Area history, Feb. 22, 2017

Today is Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017. Here are local news reports from 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

High School Confidential: Week 21

On Wednesdays throughout the school year, area students will fill us in on what's happening at their high schools:


This day in history, Feb. 22, 2017

Today is Wednesday, Feb. 22, the 53rd day of 2017. There are 312 days left in the year.

Today's highlight:

On Feb. 22, 1732 (New Style date), the first president of the United States, George Washington, was born in Westmoreland County in the Virginia Colony.

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Top of the Morning, Feb. 22, 2017

The ROSDAIL siblings paid close attention to how their parents interacted.

"They were really in love," said KAREN (ROSDAIL) LEARNARD, one of five kids who all graduated from Georgetown High, "and I think that rubbed off on us."

Man resentenced to 4 years prison for aggravated battery

URBANA — A Champaign man who failed to follow the rules of probation was resentenced Tuesday to four years in prison.

Noting Darius Robinson's violent past, Judge Tom Difanis declined to recommend the 22-year-old, whose last known address was in the 1000 block of West Bradley Avenue, for boot camp.

Man faces federal charges in Champaign, Kankakee robberies

URBANA — A federal trial is set to begin April 18 for a Kankakee man charged with committing robberies in Champaign and Kankakee last year.

Thomas James, 33, who listed an address in the 500 block of South Indiana Avenue, made his first appearance in federal court last week.

Student injured in Monticello bus accident

MONTICELLO — A crash involving a pickup truck and school bus resulted in one student being treated and released from a local hospital.

Around 7:40 a.m. today, Monticello police responded to a crash in the 1700 block of North Market Street that involved a Ford pickup and a school bus transporting 29 students to Monticello schools.

Life in prison for Hoopeston drug trafficker

URBANA — A 37-year-old Hoopeston man will spend the rest of his life in federal prison for trafficking crystal meth and cocaine in Champaign.

U.S. District Judge Colin S. Bruce handed down the life sentence Friday to Jose Jaime “JJ” Lopez of the 800 block of West Penn Street, according to Patrick D. Hansen, acting U.S. attorney for the Central District of Illinois.

Eurozone economy seen running at near 6-year high

LONDON (AP) — Economic growth in the 19-country eurozone accelerated in February to a near six-year high, a closely watched survey found Tuesday.

In its monthly survey of economic activity across the region, financial information company IHS Markit also said job creation was the best for nine and a half years, as order books and business optimism continued to pick up.

Admitted burglar gets 4 years in prison

URBANA — A 19-year-old Champaign man who admitted breaking into a home in west Champaign earlier this month has been sentenced to four years in prison.

Judge Tom Difanis agreed to recommend Andre Runge, who listed an address in the 700 block of West Harvard Street, for the Department of Corrections' boot camp program, in the wake of his plea to residential burglary.