URBANA – As a mysterious respiratory illness strikes U.S. soldiers in Iraq and Kuwait, their families are asking the Army to talk openly about the threat.
The Army is sending two teams of medical investigators to the Mideast and to a German medical base this week to check soldiers and tissue samples for a disease they have labeled as pneumonia.
URBANA – A new fee hike is in store for water users, builders, developers or all three.
The Urbana & Champaign Sanitary District is seeking approval from its board to boost its fees to pay for the extension of sewer mains to open up thousands of acres to new development south and west of Champaign.
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.
ARMSTRONG – Stephen Bass doesn't remember why his uncle, the late Earl Bass, was chosen to host the first Farm Progress Show back in 1953. But after thinking about it, he said it makes sense that his uncle was selected.
"Earl was a good farm manager," Bass recalled of his father's older brother. "He was kind of an innovator. He was always coming up with inventions to make the farm better."
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 – 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."
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.
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.