Champaign woman charged in Beardsley Park robbery

URBANA — A Champaign woman who allegedly robbed a man in a city park was criminally charged Friday.

Cynthia Pettigrew, 38, who listed an address in the 1000 block of North Neil Street, was charged with robbery and theft after she allegedly took a wallet from a man who was walking in Beardsley Park near Eureka and Walnut streets at about 10:20 p.m. Thursday.

Danville company's Barry Bonds plaque a hit on ESPN

DANVILLE — Trigard signs and plaques can be found all over the country, but one of the Danville company's creations recently garnered national attention on ESPN.

County nursing home's potential buyers file bid by deadline

URBANA — The Evanston companies poised to buy the Champaign County Nursing Home submitted an application to a state review board Friday, just in time for it likely to be considered at the board's next session Oct. 30.

Birth-control app wins FDA marketing approval

LONDON (AP) — The condom, the pill and now, the smartphone?

Resurfacing work begins on several downtown Champaign streets

CHAMPAIGN — It's single-lane traffic and delays for drivers in the center of downtown Champaign these days — and it's going to remain that way for about another week.

The city launched some resurfacing improvements Friday as part of a broader project aimed at improving safety downtown.

Champaign man gets 4 years for having crack cocaine

URBANA — A Champaign man who admitted having crack cocaine in his home more than a year ago has been sentenced to prison for that.

Kalvin White, 43, whose last known address was in the 1000 block of North Hickory Street, was sentenced to four years in prison and fined more than $1,275 for possession of about 7 grams of cocaine.

UI College of Fine and Applied Arts' new dean big on outreach

CHAMPAIGN — The Krannerts — both the performing arts center and the art museum — are the public face of the University of Illinois College of Fine and Applied Arts, and its new dean hopes to build on that approach with other units to fulfill a five-year strategic plan recently developed by faculty.

Urbana police union's drive keeps Wiley Elementary stocked on supplies

URBANA — Although his two children are now in college, Jay Loschen remembers the eyeball-popping receipt at the checkout lane for school supplies.

"The list today ranges from pencils to headphones, Kleenex, Clorox wipes. You're looking at easily $100 to $120 to $170, depending on where you go. Especially for the kids who want expensive backpacks," said the Urbana police sergeant.

Top of the Morning, Aug. 18, 2018

Unlike the towns' high school football teams, employees at sister banks in Arcola and Tuscola get along just fine.

Still, president and CEO DALE BOYER has to be careful when picking out his wardrobe.

Area history, Aug. 18, 2018

Today is Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018. Here are local news reports from 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1918, the body of 55-year-old Patrick Brodigan was found in a bed at a rooming house at 115 S. Neil St. in Champaign.