UPDATE: 'I wish I could forgive you, but I’m not quite there yet'

CHAMPAIGN — A Champaign man involved in a drunken-driving wreck that claimed the life of Presence Covenant Medical Center retiree Stephen Saad has been sentenced to four years in prison.

Chad Berry, 32, pleaded guilty earlier this year to aggravated driving under the influence in connection with a car-motorcycle collision a year ago at State and White streets in which Mr. Saad died.

Crash near Cissna Park claims life of 12-year-old boy

URBANA — A 12-year-old boy died Sunday from injuries he sustained in a one-vehicle crash near Cissna Park on Saturday.

Champaign County Coroner Duane Northrup said Jacob D. Rose, 12, of Cissna Park was pronounced dead at 12:41 p.m. at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.

The boy was reportedly ejected from the vehicle during the crash, Northrup said.

Cubbie Conversation, July 24, 2017

After taking 2 of 3 from the rival Cardinals, J.J. Lockwood can't stop smiling. "Life is good" for the first-place Cubbies, who enter a huge week with four against the White Sox and a showdown with the Brewers.

This day in history, July 24, 2017

Today is Monday, July 24, the 205th day of 2017. There are 160 days left in the year.

Today's highlight:

On July 24, 1567, Mary, Queen of Scots was forced to abdicate by Scottish nobles in favor of her infant son James, who became King of Scotland at the age of one.

On this date:

Fourth Democrat running for Davis' seat

EDWARDSVILLE — A former Illinois assistant attorney general from Edwardsville has become the fourth Democratic candidate for the congressional seat held by U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Taylorville.

Area history, July 24, 2017

Today is Monday, July 24, 2017. Here are local news reports from 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Those Who Served: For one vet, Korea was a close call

MONTICELLO — Sam McPheeters dropped out of high school his senior year, drove a Harley to Denver with a buddy, got a job and then decided to enlist.

It was a critical time. The Korean War was in its early stages, and McPheeters would nearly get killed not long before he shipped home.

Rakim Vineyard murder trial: Jury pool larger than usual

URBANA — Three years after a Champaign man was gunned down on a city street in north Champaign, the man accused of his killing is about to be tried for murder.

More people than usual have been summoned to the Champaign County Courthouse today to serve as potential jurors in the trial of Joshu'ah Young, 19, whose last known address was in the 200 block of South Dodson Drive, Urbana.

Top of the Morning, July 24, 2017

I had a feeling last week's column on our use of "teen" and "man" in crime headlines might generate a fair bit of interest.

Turns out, it has the second-highest pageviews of all of the articles published in this space so far this year.

Champaign Park District survey respondents want wildlife areas, indoor pools

The final results of a Champaign Park District survey are in, and they said the community would like to see more natural and wildlife areas, as well as indoor pools.

The University of Illinois' Office and Recreation Park Resources Department worked with the park district on the survey that was sent out to 3,500 random addresses in April, with residents returning 351 of those surveys.