Police seek missing teen

CHAMPAIGN — Champaign police have asked for help in finding a missing teen who walked away from a group outing almost three weeks ago.

A release from the department said the guardian of Brandon Dominguez, 16, said he was last seen Aug. 12 when he separated from a group on the University of Illinois campus.

Prairie Center sets fifth Walk for Recovery

CHAMPAIGN — The Prairie Center will hold its fifth annual Walk for Recovery from noon to 3 p.m. Sept. 27 at Centennial Park, Champaign.

The walk is held in September to support National Recovery Month and promotes prevention, treatment and recovery for those who have experienced chronic substance use.

Man gets 4 years for selling rental tools at flea market

URBANA — A former Fisher man who admitted he rented tools from area businesses and then sold them at a flea market in northern Illinois has been sentenced to four years in prison.

Son freed from jail after 50 days for court outburst at father's sentencing

URBANA — Perhaps the third time really was the charm.

Whatever karma was at work for Willie Craft Jr., his third handwritten plea to the Champaign County judge he called a "bitch" in a crowded courtroom got him out of the Champaign County Jail.

After serving 50 days for direct criminal contempt of court, the 30-year-old Urbana man was released Thursday afternoon.

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Another department votes no confidence in UI trustees, Wise

URBANA — Another department has added its name to the list of units casting votes of no confidence in University of Illinois leaders following the decision to not hire professor Steven Salaita.

Former Illini football star charged with murder

QUINCY — Curtis D. Lovelace, an All-Big Ten center at Illinois who later became an Adams County assistant state’s attorney, was formally charged Thursday with first-degree murder in the death of his wife.

$1 million boost for local charities


CHAMPAIGN — Seven local charities are sharing in a surprise windfall of more than $1 million.

Street closures listing

Here is a list of street closures and road construction in East Central Illinois:

(If your public works department wants to send one, submit it via email to

NEW 6/20: Starting Monday, June 23, workers will be replacing centerlines, shoulder lines and lane lines on concrete streets throughout Champaign.