CHAMPAIGN – Police arrested a Champaign man for shooting his ex-girlfriend in Champaign on Monday night.
Markele Powell, 23, whose last known address was in the 1100 block of North Sixth Street, was arrested for aggravated battery and attempted murder, according to Champaign police Lt. Joe Gallo.
News-Gazette beat writer Paul Klee's weekly look at the best game in the world:
CHAMPAIGN – It's hard to escape the perception that the Big Ten is down in basketball.
The exhibition losses by Ohio State and Michigan State resounded throughout the country.
Jason Ford has changed his mind. Which is good news for the Illinois football program.
The two-time News-Gazette All-State running back from Belleville Althoff originally gave a commitment to Iowa in the summer. But Ford reconsidered and will instead sign with Illinois in early February.
Illini volleyball players Laura BeBruler and Vicki Brown on Monday were named honorable mention All-Big Ten and DeBruler was named to one of the six spots on the league's All-Freshman team. Sophomore libero Ashley Edinger was
the Illini's Sportsmanship Award recipient.
MONTICELLO – The Monticello City Council on Monday voted to make a final offer to Heartland Pathways for two parcels of land. If the offer is refused, the council plans to vote on using eminent domain to take the land.
The city council has been in negotiations with Heartland Pathways, an area nature trail organization, and its president, David Monk, for more than 12 years.
SAVOY – The village board is scheduled to vote Wednesday on an annexation agreement with the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District.
The annexation agreement offers a phased approach for the MTD's annexation of Savoy south of Curtis Road over the next 25 years. And if it's given the OK, the agreement will bring resolution to what has become one of the village's most debated issues – for residents and trustees alike.
URBANA – City council members say they like the look of a new streetlight pole and fixture being suggested for the University District when a major project to replace outdated street lighting on campus begins in 2009.
But some aldermen are concerned that the light fixture might add to light pollution in the cities.
Now we see why they're called legislative special sessions (at least under Gov. Rod Blagojevich): lawmakers show up in Springfield, do nothing and get paid for their expenses. They're special for someone.
And taxpayers get stuck with the bill. It's at more than $840,000 so far this year, with at least one more special session – on Wednesday – ordered by the governor. It wouldn't be so bad if legislators were accomplishing something – a new tax structure, political reform, passage of a capital improvements program, education funding revisions. They're all on the to-do list. But so far this year the 42 days of special sessions have yielded nothing.
Let's hope Chicago has more good fortune selling naming rights and sponsorships for its city-owned landmarks and programs than the state of Illinois has.
State officials announced in 2003 that they had hired Team Services LLC (with a no-bid contract, of course) that they estimated would bring in hundreds of millions of dollars a year in corporate sponsorships and naming rights. In reality, the company fell far short of those revenue estimates, although it was paid more than $186,766 in fiscal years 2004 and 2005.