Patrick Wade

Patrick Wade

One year later: The truck

GIFFORD — Samantha Smith remembers the truck. It was only about a hundred steps from where her house was destroyed.

Tuscola optimistic about $1.2 billion plant

TUSCOLA — It could be just a matter of time before a large fertilizer operation decides to settle just outside Tuscola.

Urbana police may start Taser training in December

URBANA — Police Chief Patrick Connolly says he wants to start training officers on how to use Tasers as soon as December and plans to have a draft policy ready for city council approval in November.

Loose definition of assault skews statistics

CHAMPAIGN — It was widely reported last week that a roving gang was randomly attacking University of Illinois students on campus — among 45 assaults reported in the area between Oct. 1 and Oct. 13.

Summer jobs program lacks males

CHAMPAIGN — A joint city and school district program that finds summer jobs for Champaign students is having trouble attracting boys — particularly black males — who meet the program's requirements.

Mahomet man accused of sex with two minors

MAHOMET — A 47-year-old Mahomet man faces two counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse after allegedly engaging in sexual conduct with two minors last month.

Cocaine charge for man who was allegedly stealing from Walmart in Rantoul

RANTOUL — A Champaign man faces a felony drug charge after being caught in Rantoul with nine small bags of cocaine.

Davis, Callis debate in race for Congress

URBANA — U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Taylorville, and Democratic challenger Ann Callis of Edwardsville waited until after the TV cameras were turned off on Thursday night to address the attacks that allies of both campaigns have lobbed across party lines.

Champaign man arrested after shots fired in east Urbana

URBANA — No one was hurt, but a Champaign man is in custody after a Tuesday night shooting in the Lierman Avenue neighborhood of east Urbana.

Police responded to a report of shots fired in the 1600 and 1700 blocks of Hunter Street around 8:20 p.m. Tuesday, said Urbana police Sgt. Dan Morgan. They found shell casings on the street and in the grass in front of an apartment building.

Champaign makes changes to snow plans

CHAMPAIGN — City officials hope the tweaks they're making to how they deal with snow this winter will mean faster plow times and better service for residents.

The changes to the city's snow and ice plan come after one of the most extreme winters in recent history. City officials spent $1.1 million dealing with snowstorms last season, and they dumped 7,183 tons of salt.