UPDATED: UI again proposes tuition freeze for in-state freshmen

URBANA — Hoping to boost overall revenue but keep costs down for Illinois residents, the University of Illinois has proposed another tuition freeze for in-state students next fall.

The Urbana campus plans to raise tuition rates for out-of-state students and its growing population of international students — who are charged up to three times what Illinois residents pay.

Woman's story led to inquiries against funeral home director

NEWMAN — It has been eight months, but Kelly Sego is still reeling from the way a former funeral home director handled her mother's services, including not having her body cremated in time for her visitation.

Sego's complaint to state authorities about Andrew Appleby led to investigations that have resulted in criminal charges of forgery against him.

Ex-funeral director charged with forging death certificate signatures

TUSCOLA — The former director of a Newman funeral home is scheduled to be in court next week to face criminal charges that he electronically forged another funeral director's name to death certificates.

Danville Police Christmas Cash giveaway

Danville Police officers, on behalf of the Danville Police Association, presented 30 unsuspecting motorists and pedestrians with a $100 bill as a token of their appreciation.

Black Lives Matter "die-out"

A group of about 20 people participated in Tueday's "die-out" outside the Champaign County Courthouse, organized by members of Black Lives Matter Champaign-Urbana.

Sunday Conversation: Larry Lyons

He has worked at the school since 1987, the last two-plus years as athletic director. Larry Lyons cheered on the Illinois State football program as it reached unprecedented heights in 2014, falling just short against North Dakota State in the FCS title game. The Pontiac native and Illinois graduate has big plans for the Redbirds.

SFC tour

Workers are putting the final touches on the State Farm Center in preparation for Wednesday night's basketball game beween Illinois and Notre Dame.

Rantoul standoff, Nov. 30, 2015

Police in Rantoul are trying to convince a man accused of committing an armed home invasion to surrender.

Jacob K. Morrissey, 26, Mahomet is accused of getting into a home on Chateau Drive in St. Joseph early Sunday and firing a 12-gauge shotgun at the residents. He wounded a man in the house.

Rockets overwhelmed by Fightin' Irish in title game

DeKALB — Unity football coach Scott Hamilton choked up as the trophy for finishing in second place in Class 3A sat in front of him, the second time in the last week he fought off tears after an emotional playoff game.

Last week, his emotions overflowed after a win. This time, he reacted to a big loss.

Arcola routs Stark County for 1A football crown

DeKALB — Arcola football coach Zach Zehr followed a swath of white jerseys with purple numbers and jogged along the Huskie Stadium sideline Friday while a crowd half the size of Arcola cheered wildly as the Purple Riders hoisted a trophy that, a few years ago, they never thought they’d hold.