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CHAMPAIGN - For the first time, the Champaign County Republican Central Committee has hired a paid administrator/coordinator to help with the party's organizational and fund-raising efforts. Jennifer McLennand, 40, of Champaign, a former legislative aide to state Rep. Rick Winkel, began working for the county party in early October in a part-time (about 30 hours per week) capacity.
URBANA - Two men involved in a series of business burglaries in Rantoul were each sentenced to probation this week but ordered to pay thousands of dollars in restitution. Edward Thomas, 25, and James Burgess, 20, who listed the same address in the 200 block of East Grove Avenue, Rantoul, were each sentenced to three years of probation after pleading guilty to the Sept. 20 burglary of the Grove Street Bar and Grill, 201 E. Grove St., Rantoul.
URBANA - Imagine you're at work, minding your own business, when your co-worker's ex-spouse stomps in and starts yelling and threatening everyone. Or, one of your co-workers who was recently fired bursts through the front door of your company with a gun and demands to see the boss.
URBANA ? An increase in the number of drunken-driving cases ? despite tougher penalties on the law books ? has Champaign County State's Attorney John Piland a little alarmed. ?This year, we already have 800 DUI cases in Champaign County,? Piland said at a news conference Tuesday at his office in Urbana. ?That represents more than a 12 percent increase over last year, when we had 710 DUI cases.?
DANVILLE - Members of the Vermilion Heights Christian Church invite the public to join them Sunday in celebrating the completion of their new church building. Barbara Darr, a member of the church, said the congregation held the first service in the new building on Dec. 1, and now they want the public to see the result of about five months of construction. The new building is at 725 Oakwood Ave. in the Vermilion Heights area, which is on the west side of the city along U.S. 150.