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.

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.

UI center gives students lessons in leadership

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.

Board picks new Champaign library director

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.

Births and deaths

Births and deaths for Thursday, January 2, 2003

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.

'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.

Champaign County reports DUIs up

   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.?

Births and deaths

   Births and deaths for Wednesday, January 1, 2003

Violence at work

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.