LODA — Santa will arrive in town riding a manure spreader.
The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for all of East Central Illinois. The advisory affects different counties at different times but generally runs from Friday afternoon through midday Saturday.
URBANA — An Urbana man who said he followed a University of Illinois student home to make sure she was safe has been sentenced to 60 years in prison for a sexual attack on her.
CHAMPAIGN — The United Way of Champaign County is more than halfway to its $3.4 million fund-raising goal, the agency said Thursday.
The current campaign has raised just over $2 million since it was launched in late August, and that's exciting, says United Way President and CEO Sue Grey.
"To be at $2 million at this point in the campaign is pretty early for us," she said.
BLOOMINGTON — The Dec. 4 benefit concert, Rock To The Rescue Extends A Hand To Those In Need, raised $400,783 for towns hit by recent tornadoes.
The sold-out show at U.S. Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington raised funds for central Illinois communities, including Washington and Gifford, that were affected by the recent devastating tornadoes and winds.
The annual Salvation Army of Champaign County Red Kettle Campaign has less than two weeks left, and local officials said they're short on the number of bell ringers that are needed each day.
Salvation Army Major Tom McDowell said there are 22 different stores where bell ringers are needed in the county, with a total of 28 red kettle stands.
An area state senator is expressing cautious optimism about the possibility of a fertilizer plant ending up in Douglas County.
Cronus Chemical is choosing between a site near Tuscola and one in Iowa to build a $1.2 billion plant. Governor Pat Quinn signed an incentive package of $30 million this summer to try to entice the company to build the plant near Tuscola.
The next fire chief in the City of Urbana won't have to move his office very far to take the top spot.
On Monday night, the city council is expected to appoint Brian Nightlinger to be the leader of the fire department. Nightlinger is currently serving as interim chief, having taken over for the retired Mike Dilley.
Treshaun Jake was sentenced to sixty-five years in prison by Champaign County Judge Tom Difanis on Thursday Dec. 12, 2013. Thursday was the first time a camera was allowed into a Champaign County Courtroom to record a proceeding.