Adalberto Toledo

Adalberto Toledo

UPDATE: Davis staffer arrested in incident at opponent's campaign event

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SPRINGFIELD — A staff member for U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis’ campaign has found himself out of a job and facing charges after allegedly punching a man at a Springfield tavern where a campaign event was being held for Davis’ Democratic opponent.

Dance team founder's next step: Finding her group a permanent home

CHAMPAIGN — Standing in formation, the girls swat bugs off their faces as they wait for their coach, Nuri Karim, to start the music and practice. On this day, their studio is Karim's backyard.

Danville mayor applauds revisions to state liquor law

A law signed by Gov. Bruce Rauner last week alters a pre-World War II-era rule limiting alcohol sales near places like hospitals, schools and churches.

Immigration activists raising money for 'resident crisis fund'

URBANA — Immigration activists have gotten together to raise money for a "resident crisis fund" run by the Latino Partnership of Champaign County, and have already raised $2,4371.

Champaign council to study lowering fines for pot possession

CHAMPAIGN — The Champaign City Council is putting in motion a process that could lead to lower fines for adults in possession of cannabis, similar to an initiative launched in Urbana two years ago.

Parkland plans convocation Aug. 23 ahead of start of fall semester

CHAMPAIGN — To kick off the new academic year, Parkland College is inviting all new and returning students for an informal introduction to their new school.

Starting at 11 a.m. Au. 23, students can sign up for clubs, tie-dye T-shirts at an art table and eat for free, all while listening to music from the college's student-run radio station, WPCD-FM.

Rauner's new innovation/technology department in place, on the job

When Gov. Bruce Rauner first came into office, he said, his team saw the state's technology systems were "grossly neglected" and set off on a mission to fix them.

In 2016, he signed an executive order creating the Illinois Department of Innovation and Technology. Late last month, that department became a full-fledged agency of the state.

Amazing Grace: Inspired by dad's situation, daughter pushes through state legislation

GIBSON CITY — Wherever she turned, it seemed, people tried to lower Grace Lattz's expectations.

You're so young. Well, you can try. Don't expect too much.

Then 15 years old, she remembers hearing the same phrases over and over as she ran around the Capitol in Springfield with her self-made business cards, setting up appointments with lawmakers' schedulers and talking to doormen.

Area farmers want free trade, not bail-out

Soybean farmers may get some relief from recent tariffs as the Department of Agriculture makes available $12 billion in temporary federal aid, President Donald Trump announced this week.

Records show ICE activity on rise in Champaign County since 2016

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Over the past several months, local protesters have decried Immigration and Customs Enforcement activity in the area that has led to multiple arrests and intensified the fears of many undocumented people living here.