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Vacant house fire suspicious

ST. JOSEPH - A suspicious fire destroyed a farmhouse south of St. Joseph early Wednesday.

Champaign County sheriff's Sgt. Dan Coile said firefighters from five area departments were sent to the 2200 block of County Road 1300 N, 3 miles south of St. Joseph, at 1:25 a.m.

Village, park district to discuss future of Brookhill

RANTOUL — The Rantoul Park District Board has appointed a three-member committee to sit down with village representatives to discuss the future of Brookhill Golf Course.

The committee includes board members Rich Thomas and Ron Luna and the district's attorney, Bill Scott.

Wise: UI ready to put Willard plan into effect

SAVOY — University of Illinois Chancellor Phyllis Wise said she is "fully behind" an airport advisory group's report and the university is ready to implement a plan.

Nobody will be charged in protest incident

URBANA — Champaign County State's Attorney Julia Rietz said Tuesday she won't be filing criminal charges against anyone involved in a school-sanctioned student protest at Centennial High last month that resulted in a woman's windshield being broken and the arrest of at least one student.

First measles case has Illinois authorities concerned

CHAMPAIGN — What illness comes with itchy red spots, and is even more contagious than the flu?

You guessed it — measles — and while Illinois has had only one case so far this year, in Cook County, such a catchy disease is also a concern for this part of the state, a local health official says.

Danville school board candidates to meet public

DANVILLE — District voters have an opportunity on Saturday to meet two candidates who are running for the school board in the April 7 election.

PBL board to consider staffing levels

PAXTON — Possible staff reductions or additions will be discussed by the Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board during a special meeting Wednesday night.

This day in history: Jan. 28, 2015

Today is Wednesday, Jan. 28, the 28th day of 2015. There are 337 days left in the year.

Today's Highlights in History:

Tom Kacich: Money could change minds on reform legislation

Is Illinois ready for reforms?

If we're ever going to see it, this will be the legislative session, with everything from ethics and constitutional amendments to revising the tax structure and the state government's relationship with organized labor on the agenda.

Area history, Jan. 28, 2015

Today is Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago: