Thieves sought in string of car burglaries in DeWitt County

CLINTON — The DeWitt County sheriff's office is trying to find the culprits involved in 17 vehicle burglaries last weekend.

The office announced on social media this week that home-surveillance video captured images of three people thought to be responsible for burglaries early Saturday morning in DeWitt County.

Bill to keep state museum open clears house committee

SPRINGFIELD — With bipartisan support, a bill aimed at keeping the Illinois State Museum open cleared an Illinois House committee Wednesday.

Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration has targeted the museum for a Sept. 30 closure, saying shuttering it could save the cash-strapped state $4.8 million a year.

Steering committee recommends Champaign County Historical Museum be closed

CHAMPAIGN — A steering committee studying the future of the Champaign County Historical Museum recommends that it be closed.

Update: Vote on contract negotiations a win for Rauner

UPDATED 9:09 p.m. Wednesday

SPRINGFIELD — The Democratic-dominated Illinois House Wednesday handed Republican Bruce Rauner a win and AFSCME a loss when it failed to override Rauner's veto of a controversial bill that could have removed him from contract negotiations with state employees.

Judge OKs new drug case against Paxton man

DECATUR — A Paxton man whose federal drug-trafficking conviction was overturned by an appellate court this summer pleaded not guilty Wednesday to a new felony drug charge filed against him in Macon County Circuit Court.

PODCAST: Regina Lee, Humanitarian Award winner and educator

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Scott Beatty visits with Regina Lee, a Champaign teacher named a recipient of a Champaign-Urbana International Humanitarian award.


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Savoy population up nearly 1,000 in five years, officials estimate

Village of Savoy officials are excited about how fast the community is growing.  The growth may be near one thousand people in just the last five years.

Urbana man faces class X burglary charges

URBANA — A multiple-convicted felon who allegedly rifled through cars in north Champaign early Tuesday has been charged with two counts of burglary.

Arrests take two guns from streets

CHAMPAIGN — Champaign police removed two guns from the street Tuesday with arrests in separate incidents.

Champaign Police Sgt. Dave Griffet said members of the multi-jurisdictional street violence team were given information Tuesday by a Champaign police detective that a man not allowed to have a gun may have had one.