URBANA – A jury will decide how much the University of Illinois pays for a farm near Savoy – the owner's estimate is about twice the university's.
Judge Arnold Blockman opened the eminent domain proceeding Monday by instructing jury members that their job isn't about deciding whether the state can take the Burwash farm at First Street and Old Church Road, but how much it will have to pay for it.
URBANA – A 23-year-old Urbana man with a history of violent crimes faces up to 30 years in prison for his most recent conviction.
A Champaign County jury on Monday convicted Sean Blackwell, whose last known address was in the 2200 block of Cottage Grove Avenue, of the Feb. 2, 2003, armed robbery of an employee at the Jerry's IGA, 2010 S. Philo Road, U.
BISMARCK – When Norma Claypool holds a tea party, she has lots of advice for the young ladies sitting around her dining room table.
The Bismarck resident very seriously tells her young guests, "There are two things a lady should never leave home without: her smile and deodorant."
URBANA – Prairienet officials expected key services to be back in action today after an attack shut down most of the community computer network for East Central Illinois.
Intruders attempted to install "sniffing" software to collect Prairienet e-mail addresses, passwords and other information, but the software was incompatible with Prairienet's mail system.
Paris' Boutique, a store featuring high-end clothing for women, opened earlier this month in Campustown at 202 E. Green St., C.
The owner, Paris Seloover of Farmer City, said she is carrying casual and dressier clothing in such brands as Ella Moss, C&C California, Seven for All Mankind, Citizens of Humanity, Blue Cult, Chip & Pepper and Yanuk.
DANVILLE – Laughing, joking and talking at a Valentine's Day party at the Danville Family YMCA, 17-year-old Gaelle Cintre of France and 16-year-old Danny Labordo of the Philippines don't appear to be from different cultures or speak different languages.
"We're living the same things far from our families," said Cintre, referring to Labordo, herself and the other Rotary exchange students who are thousands of miles from their homes while attending school in East Central Illinois.
During the peak of the mad cow outbreak in Great Britain in the 1990s, about 100 cats were diagnosed with a feline version of the brain-wasting disease.
But the risk of a cat or dog contracting mad cow disease from its pet food is rare, said veterinarians with the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine.
SPRINGFIELD – It's hard to keep up with changing technology, but once you do buy that new computer, what happens to the old one?
State Rep. Naomi Jakobsson, D-Urbana, hopes a new bill will encourage people to recycle such items, rather than throw them away.
URBANA– Francisco Gonzalez has made enough bad decisions to last two lifetimes. He's looking to get his life back on track through his desire for drawing, which got him into trouble in the first place.
At 6 feet tall and weighing 230 pounds, he resembles a linebacker – more likely to tackle an unsuspecting receiver running across the middle of the field than to sketch someone a shirt full of cartoon characters.
The phone companies aren't kidding when they say "additional charges may apply."
Add up the various charges and taxes on land-line and wireless phone bills and you can end up with a phone bill higher than the advertised cost. In the case of a sample bill provided by AT&T, the bill's total was 40 percent higher than the price of the local service plan.