In Thursday's News-Gazette, we're planning stories about the continuing MTD wars, another applicant for the Champaign council and a tour of an Egyptian exhibit in E3 magazine.
The list of people interested in a vacancy on the Champaign City Council keeps on growing, Patrick Wade reports. There are now five candidates hoping to succeed Kyle Harrison, who has resigned effective June 15.
URBANA — A Champaign man whose DNA was found at a crime scene has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for residential burglary.
On Wednesday, Judge Tom Difanis sentenced Nicholas James, 26, who listed an address in the 2800 block of Campbell Drive, Champaign, to 30 years of prison.
James will receive credit for 173 days he has already served.
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CERRO GORDO — A woman who had been reported missing earlier today by the Piatt County Sheriff’s Office has made contact with her family.
Amber Bresnahan, 21, hadn’t been seen since May 22, according to Piatt County Chief Deputy Mark E. Huckstep. No details were released about where Bresnahan has been.
CHAMPAIGN — With less than two days remaining before the application for deadlines, the list of candidates for a city council vacancy grew to five on Wednesday.
Barbara Kenny-Langendorf is the most recent to submit her name. She's been living in Champaign for 30 years, she said, and has owned her own home-construction company for 17 of them.
CISSNA PARK — A truck hauling a 101,000-pound piece of a wind turbine overturned in southern Iroquois County Tuesday evening.
Troopers from District 21 Illinois State Police responded to the crash at 6:14 p.m. Tuesday on Illinois 49, just south of Iroquois County Road 1120 North, about five miles north of Cissna Park, according to a news release.
Illinois' upcoming move to a $1.98 per pack cigarette tax will move it into 16th place among the states, according to information from the Federation of Tax Administrators.
States with higher cigarettes taxes are:
New York $4.35 per pack
News-Gazette college baseball beat writer Jeff Huth offers his Big Ten-centric thoughts on the NCAA tournament, which opens Friday: