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CHAMPAIGN – University of Illinois senior Jared Mahan spent Monday morning with his mother buying books for the start of fall classes more than three weeks away. He came out with about 30 books, including 10 for just one class.
Even though students shopping this early have been the exception in the past, local bookstore officials said they are getting set for the rush now.
RANTOUL – Rantoul's mayor took a flying leap Monday evening.
Neal Williams, 46, summoned up the courage to sky dive at the Rantoul airport during the World Free Fall Convention.
URBANA – A 19-year-old Champaign man, who has spent most of the last seven years incarcerated, now faces federal weapons charges as the result of a shooting at Burch Village.
Charmell D. Brown, who listed an address in the 3200 block of West John Street, waived a preliminary hearing Monday on a federal charge of unlawful possession of weapons by a felon.
Police in Champaign and Urbana are investigating several separate robberies over the past four days.
The latest robbery reported involves a man who was hitchhiking back from the Brickyard 400 in Indianapolis to Iowa early Monday, according to Champaign police.
A suburban Chicago company has leased the former Mahomet post office building at 406 E. Main St. and relocated its business there.
Lambert Associates, formerly in Mundelein, expects to have its new offices open in a couple of weeks, said Jeff Lambert, who owns the company with his wife, Nancy.
CHAMPAIGN – Crimestoppers of Champaign County is seeking information about an armed robbery in Champaign.
On Saturday, July 19, at 4 a.m., two men wearing stockings over their faces entered Prime Time Pizza, 505 E. University Ave., C. One had a long gun.
CHAMPAIGN – Champaign police are looking for a man who robbed another man at gunpoint Saturday morning.
The victim was walking in the 800 block of North Randolph Street about 9:36 a.m. Saturday when he was approached by another man, according to police reports.
URBANA – The Crisis Nursery is known by another name to many in the 5-and-under set. They like to call it "Polly Mae's house."
Polly Mae Rosa is the AmeriCorps member who cares for children every weekday at the nursery, a place where parents can take their kids if they're homeless, lose their regular child care or just need a break. Many moms tell Rosa, "My children won't stop talking about you."
URBANA – Ann Einhorn was struggling Friday to find just the right words to announce her retirement to the chief justice of the Illinois Supreme Court.
"I just want to say 'Thanks. It's time to move on,'" said Einhorn, acknowledging that probably wasn't exactly the best way to address the topic.
RURAL FITHIAN – Danville resident Josh Wroblewski fell in love with scuba diving on a trip to a Caribbean island. When he returned home, he knew he wanted to get certified.
To do that, he thought he would have to go to a scuba store in Champaign – the only place in East Central Illinois he knew of that offered a course. Then he saw a small sign in a field along Interstate 74 near Oakwood.