Tracy Crane

Tracy Crane

Coroner identifies man found dead in car on Illinois 1 near Rossville

DANVILLE — The Vermilion County coroner has released the name of a man found dead behind the wheel of his car last week on Illinois 1 south Rossville but said a cause of death has not yet been determined.

Coroner Jane McFadden said Danville attorney Steven L. Blakely, 53, was found dead in his vehicle at 1:47 a.m. Dec. 4 with no apparent injuries.

Danville alderman candidate taking objection to opponent's petitions to court

DANVILLE — A candidate for alderman plans to take his "dates-and-paperclips" objection against his opponent to Vermilion County Circuit Court after the Danville Election Commission denied his complaint Wednesday.

Officer-involved shooting puts Danville police's old cameras in crosshairs

DANVILLE — City officials may soon be discussing whether they can afford to upgrade police-car cameras and buy body cameras for officers following the failure of a dashboard camera to adequately record the fatal shooting of a Danville man by officers during a traffic stop in June.

New tradition: A year-round local-art show at Busey of Urbana

URBANA — It seems like a place you'd go to invest in great art, not view it.

As part of a new initiative to showcase local art, more than 30 pieces now hang upstairs in the public spaces of Busey Wealth Management's corporate headquarters on Main Street in downtown Urbana.

Write-in's filing brings number of candidates for Danville mayoral race to 5

DANVILLE — The filing of a write-in candidate for Danville mayor has pushed the field to five, likely triggering the need for a February primary ahead of April's election.

Fired Vermilion finance director's appeal rejected

DANVILLE — The abrupt firing of Vermilion County's top finance officer three years ago did not violate Nicole Bogart's First Amendment rights, according to a federal appeals court.

The recent decision by the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is likely the end of Bogart's quest to get her job back as the county's financial resources director.

Danville NAACP president asks to see video of officer-involved fatal shooting

DANVILLE — The president of the local chapter of the NAACP told city council members Tuesday night that community leaders still have questions about the officer-involved fatal shooting of a man in June.

Sheriff: Death of man found in car under investigation

ROSSVILLE — Vermilion County officials are investigating the death of a local man who was found dead in his vehicle Monday night east of Rossville.

Vermilion County Sheriff Pat Hartshorn said the sheriff's department got a call about a vehicle in a ditch on a rural road east of Rossville Monday night. When deputies arrived, they found the man deceased in the driver's seat.

Danville aldermen split on tax-levy proposal ahead of vote

DANVILLE — As the city council approaches a December deadline to pass a new property-tax levy, three aldermen are lobbying for no increase, while acting Mayor Rickey Williams Jr. and other aldermen are pushing for a nearly 5 percent bump to put more money toward pension obligations and boost the city's slim financial reserves.

Grant to fund six more Danville Fire Department hires

DANVILLE — Eight probationary firefighters are expected to be appointed this week in Danville, thanks to a seven-figure federal grant.

Two of the hires are replacements for recent retirees, but the six others will be funded in large part by a SAFER (Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response) grant of more than $1 million.