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Naperville Net sting yields 2 arrests

NAPERVILLE – An Internet sting run by the Naperville Police Department has nabbed a Bismarck girls softball coach and a Rantoul man for indecent solicitation of minors.

Kerry L. Johnson, 52, of Bismarck was arrested Saturday and charged with indecent solicitation of a minor, and Andrew P. Jeakins, 43, of rural Rantoul was arrested Tuesday morning and charged with indecent solicitation of a minor and dissemination of child pornography. The two incidents are unrelated, according to Naperville police officials.

UI professor selected to lead national center

A University of Illinois professor has been named the first permanent head of a federal center for combining biology with computer science, engineering, mathematics and physics.

UI Professor Eric Jakobsson already has started work as the director of the Center for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology at the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, part of the National Institutes of Health.

Fire official says blaze was set intentionally

URBANA – An Urbana apartment house was severely damaged by a fire that was apparently intentionally set.

The fire at 209 N. Central St., a two-story, wood-frame house that had been converted to apartments, was reported at 1:12 a.m. Monday, according to Urbana fire Division Chief Richard Rotramel.

Rantoul board approves 6 new liquor licenses

RANTOUL – Liquor will soon be more plentiful than ever in Rantoul – but a Latino dance club won't be allowed to sell a drop of it.

As a result, the owner of the dance club is considering legal action against the village.

Transportation service loses key participant

A key partner in a transportation program for Champaign County senior citizens has dropped out, citing a loss of United Way funding.

The decision by the Illini Prairie chapter of the local American Red Cross has left two other agencies scrambling to continue the service beyond June 30.

Frozen funding under review

SPRINGFIELD – Gov. Rod Blagojevich has indicated he may soon thaw out a frozen $1 million operating grant for a bonding authority to help develop the University of Illinois Research Park and others like it.

Council favors moratorium on development

URBANA – The city will put the brakes on development in the downtown-to-campus corridor as officials gather once again to define and refine the kinds of building that will be allowed.

Public health contract finalized

CHAMPAIGN – County health services should be up and running today.

Inspection of circus shows no violations

URBANA – An inspection of a circus appearing in Urbana on Monday and today showed no violations of animal care regulations.

Three Champaign school jobs filled

CHAMPAIGN – The Champaign school board on Monday hired two new principals and a director of transportation.