Updated: Carle gets OK to expand

NORMAL — Carle Foundation Hospital has the go-ahead from a state board to expand, over the objections of rival hospital Presence Covenant Medical Center.

Ask Tom Kacich if this is a good thing here

Recent heat wave helps crops

The head of the Champaign County Farm Bureau said the heat wave that East Central Illinois has experienced lately will help speed up the maturity process for corn and soybeans.

New Illinois law changes who can keep driving after a DUI

The Champaign County Sheriff said a recent change to Illinois' rules regarding DUI accidents won't have an adverse effect on public safety.

Arrest may resolve several burglaries of credit, debit cards

URBANA — Area police believe the arrest of an Urbana woman Tuesday may help them close several residential burglary cases that have cost victims credit and debit cards and a whole lot of hassle.

Urbana police Sgt. Dan Morgan said police continue to look for the woman's boyfriend.

Man charged in home invasion

URBANA — A Champaign man accused of taking part in a violent home invasion last fall has been arraigned on Class X felony charges.

Brandon C. Baker, 29, whose last local address was in the 5000 block of West Dudley Road, appeared in Champaign County Circuit Court Monday, where he was arraigned on two counts of home invasion. A warrant for Baker's arrest was issued July 10.

Survey: Farmland prices down first half of year

URBANA — Typical prices paid for farmland were down 2 percent to 4.1 percent during the first half of this year, according to a mid-year survey by the Illinois Society of Professional Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers.

Panel chosen to advise Rantoul park district

RANTOUL — There are a couple of bank officials, a village trustee, a retired insurance official, a retired corporate officer, a former teacher and at least one non-golfer.

They make up the citizens advisory committee named to study the future of Rantoul's Brookhill Golf Course and the Rantoul Park District.

Callis campaign starts TV ads

CHAMPAIGN — Challenger Ann Callis is the first candidate — other than gubernatorial contenders Pat Quinn and Bruce Rauner — to hit the television airwaves in East Central Illinois with commercials this election season.

On campus: More students, fewer cars

CHAMPAIGN — As a newcomer to Champaign, Mark Goldich of Chicago brought his car to the University of Illinois so he could take off whenever he felt like it.

"I didn't want to feel I was stuck in central Illinois," said the first-year law student.

As costly restoration drags on, city officials' patience wears thin

URBANA — City council members run the spectrum on what to do with the Urbana Landmark Hotel as a restoration that cost the city $1.45 million has extended well beyond what they expected.