Sears space to be demolished at Market Place

CHAMPAIGN — The former Sears store at Market Place Shopping Center is likely to be torn down early next year to make way for a new development.

Champaign Market Place LLC on Tuesday applied for a demolition permit from the city of Champaign for the nearly 160,000-square-foot building that anchors the east end of the mall.

Updated: Coroner identifies man found dead in Danville yard

DANVILLE — Police are investigating the death of a Danville man who was found lying in the yard of a residence on North Griffin Street early Tuesday morning.

Man on parole for cannabis sentenced for additional cannabis case

URBANA — A Rantoul man who admitted having cannabis while on parole for another cannabis conviction has been sentenced to four years in prison.

Oscar Perez, 49, whose last known address was in the 1900 block of County Road 3000 N, was arrested Oct. 8 as part of a compliance check conducted by parole officials in conjunction with Rantoul police.

Woman to prison for stealing from clients of sister's cleaning business

URBANA — A cleaning woman with sticky fingers has been sentenced to five years in prison, with a recommendation that prison officials get her drug treatment.

Teen sentenced to probation for burglary plea

URBANA — A Sidney teen who admitted stealing a cellphone out of a car in that village has been sentenced to two years of probation.

Tyler Ozga, 18, pleaded guilty Tuesday before Champaign County Judge Heidi Ladd to burglary, admitting that on Nov. 2, he entered a car on White Street in Sidney and stole a phone.

Heroin plea brings 3-year sentence

URBANA — An East St. Louis man who admitted he planned to sell less than a gram of heroin earlier this year has been sentenced to three years in prison.

Aaron Broadnax, 28, pleaded guilty Monday before Champaign County Judge Heidi Ladd to a reduced charge of unlawful possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance.

Danville school board has made pick for next superintendent

DANVILLE — Danville school board members hope to be able to announce in a few weeks who the school district's next leader is.

Board President Bill Dobbles said the board met in a four-hour-long closed session on Monday night to discuss three finalists for superintendent.

Street closures listing

Here is a list of street closures and road construction in East Central Illinois, provided by public works offices: (If your public works department wants to send one, submit it via email to


IDOT suspends most road work for holiday travel, but closures remain

From the Illinois Department of Transportation:
Non-emergency roadwork will be suspended, where possible, to reduce congestion and improve traffic flow for holiday travel.

Car burglaries reported in west Champaign

CHAMPAIGN — Champaign police are investigating a series of car burglaries in a west Champaign neighborhood.

Between Saturday morning and Sunday evening, officers took five reports of vehicle burglaries in the 2600, 2700 and 2800 block of Rachel Road and the 2500 block of Clayton Boulevard.