Village facility will become preschool

FISHER — Maria Kasche plans to open a curriculum-based preschool for 3-to-5-year-olds In Fisher.

UI panel gives preliminary OK for med school in C-U

URBANA — A proposal for a new medical school in Champaign-Urbana received preliminary endorsement by a faculty committee Monday, marking the first step toward the idea becoming a reality.

Villa Grove exchange students open up about their time in the States

VILLA GROVE — The four foreign exchange students at Villa Grove High School look just like any average American kid: they wear school T-shirts and tennis shoes, do their best to avoid school lunches and are addicted to their smartphones.

Top of the Morning, Sept. 16, 2014

Bus Stories

— Did you know Champaign Central takes a bus to its home football games?

Since Tommy Stewart Field is located at Centennial High School — Central's chief rival — the Maroons prefer to dress and warm up at their practice facility a mile to the east. For a 7 p.m. game, they hop on a yellow bus at 6:20 to reach the field in time for the coin toss.

Gifford trustees discuss construction complaints

GIFFORD — The village board has discussed the possibility of enacting an ordinance that would ban the construction of manufactured homes in the village. 

At their monthly meeting, trustees relayed all the complaints that they had heard from residents

Updated: Champaign police investigate bank robbery

New 5:25 p.m. Monday:

Champaign Police are investigating the robbery of a bank Monday afternoon in the central part of the city.

Police spokesperson Rene Dunn said officers were called to First Midwest Bank at 812 West Springfield Avenue around 3:20 p.m. for a report of a robbery at that location.  Dunn said a weapon was not used in the incident.

VA leaders in Danville to hear public, government concerns

The head of the Veterans Affairs Illiana Health Care System in Danville said he knows what will need to be addressed when a government review comes out, and he will hear what the public thinks this Friday.

Decades later, Vietnam soldiers get Medal of Honor

JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press

Former RTHS music teacher pleads to misdemeanor

URBANA — Former Rantoul Township High School music teacher and band director Bryan Reynolds will spend the next two years on probation and lose his teaching license.

Gamers use police hoax to lash out at opponents

SADIE GURMAN, Associated Press