Doctor suing over board appointees

SPRINGFIELD - A LeRoy physician and attorney is attempting to sue Gov. George Ryan and the Illinois Health Facilities Planning Board, claiming a vote that killed his plans for a $5 million outpatient surgery center project in Urbana was invalid.

The search is over

DANVILLE - Twenty-five years of searching and disappointments were over when Marla Rickgauer was able to have family members present her father with a very special video tape.

Drop-in child care referral service plans take shape

URBANA - When Mary Anne Wilson returned to work four months after her first child was born, she and her husband decided to hire a nanny.

Police: Bullet just missed young girl

URBANA - Whoever shot and killed LaQuentin Hughes just missed - by inches - killing his 18-month old daughter, according to Urbana police.

Polish researchers seek money from Savoy firm

SAVOY - A group of Polish researchers claims a Savoy security-software company failed to pay them in full after they successfully won a hacking contest.

Lawmaker to finish Myers' term

SPRINGFIELD - State Rep. Dale Righter, R-Mattoon, who was elected to the Senate in November, will get a few extra days of seniority by completing state Sen. Judy Myers' term.

Pension payments delayed

About 45 percent more state workers than were expected took advantage of an early retirement offer that ended Tuesday evening, but many of those people are now facing a couple of lean months.

County GOP hires first coordinator

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.

'Weed cop' makes fields, streets safe

You do what for a living? It's a question Richard Layden, 75, of Hoopeston has heard more than a few times in the past 13 years.

Police investigate fatal shooting in Urbana

URBANA - A 20-year-old Champaign man was shot to death Tuesday night as he stood in the street in the 1200 block of North Busey Avenue, talking to a family in a car. Urbana police said they have not arrested anyone in the murder of LaQuentin R. Hughes, who was pronounced dead at 7:48 p.m. Tuesday at Carle Foundation Hospital.