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'Love affair' with Balloons Over Vermilion strong as ever

Organizers of the 2017 Balloons Over Vermilion festival have begun planning for next year's event, set for July at the Vermilion Regional Airport. Based on this year's official attendance, "we fully expect that number to grow in the years ahead," said event Co-Chair Jim Anderson.

Public's input for Dr. Howard Elementary sought today

CHAMPAIGN — It's the opinion of the president of the Dr. Howard Elementary PTA that the school has the best staff in the Unit 4 school district.

And Jolee Phelps said that once Dr. Howard's current building is torn down and replaced with a new $16.1 million facility, the school will rise another notch.

Tom Kacich: Even without Ammons, 13th District race is Democrat-heavy

Hear from Rodney Davis Thursday at 7:40 on WDWS.

Even with state Rep. Carol Ammons opting not to run, there could be as many as five contenders for the Democratic Party nomination to take on U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis next year.

Champaign council gives initial OK for business center at library

CHAMPAIGN — As the times change, Champaign Public Library Director Donna Pittman says, libraries should, too.

Area history, July 26, 2017

Today is Wednesday, July 26, 2017. Here are local news reports from 100, 50, 15 years ago:

This day in history, July 26, 2017

Today is Wednesday, July 26, the 207th day of 2017. There are 158 days left in the year.

Today's highlight

On July 26, 2016, Hillary Clinton became the first woman to be nominated for president by a major political party at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

Top of the Morning, July 26, 2017

In Sunday's popular "Big 10," Editor Jeff D'Alessio asked readers to tell us about their wedding song. Here's another submitted by ADA MURRAY, who married JOHN in 1974 in Champaign:

Challenger League All Star Game 2017

The Tom Jones Challenger League fifth annual All-Stars Game at Eichelberger Field on UI campus in Urbana on Tuesday, July 25, 2017. 

Champaign man gets 8 years for having gun

URBANA — A Champaign man who admitted having a handgun when arrested earlier this year is headed to prison for eight years.

Coreyawn Donald, 28, who listed an address in the 1600 block of Thornton Drive, pleaded guilty Tuesday to unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon.

Four face meth-related charges after search of Douglas County home

TUSCOLA — Four people were arrested Tuesday in Douglas County in connection with an alleged methamphetamine operation that also involved stolen vehicles.