SUMNER – One of three men responsible for the brutal murders of two Mahomet teens in 1977 has died in prison.
Robert Kirkpatrick, 54, of Saybrook died Sunday (July 13, 2003) while serving a 500-year sentence for the Sept. 25, 1977, shotgun slayings of Mark A. Harris, 19, and Douglas "Scotty" Simmons, 18.
SPRINGFIELD – Methamphetamine production is a mushrooming problem in rural Illinois, and some children are dangerously caught in the middle.
A parent who manufactures methamphetamine in the home deals with dangerous caustic chemicals, and the process is volatile, often leading to explosions. Fumes from the cooking process can be inhaled by children, exposing them to the drug – a powerful stimulant.
Natives of Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan have known about the medicinal qualities of plants growing on the mountainsides of their countries for centuries.
Women comb the hills to collect the remedies and merchants sell them in open-air marketplaces.
URBANA – The union that represents court clerks has filed two unfair labor practice complaints alleging that Champaign County Presiding Judge J.G. Townsend unfairly denied one clerk the right to have a union representative with her during an investigative interview and that Townsend later retaliated against a union steward who had filed grievances against him.
The complaints were filed Wednesday with the Illinois Labor Relations Board in Springfield.
URBANA – The University of Illinois could save $10 million by streamlining its operations and another $10 million by changing the way it buys equipment, supplies and utilities.
The savings will be used to offset the effect of budget cuts on education at the UI.
SAVOY – Has an older member of your family become forgetful about such things as taking medicines, paying bills or turning off the stove?
These can be early signs of dementia, and they may mean mom or dad should no longer be living alone.
URBANA – The same-sex partners of University of Illinois employees could be eligible for health insurance benefits as early as this fall.
The UI Board of Trustees approved providing domestic partner benefits at its meeting Thursday in Urbana, over the objections of two board members.
SPRINGFIELD – Despite a $1.5 billion short-term borrowing plan enacted in May to help the state pay overdue public aid reimbursements, area pharmacists are still struggling because of a delay in those checks.
"Currently the amount past due our very small business is approximately $160,000 – in addition to current billings of about $55,000," said Carl Hudson of Hudson Drug Shop in Paxton. "Needless to say, this creates a tremendous strain on our abilities to maintain a normal business environment."
URBANA – Two young boys were arrested by Champaign County sheriff's deputies Wednesday night for setting fires at abandoned mobile homes north of Urbana.
A news release from Carroll Fire Department Deputy Chief Steve Thuney said firefighters were summoned to 3809 N. Cunningham Ave., U, about 6:20 p.m. where they found two mobile homes fully involved in flames.
DANVILLE – A Danville man who turned himself in Wednesday morning in connection with the fatal shooting of another Danville man may be arraigned on murder charges this afternoon.
Officials said John Clark, 46, the father of the NBA's Sacramento Kings player Keon Clark, was booked Wednesday at the Vermilion County Jail on preliminary charges of murder.