakin. "He's happy, healthy, fine, and talking to every policeman on the scene."
Believe it or not, News-Gazette staff writer Brett Dawson prefers the NBA draft to the NFL''s wildly popular version. We asked our college basketball beat writer and resident NBA fanatic to pick five storylines to follow in Thursday''s draft:
CHAMPAIGN – A banking company operating under tight restrictions from state and federal regulators will try to explain its situation to shareholders this week.
CIB Marine Bancshares – the parent company of Central Illinois Bank – will hold an informational meeting for shareholders at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Holiday Inn in Matteson.
Brett Dawson, who correctly picked 10 of 30 selections in the 2003 NBA draft, vows to do better this year. His guarantee: "If the first one is right, so is the second. Probably."
URBANA – Less than a year after the Champaign-Urbana Dialysis Center was threatened with the loss of its certification to treat Medicare patients, public complaints about poor sanitation and patient rights issues at the facility are continuing, a local consumer group says.
"We feel this company is either negligent or incompetent," said Claudia Lennhoff, executive director of Champaign County Health Care Consumers.
Jimmie Smith is a roll-down-the-windows kind of guy.
Working on cars all day in his Urbana auto repair shop, he's used to warm summer temperatures and prefers not to drive through town with the air conditioning on in his 1998 Chevrolet pickup truck.
LODA – Iroquois County officials and Illinois State Police are continuing to investigate the abduction of a 3-year-old Loda boy by his father, who has apparently changed their appearances.
Iroquois County sheriff's Lt. Randy Eimen said today that Daniel J. Tester, 33, and his son, James Earl Tester, nicknamed "Jet," were last seen about 10:30 p.m. Monday at a motel in Madison, Wis. The boy appeared to be in good condition, he said.
CHAMPAIGN – The years-long uncertainty about how the city of Champaign will pay for a new library appears to be over.
Champaign City Council members voted 8-1 Tuesday night, in a straw poll, to increase the local home-rule sales tax by a quarter-cent, to 1.25 percent, and to increase the telecommunications tax by 2.5 percent, to 6 percent overall.
CHAMPAIGN – The Champaign City Council will consider tonight whether to increase the city sales tax and the city's telecommunications tax to help pay for a new city library and other projects.
Champaign Mayor Jerry Schweighart predicts the votes are there to pass both increases.
SPRINGFIELD – Former Gov. Jim Edgar, who led the charge to convert the job of University of Illinois trustee into an appointed position, said he has mixed feelings about legislation pending in the Senate to elect that board instead.
In Springfield on Monday to promote President George W. Bush's re-election campaign in Illinois, Edgar was asked about the proposed change in the governance of the UI.