Ammons to Davis: 'Don't be afraid'

SPRINGFIELD — State Rep. Carol Ammons, D-Urbana, announced Tuesday that she has formed an exploratory committee to decide whether to run in 2018 for Congress in Illinois' 13th District.

"You and I together are going to launch our exploratory committee together," she told hundreds of women and men outside the state Capitol who were attending a Women March on Springfield rally.

Report urges steps to promote diversity at UI

CHAMPAIGN — The University of Illinois should create a new vice chancellor to better coordinate wide-ranging — and sometimes redundant — efforts to promote diversity on campus, a new report says.

04-25-17 Penny for Your Thoughts

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04-25-17 Penny for Your Thoughts.  Brian Barnhart with a one hour Penny open line.


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'She did not know who shot her'

URBANA — A Champaign teen confined to a wheelchair after being struck by a bullet last fall has recanted earlier statements that led to shooting-related charges against two men.

Holdup at Champaign pharmacy nets prison term

URBANA — An Indianapolis man who admitted robbing a Champaign pharmacy of drugs has been sentenced to six years in prison.

Arian Craig, 19, will serve the sentence at the same time he serves a four-year stint he received in February in Vermilion County for a similar holdup of a pharmacy in Danville.

Street closures listing

Here is a list of street closures and road construction in East Central Illinois, provided by public works offices: (If your public works department wants to send one, submit it via email to breaking@news-gazette.com.)


New DACC trustees ready to hit ground running

One of the new faces on the Danville Area Community College board is no stranger to the college.

First MTD board meeting in City Building set this week

CHAMPAIGN — Wednesday's meeting of the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District board will be the first one held in the council chambers of the Champaign City Building, 102 N. Neil St.

For several years, monthly meetings had been held at the MTD's Illinois Terminal building, also in downtown Champaign.

Part 24: Where Offerman ate, a TV exec drank and an astronaut swam

With the University of Illinois celebrating birthday No. 150 this year, we caught up with hundreds of graduates who've gone on to greatness. Every Tuesday and one Sunday a month throughout 2017, Managing Editor JEFF D'ALESSIO will tell their tales. Today, in Part 24: Gone but not forgotten.

Both new Champaign school board members jump right in

CHAMPAIGN — On their first night as new Champaign school board members, Heather Vazquez and Bruce Brown were quickly thrown right into the mix, approving three new administrative hires, one of them directly related to the $183.4 million referendum passed in November.