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Police increasing presence in school zones after 2 'stranger danger' incidents

CHAMPAIGN — Police are asking parents and students to be vigilant after two “stranger danger” incidents near Franklin Middle School this month.

Lt. Nate Rath said about 7:10 a.m. April 19, a man in a vehicle approached a 13-year-old female student near Market Street and Bradley Avenue and asked if she needed a ride and her phone number.

OSF HealthCare, HealthLink reach agreement

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URBANA — A nearly three-month standoff between OSF HealthCare and HealthLink is over.

Parolee arrested after police find gun, drugs in car

CHAMPAIGN — A local man on parole for drug and weapons offenses was arrested Tuesday afternoon for allegedly having a gun and drugs in a vehicle.

Jamonte Hill, 23, who listed addresses in the 1000 block of Kerr Avenue in Urbana and the 2500 block of Campbell Drive in Champaign, was arrested by members of the Champaign County Street Crimes Task Force.

UPDATED: Urbana names city administrator

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Teacher of the Week: Lori Broady

Meet LORI BROADY, who is in her first full year teaching second grade at Tuscola's North Ward Elementary School after a 10-year run at Champaign's Next Generation School. Broady actually started at the Douglas County school in 2016 but didn't make it a month after receiving news she never imagined getting in her mid-30s. Here's more.

Dershowitz: 'I haven't seen any evidence of any criminal activity or an impeachable offense'

Legal commentator Alan Dershowitz, whose opposition to special prosecutors has won favor with President Donald Trump, thinks it's unlikely the president will fire Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein or special counsel Robert Mueller — despite his Twitter attacks.

County board reverses itself, extends nursing home manager's contract

URBANA — It took only nine minutes for Champaign County Board members to undo what they did last Thursday.

Board members voted unanimously Tuesday night to extend the county nursing home management contract with SAK Management Services until July 31.

Legally Speaking: Kari May and Mary Bunyard

April is Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month.

UI breaks ground on new playground for designers-to-be

CHAMPAIGN — About 40,000 square feet of space to do with whatever they want.

That's what University of Illinois students will be getting from the $48 million, coming-in-2020 Siebel Center for Design, officials promised during Tuesday's groundbreaking.

Tom Kacich | April shivers in to record books

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