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Solon House donated to group

CHAMPAIGN – One of the city's oldest and certainly grandest houses has been donated to the Preservation and Conservation Association.

The Civil War-era Solon House, one of the few remaining Italianate structures in Champaign-Urbana, was designated a landmark by the Champaign City Council in 1998, three years after the last of Francis Solon's children, John Solon, died.

Plenty of need; not enough means

URBANA – Each year thousands of families in danger of losing their homes get emergency financial help from the state, but even more are turned away.

Across Illinois, more than 40,000 requests for a homeless prevention grant were not funded last year because there wasn't enough money in the Illinois Homeless Prevention Fund, according to a new study.

Fitting tribute for hero

URBANA – An Urbana star athlete killed by a Japanese sniper on Iwo Jima has earned an new honor 60 years after his death.

The local Marine Corps League post will be named for Marine Cpl. Richard L. Pittman, who died Feb. 21, 1945, amid furious fighting in the battle that is commemorated by the famous flag-raising statue in Washington.

Allerton Public Library to close for ceiling repairs

MONTICELLO – The Allerton Public Library in Monticello will be closed for three weeks for repairs to its library's ceiling.

"We've been having problems since July and August, when tiles on the ceiling started falling out," said library director Lisa Winters.

Now's the time to watch for credit card fraud

So you're at a crowded cafe and call Ticketmaster on your cellphone to order some concert tickets.

You pull out your wallet and read off your credit card numbers to the operator over the phone.

Bad idea. The person sitting behind you could jot down those numbers, then head to the mall for a shopping spree, courtesy of your good credit.

CBS show to feature former officer

PARIS, Ill. – A Champaign investigator's fight with his superior to get new trials for two Paris men will be featured on the news program "48 Hours."

The show will air at 9 p.m. Dec. 17 on CBS, according to retired state police Lt. Mike Callahan.

High winds hamper road-clearing efforts

Champaign County road crews were expecting the snow Thursday, but the high winds threw them for a loop.

"I've been here since 6 a.m. Thursday," Tracy Wingler, county highway maintenance supervisor, said about 6:30 a.m. today. "I wish this was March already."

Developer aims to build funds for medical aid

URBANA – Before Brady Homes built its first house as a fundraiser for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Brenda Coleman was among the Brady staff members who traveled to Memphis to see the hospital in action.

And what she saw touched her heart.

Financial aid pours in after plea for assistance

CHAMPAIGN – It's been an early Christmas at Empty Tomb for the past week and a half.

Staff members at the nonprofit charity have been busy counting the cash in each day's mail since appeals for help went out over Thanksgiving weekend.

Pothole patrol stops only for snow

CHAMPAIGN – A little over a week ago, on Nov. 28, the temperature hit a balmy 59 degrees.

This morning, the temperature was 8 degrees.