CHAMPAIGN – Theresa Grentz isn't sure why Erin Wigley is playing so well, but she doesn't really mind.
If Wigley continues to play like she did in Illinois' 74-65 overtime victory against Penn State on Thursday, Grentz will have no complaints.
CHAMPAIGN – After a somewhat strange 40 minutes plus one overtime, Illinois exhaled.
But for the four Pennsylvania natives on Theresa Grentz's roster, it was time to celebrate. The reason: a thrilling 74-65 victory against Penn State in the Big Ten opener.
RANTOUL – A 19-year-old Rantoul man is accused of beating a wheelchair-bound woman on the head with a rock-filled sock in Rantoul.
Jeremy Price, who listed an address in the 400 block of Letchworth Avenue, was arraigned Thursday on charges of attempted first-degree murder and aggravated battery.
CHAMPAIGN – Several hundred area children are wearing new winter coats, thanks to donations from the community.
The Champaign school district's Family Information Center, through its Warm-A-Kid program, collected donations to provide coats to children just before winter break, as well as to area families and to The Pavilion, which serves Champaign school students. And a dozen or so middle and high school students will be getting coats when school starts up again next week.
FISHER – Over the past year the Fisher Village Board has spent more than $150,000 to develop a park on the site where the town's grade school once stood.
A tennis court and basketball court have been installed and concrete has been poured for a skate park.
CHAMPAIGN – A woman and her grown son escaped a fire in their home in northwest Champaign on Thursday night.
Eastern Prairie firefighters were called to 1404 King's Way Drive at 8:22 p.m. Thursday, according to Fire Chief Mike Kobel.
DANVILLE – Ward 2 alderman Rick Strebing has less competition now.
Contender Lori Ann Smith withdrew her petition Thursday, the last day for candidates to withdraw from the upcoming city elections.
DANVILLE – Harwal Hotel owner Eric Williams has a reprieve for now.
A municipal court hearing officer agreed with a recommendation by City Attorney David Wesner to continue the case until April.
OAKWOOD – Joe and Dawn Taylor, owners of Sleepy Creek Vineyard, are knocking on doors in the Catlin area in a quest to change Catlin Township from dry to wet.
In the next three weeks, the Oakwood area couple need about 100 more petition signatures to get a question on the April 17 ballot asking voters to end prohibition in Catlin Township.
URBANA – Champaign County has settled with one of the three main contractors on its new nursing home, with the agreement that PKD Inc. will testify in further litigation or arbitration.
Champaign County Board Chairman C. Pius Weibel said PKD has agreed to a $127,000 settlement.