Burst eardrum leads to charge against UI student

URBANA — A University of Illinois student living in Urbana has been criminally charged after allegedly slapping and choking his girlfriend so hard that her eardrum burst.

UPDATE: Warrant issued in connection with shooting in Urbana

URBANA — Police are looking for two men allegedly involved in shooting an Urbana man in southeast Urbana Tuesday evening, only one of whom they've identified.

Urbana police Lt. Richard Surles said a warrant was issued Wednesday for the arrest of Kendre Quandrell Leshoure, 25, whose last known address was in the 2000 block of Vawter Street, the same block where the shootings occurred.

Paxton police chief: I'm owed $6,848

PAXTON — Paxton Police Chief Bob Bane is taking the city, its mayor and its comptroller/treasurer to court in an attempt to get the city to pay him $6,848 that he claims he is owed in overtime pay.

The Health Reporter Is In: Oct. 26, 2016

Health-related questions? Ask them here

Q: What is the threat level off-campus from the hand, foot and mouth disease the University of Illinois students are getting?

2 years in prison for Rantoul man who struck motorcycle

URBANA — A Rantoul man who struck a motorcycle while driving drunk, injuring two people, has been sentenced to two years in prison.

Tom Kacich: Cards-fan judicial candidate returning to Cubs' fold

David Reid is a St. Louis Cardinals fan, but that doesn't mean he isn't cheering — big league, as Donald Trump would say — for the Cubs in the World Series.

He's also cheering for a very big TV audience for the games.

$5 million gift to give UI business grads a leg up

CHAMPAIGN — A $5 million donation to the University of Illinois College of Business will help position UI graduates as leaders in an increasingly data-intensive business world, backers say.

Evanston man faces theft, stolen-vehicle charges in Wal-Mart incident

URBANA — An Evanston man faces possible prison time after his arrest on shoplifting charges led police to discover that he had also allegedly been driving a stolen car.

Richard Anthony Bevacqua, 34, who listed an address in the 1900 block of Church Street, Evanston, was charged Tuesday with felony possession of a stolen vehicle, felony burglary and felony theft.

Busey, Pulaski set to relaunch as single bank

CHAMPAIGN — Six months after their parent companies signed the merger contracts, Busey Bank and St. Louis-based Pulaski Bank are nearly ready to relaunch as one larger banking company.

All 13 Pulaski banking offices in the St. Louis area are set to become Busey banking offices Nov. 5.

Ammons promoting bail-reform effort

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois taxpayers shouldn't have to cover the cost of jailing nonviolent defendants awaiting trial.

That's the message state Rep. Carol Ammons, D-Urbana, and other officials hope to spread today as they announce plans to bring a bail-reform movement to Illinois.