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URBANA – Glynis Barker has to take comfort in whatever little things she can these days to overcome the grief of losing her 8-year-old son to a man who hit him, while speeding in his car, then didn't stop.
"I was glad he got the maximum, that people who are negligent behind the wheel will get punished," said Barker of Ogden, the mother of Brandon Siuts, who died of head injuries a day after being hit by a car driven by McKinley Duncan, 23.
MONTICELLO – Drug use appears to be a common theme in the death of an Urbana man whose body was found Sunday in a field in Piatt County.
Two men have been charged with the murder of John E. Tash, 40, who lived at 1918 Brownfield Road.
Customers at some banks across Illinois are being asked not to wear hats, sunglasses or hooded sweat shirts.
Judy Murdoch, vice president at University of Illinois Employees Credit Union, said that for the past year the credit union has asked members to take off hats, hoods and sunglasses so employees can more readily identify them.
URBANA – She's only 33 years old, but Renae Yandell already has worked for 14 years in two state's attorneys offices, a sheriff's office, a police department and for the FBI.
Her interest in the criminal justice field was sparked by tragedies that struck her own family when she was a child.
A 14-year-old boy said that after his mother started using methamphetamine, she no longer acted like a mom should.
In contrast, his 13-year-old brother believes the government is persecuting their father unfairly.
URBANA – Call it a $22,091 error in judgment.
For the 16-year-old Urbana youth who erred, it amounted to being kicked out of his school, spending three weeks in juvenile jail, a criminal conviction, $1,000 in restitution and having a whole lot of people watching his every move for at least the next two years.
URBANA – A former Champaign man who practiced law locally for 30 years was sentenced Monday to 33 months in federal prison for stealing several hundred thousand dollars from an Urbana-based health care plan.
Gary Sudeth, who pleaded guilty to a single count of mail fraud in January, will have to report to prison July 21. He also will have to repay Health Alliance Medical Plans $611,512.
Their accomplishments are legion. Their devotion to the law profession unsurpassed. And for their contributions, eight men, who are all graduates of the University of Illinois College of Law, have been selected as the first class of the Champaign County Bar Association's "Pillars of the Bar."
Six men still living and two who have died will be honored at a dinner June 26, which follows a golf outing to raise money for the Illinois Bar Foundation, Champaign County Court-Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) and Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation. All of the men chosen practiced more than 50 years in Champaign County. What follows are a few of the highlights of their careers:
URBANA – Mike Bily wanted to be a cop ever since he was in high school at Gibson City.
Now, he's the top cop in Urbana.
Bily, 45, said he grew up on a farm in the Gibson City area. He played football in high school and had a desire to become a police officer in the mid-1970s.
URBANA – It took Jeanine Wright a little longer than her teachers had hoped, but on Monday she will graduate from one of the toughest schools in the world – Champaign County's drug court.
Wright, 30, of Urbana is among seven – the largest class ever– to have completed the program designed to get people whose crimes are linked to their drug addiction back on the straight and narrow.