URBANA – A Parkland College student accused of opening bank accounts with bad checks and making withdrawals could face a mandatory prison term if convicted.
Our special coverage of the run-up to the Texas Bowl between the Fighting Illini and the Baylor Bears begins in Sunday's sports section.
The game is December 29 in Houston. It's a special sports night with the Illini men's basketball team also opening the Big Ten season in Iowa City that night.
Illinois is playing in its 16th postseason game Wednesday. Here are staff writer Bob Asmussen's picks for the best and the brightest Illini from the first 15:
Dare to compare
A game-by-game look at the seasons for Illinois (6-6) and Baylor (7-5):
Eight-year-old Virginia O'Hanlon wrote a letter to the editor of New York's Sun, and the quick response was printed as an unsigned editorial on Sept. 21, 1897. The work of veteran newsman Francis Pharcellus Church has since become history's most reprinted newspaper editorial.
"DEAR EDITOR: I am 8 years old.
CHAMPAIGN – Oh no, what if you get sick on Christmas?
The doctors' offices will be closed at local clinics, but some of the convenient care centers will be opened through the holidays.
Here are the hours posted at their convenient care locations:
MAHOMET – It began as a few lights on the shrubs and the light pole 30 years ago.
"It just started growing from there," said Dixie Schoonover.
Now the holiday display at the Timberview Drive home of Dixie and her husband George has about 80,000 lights that cover the home's roof, trees, bushes, windows and even part of the neighbor's yard.
CHAMPAIGN – One of the founders of SolarBridge Technologies says he learned some valuable lessons in the seven years since the company was founded.
One of them, ironically, was that for certain entrepreneurs, the lowest risk is to "bet all of your chips" on one product.
Another lesson learned by SolarBridge co-founder Patrick Chapman: Move quickly.
DANVILLE – With five candidates in the race for Danville mayor, a February primary is necessary.
But it will cost taxpayers $50,000-$60,000 and narrow the field by just one candidate, heading into the April 5 consolidated election, according to Barbara Dreher, director of the Danville Election Commission.
In crimes reported to area police:
– 900 block of Meijer Drive: Wallet, driver's license, identification items and a credit card reported missing Tuesday.
– 1600 block of Rion Drive: 1998 Chevy truck with a German shepherd left in the back stolen Tuesday.