Around the area, Oct. 8, 2015

News from East Central Illinois:

Police issue 23 citations in bar checks

PESOTUM — Checks of several Champaign bars for underage drinkers done earlier this month resulted in about two dozen citations.

Illinois State Police, helped by Champaign Police, conducted identification checks late on Oct. 2, in an effort to reduce and deter underage drinking and the sale of alcohol to minors.

UI Solar Farm

The new UI Solar Farm at the southwest corner of First and Windsor in Champaign on Thursdsay, October 8, 2015. 

GCMS building evacuated, situation cleared after morning threat

GIBSON CITY — A threatening message written on a bathroom wall at Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley Middle School prompted the evacuation of the school Thursday morning.

GCMS Superintendent Anthony Galindo said the message, written in pencil in a boys' bathroom, was reported by a student to Principal Jeremy Darnell around 10:20 a.m.

Urbana apartment fire spurs evacuation

URBANA — A small fire found smoldering in an Urbana apartment Thursday morning prompted the evacuation of a few residents.

Urbana Fire Investigator Jeremy Leevey said a resident of an apartment at the Town and Country complex, 1028 E. Kerr Ave., heard a smoke detector going off in a neighbor's apartment around 10 a.m.

State dismisses drug cases for lack of witness

URBANA — A Champaign man accused of selling drugs on six different occasions between December 2012 and March 2014 has been released from jail after the state dismissed those charges.

Illinois approves 3,100 medical marijuana patients

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois is continuing to approve patients to use medical marijuana, with about 100 more approval letters sent in September.

Impact of Chicago Marathon felt from now to Sunday event

CHICAGO (AP) — The impact of the Chicago Marathon will be increasingly felt from now until the big event Sunday.

Rauner ends quarter with $19 million in campaign fund

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner has more than $19 million in his campaign fund after the most recent fundraising quarter.