Ben Zigterman

Ben Zigterman

At least 16 priests with area ties on Illinois list of alleged sex offenders

CHAMPAIGN — At least 16 priests with area connections are among the nearly 400 Catholic clergy members and church staff in Illinois named in a report — released Wednesday by a Minnesota-based law firm — that accuses them of sexual m

Bad weather last fall left farmers with lots to do ahead of spring

With lousy weather last fall, local farmers are expecting a busy spring.

"With the cold weather and rains last fall, a lot of the prep work that we normally do didn't get done," said Steve Stierwalt, who farms near Sadorus. "Farmers are going to be a little more anxious to get to the fields to catch up."

Alleged misuse of funds spells trouble for Meyer Charitable Foundation

CHAMPAIGN — When Elisabeth Kimmel allegedly paid bribes to get her kids into Georgetown and the University of Southern California, prosecutors say she did so with $525,000 from her family's Champaign-based Meyer Charitable Foundation.

Just Askin' | Spring yard-waste collection

Q: When is spring yard-waste collection this year?

A: It depends on where you live, but in Champaign, Urbana and Danville, it will begin sometime next month.

Champaign has shortened its yard-waste pickup from four consecutive weeks to one collection in April and another in May for each of the Orange and Blue zones the city is divided into.

Data breach at Papa Del's may have exposed customers' card info

CHAMPAIGN — A data breach at Papa Del's may have exposed customers' credit- and debit-card numbers, expiration dates and security codes.

Customers who paid with a credit or debit card between May 9 and Sept. 30, 2018, at the Pizza Factory at 1201 S. Neil St., C, could be affected, said the restaurant known for its deep-dish pizza.

Others in C-U used company at center of college-admissions scandal

CHAMPAIGN — Elisabeth Kimmel, who announced her resignation from First Busey Corp.'s board of directors Thursday after being charged in a college-admissions bribery scandal, isn't the only person with ties to the area who was familiar with the company at the center of the allegations — The Key — and its owner, Rick Singer.

Court casting wide net for jury in Christensen trial

PEORIA — A thousand questionnaires have been sent out this month to potential jurors in the trial of accused kidnapper and killer Brendt Christensen, U.S. District Judge James Shadid said Thursday at a hearing in Peoria.

8 McDonald's in C-U sold to family members of Taylorville legislator

CHAMPAIGN — The longtime owners of most of the Champaign-Urbana McDonald's locations have sold their eight restaurants to family members of U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Taylorville.

Davis' brother Brad and father, Marty, who own the McDonald's locations in Taylorville, Pana, Shelbyville and Vandalia, completed the sale Wednesday, according to now-former-co-owner Scott Miller.

First Busey board member among those charged in college-admissions bribery scheme

LAS VEGAS — A member of First Busey Corp.'s board of directors allegedly used her family's charity to bribe the tennis coach at Georgetown University to help her daughter get admitted there in 2013.

UI agronomist shares dark forecast at Dewey Bank farmer's breakfast

DEWEY — Farmers at the annual Dewey Bank farmer's breakfast were a little depressed after hearing a forecast for continued low corn and soybean prices this year.

Todd Hubbs, an agronomist at the University of Illinois, predicted that average soybean prices per bushel will be $8.30 in the 2019-20 marketing year, down from $8.50 this year.