URBANA - Whoever shot and killed LaQuentin Hughes just missed - by inches - killing his 18-month old daughter, according to Urbana police.
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.
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.
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.
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 - College is supposed to prepare students for a productive life by giving them knowledge of their chosen field and the ability to think critically. A leadership center at the University of Illinois is also teaching them the practical skills they'll need on the job, such as an awareness of their own values and how to work in a team.
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.
CHAMPAIGN - The Champaign Public Library Board today hired the director of the Anderson, Ind., Public Library to run the Champaign library. Marsha Grove is expected to start in February.
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.