Michael Kiser

Michael Kiser

Pilot unhurt after forced landing of crop duster in Piatt County field

MANSFIELD — The Piatt County Sheriff’s Office said a pilot was not injured when his small plane had a forced landing in a field Sunday.

The sheriff’s office said emergency crews were called about 7 p.m. Sunday to a field about 3 miles west of Mansfield and south of U.S. 150.

Vermilion board chairman chosen to fill out Hays' term in Illinois House

DANVILLE — Vermilion County Board Chairman Mike Marron doesn't think he will have an unfair advantage in November's election by filling out the rest of state Rep. Chad Hays' term when the Catlin Republican steps down in September.

Felony DUI charges filed in weekend fatal crash in Mahomet

URBANA — A Mahomet man is facing DUI charges in connection with a weekend crash that claimed the life of his passenger.

On Monday, prosecutors filed two counts of aggravated driving under the influence against Chad Smith, 27. He was initially ticketed for driving under the influence of alcohol following the single-vehicle accident around 2:45 a.m. Saturday.

Flood advisory remains for southeastern Iroquois County

7:06 p.m. Thursday update

A flood advisory has been issued for southeastern Iroquois County until 10 p.m. Thursday.


2:20 p.m. Thursday update

A flood advisory has been issued for Ford and Iroquois counties until 5:15 p.m. Thursday.


12:27 p.m. Thursday update

Fire displaces residents of Champaign mobile home; no one hurt

UPDATE, noon:

CHAMPAIGN — Two residents of a southwest Champaign mobile home have been displaced after an early-morning fire there Thursday.

Champaign Deputy Fire Marshal Randy Smith said firefighters were called to the New Century Estates Mobile Home Park, 4809 W. Windsor Road, about 3:45 a.m.

Champaign County Zoning Board recommends approval of solar farm rules

The Champaign County Zoning Board of Appeals has recommended approval of the rules for solar farms in the rural part of the county.

Director of Planning and Zoning for the county John Hall says that the board Thursday night voted 4-2, with Marilyn Lee and Jim Randol voting no. The rules will now go before the Environment and Land Use Committee next Thursday night.

Monticello man dies in dump truck accident

CERRO GORDO — A Monticello man was one of two victims killed in an accident Monday involving two dump trucks in western Piatt County.

Piatt County Coroner Troy Dunn said Kenneth Allen, 65, of Monticello, died in the crash about 5:20 p.m. Monday on Illinois Route 105 at Northeast County Line Road, which is the Macon-Piatt county line.

UPDATED: Hays leaving Legislature early for private-sector job

An area state representative who was scheduled to leave office at the end of his term in January announced Friday he is leaving the General Assembly early.

Republican Chad Hays of Catlin said he has accepted a job in the private sector as the Executive Director of Crosspoint Human Services in Danville. His last day serving the 104th district will be Sept. 7.

Chrisman woman killed in crash on Friday night

The Champaign County Coroner says a Chrisman woman was killed in a crash on Friday night in Edgar County.

Coroner Duane Northrup says 84-year-old Helen Bonwell was pronounced dead of multiple traumatic injuries just after 12 a.m. Saturday.

Northrup says Bonwell was a passenger in a vehicle driven by her husband, which was reportedly hit by another vehicle.

Watseka couple killed in head-on collision

Illinois State Police say that a Watseka couple was killed in a head-on collision in that city Sunday afternoon.

Iroquois County Coroner Bill Cheatum said John and Reta Dowling, both 84, died in the accident.