Ebertfest 2017: Final Day

Final Day of Ebertfest 2017, featuring the film De-Lovely and its director Irwin Winkler. Sunday, April 23, 2017 at the Virginia Theatre. 

Three people escape from house fire in Champaign

CHAMPAIGN — Three people escaped from a house fire early Sunday morning after their working fire alarms went off.

According to Champaign Deputy Fire Marshal Randy Smith, firefighters were called to a blaze at a home at 1002 W. Hill Street at 3:25 a.m. Sunday.

When firefighters arrived, they found smoke coming from the eaves of the two-story home.

Fatal crash reported in rural Coles County

MATTOON — State police from District 10 in Pesotum are investigating a fatal crash Saturday afternoon north of Mattoon.

Police investigate shooting of teenager in Danville

DANVILLE — Police are investigating a shooting of a teenager late Saturday night in Danville.

According to a police report, officers were called to a report of shots fired in the 100 block of South State Street at 11:39 p.m. Saturday.

When police arrived, they found a 17-year-old person with wounds to the lower extremities.

Laurel Prussing 'gets the big picture'

URBANA — When she looks back on her three terms as mayor of Urbana, Laurel Prussing can't single out one favorite day on the job. There have been so many of them.

What she can tell you is that in the four decades she's served in county, state and city governments, there's been no job she's liked as much as this one.

First time's the charm for Tuscola graduate

CHAMPAIGN — Rachael Brewer had never run a marathon, but the 2009 Tuscola graduate knew exactly what to expect as she came through Champaign Country Club and onto Hessel Boulevard for the race's final mile around 10 minutes ahead of the nearest women.

Men's winner 'let the wind' push him to victory

CHAMPAIGN — The wind was fierce at Saturday's Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon, and Ethiopan Teferi Bacha Regasa knew he couldn't fight it.

"Today, it was the wind," Regasa said. "I didn't want to push, just let the wind push me."

The many faces of all those races

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CHAMPAIGN — Saturday was a day for milestones and other firsts.

It was a day to mark off items from a bucket list.

It was a day for excitement and euphoria.

Tom Kacich: County's budget projections don't look good

They may be making progress on one financial headache — disposing of the money-losing Champaign County Nursing Home — but another one is coming up for Champaign County Board members.

The budget for the entire county government is in trouble.

Wired In: Ty Newell

Ty Newell talks about Build Equinox at his shop in Urbana on Friday, April 14, 2017.