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Man sentenced to six years for fatal DUI crash

URBANA — A weeping Nigerian immigrant, who admitted smoking cannabis a week before a crash that killed a Westville mother, told her family members Thursday not a day goes by that he doesn't think of her.

Police arrest man for possession with the intent to deliver heroin

CHAMPAIGN — In the wake of two deaths connected to what authorities called “a bad batch of heroin,” Champaign police arrested a man who admitted he has been selling the drug on a daily basis.

Shots fired reported in Champaign

CHAMPAIGN — Police are investigating another report of shots fired on the city’s north side.

Champaign officers were called to the 200 block of Arcadia Drive at 6:42 p.m. Thursday after a resident reported hearing “about six shots.”

Rankin gets two bids for water tower work

RANKIN — Two bids — one nearly twice as high as the other — have been received from contractors for the restoration of Rankin's water tower.

Monticello school board to refinance bonds

MONTICELLO — The school board has approved the refinancing of $4.75 million in building bonds. The plan also calls for the district to buy those same bonds with its own fund reserves, with those two moves combining to earn the district an extra $520,000 over the life of the bonds, due to be paid off in 2020.

Urbana man arrested over gun, ammunition at O'Hare

CHAMPAIGN — An Urbana man was arrested Tuesday after a handgun and loaded magazine were discovered in one of his carry-on bags at Chicago's O'Hare Airport.

Brian R. Hardman, 47, was arrested on a felony count of attempting to board an aircraft with a weapon and a misdemeanor count of unlawful use of a weapon, according to a Chicago Police Department release.

Judge denies request to dismiss murder charges

URBANA — Champaign County prosecutors got lucky Thursday when a judge declined a defense request to dismiss murder charges against a Champaign man because his speedy-trial rights had been violated.

Appointees to UI board of trustees speak out

A woman chosen to be on the University of Illinois Board of Trustees said while it's important for her to gather all the information she can before commenting too much, she said the proposed funding cut to the university is disappointing.

Public meeting in Danville to address drug concerns

As Champaign police issue a warning about heroin use and overdoses, Vermilion County residents are continuing to voice their concerns about the drug as well.  And they'll soon have a public forum to do that alongside elected officials.

Wednesday fire damages Urbana apartment building

Officials at an Urbana apartment complex are cleaning up after a contracting crew accidentally sparked a fire there on Wednesday.