Champaign school board OKs repairs, Novak lease

CHAMPAIGN — A section of Central High School's Combes Gym floor will be torn out and replaced this summer following unanimous approval for the project from the school board Monday evening.

Nursing home firm will start talking to banks

URBANA — The management company that runs the Champaign County Nursing Home later this month will begin discussing with lending institutions a plan to borrow money in anticipation of a slowdown in state payments.

Five charged for residential burglaries

URBANA — Five men were charged in court on Monday in connection with breaking into Champaign homes and stealing electronics.

Rantoul man sentenced to 6 years for aggravated battery to a child

URBANA — A Rantoul man has been sentenced to 6 years in prison for injuring a 16-month-old Ludlow boy in his care last summer.

Jade Kilgore, 22, pleaded guilty before Judge Tom Difanis on Monday to the Class X felony of aggravated battery to a child.

Police: Watch out for slick roads

Be careful out there.
That's the word from state police who are responding to crashes and vehicles sliding off the road throughout Champaign and Coles counties and on Interstates 57, 72 and 74.
"Consistent light snow, heavy winds, and dropping temperatures are causing the road to ice up in all areas,"

Updated: menorah vandalized again (w/video)

New 3:29 p.m. Monday:

The leader of the University of Illinois' Jewish center said another instance of damage to the center's menorah is not just vandalism. He said it's an attack on people's feelings and beliefs.

Turner on Whitman: 'He loves Illinois'

MIAMI — Former Illinois football coach Ron Turner has been following the athletic director search at his old school.

He has a suggestion: hire Josh Whitman.

“I said a long time ago, ‘I don’t know if Josh Whitman will be the next AD at Illinois, but he will be the AD at Illinois at some point,’ ” Turner said. “I’ve been saying that for six years.

'Not too many great ads' from Super Bowl 50

This year's Super Bowl commercials were big on kids, animals and celebrities — some thoughtful, some not, and some that were "just forgettable," says Michelle Nelson, a University of Illinois advertising professor who watched with friends Sunday. "Not too many great ads."

Professor who wore headscarf to leave Christian college

CHICAGO (AP) — A professor of a Christian college who asserted Christians and Muslims worship the same God will leave her post, the school near Chicago announced.

County filing insurance claim to recover funds lost by fraud

ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) — A northern Illinois county purchasing director allegedly spent more than $60,000 on personal items, according to a draft of an insurance claim Winnebago County plans to file.