Tim Ditman

Tim Ditman

Task force recommends raises for Champaign mayor, council members

CHAMPAIGN — They would have to wait another three years to cash in, but Champaign's mayor and city council members could all get $500 pay bumps if a task force's recommendations are put into action.

A council-appointed group of local citizens has proposed that council members be paid $5,500 a year and that the mayor's annual salary be elevated to $35,500.

Area Cub Scouts council gets its first female recruits

CHAMPAIGN — More than a dozen girls in East Central Illinois have signed up for Cub Scouts in the wake of the Boy Scouts of America's decision last year to begin accepting girls for the first time this summer.

Illinois Courts Commission reprimands Urbana appellate judge

URBANA — The Illinois Courts Commission has reprimanded an appellate judge from Urbana for using judicial resources to solicit paid lectures.

Youth Assessment Center touts success stories at new location's open house

CHAMPAIGN — The Champaign County Youth Assessment Center has been up and running at its new west Champaign location since April. But now, with all the equipment plugged in and the welcome mat out front, officials are taking time to celebrate some success stories.

Lawyer, psychiatrist say accused Mattoon school shooter needs mental-health treatment

MATTOON — Two people involved in the case of a Mattoon High School student accused of shooting a fellow student in the cafeteria in September both say he should be getting mental-health treatment instead of serving time in juvenile prison, but getting that done has proven difficult.

Champaign council to vote on making street honors permanent for fallen

CHAMPAIGN — A city council member is proposing a slight change in the rules for naming honorary streets, prompted by last year's 50th anniversary of the death of police Officer Robert Tatman.

Champaign Dems pick man passed over for District 6 seat as November candidate

URBANA — The summer-long drama surrounding who’ll represent District 6 on the Champaign County Board took a new twist Monday when Charles Young filed paperwork to run for the seat in November.

As of June 21, the seat is held by attorney Tracy Douglas, who was sworn in to replace departed fellow Democrat Josh Hartke for the remainder of his term.

Man suffers serious injuries when controlled burn goes awry

CHAMPAIGN — The Corn Belt fire chief said a man suffered serious burns after flames from a controlled burn spread to his body Wednesday at a rural property between Champaign and Mahomet.

Fire chief John Koller said fire and ambulance crews were called at around 11:30 a.m. to 4814 Bloomington Road, a rural property between Staley and Rising roads.

GOP Champaign County Board member resigns ahead of move

URBANA — Champaign County Republicans will soon nominate a replacement for county board member Brooks Marsh, who is resigning his District 1 seat ahead of a move.

Marsh said he is moving to Piatt County, although he's not sure exactly when. On Wednesday, the Mahomet businessman withdrew as a candidate in the November election.

Mahomet man facing charges after alleged drunk high speed chase

The Vermilion County Sheriff's Department said a motorcyclist who was seriously injured in a Friday crash was allegedly drunk and going close to 100 miles per hour.