For Urbana's officer of the year, it's about a 'passion for helping people'

Winning the Urbana Police Department's John E. Lockard Officer of the Year award was just one of the highlights of BETSY ALFONSO's 2018.

The other? Giving birth to her first child.

Experts: Vehicle tariffs to cost jobs, raise prices

DETROIT — Every workday, about 7,400 trucks mostly loaded with automotive parts rumble across the Ambassador Bridge connecting Detroit and Canada, at times snarling traffic along the busy corridor.

The fine print: C-U budgets

With budget talks commanding city councils' attention Monday night (Urbana) and tonight (Champaign), The News-Gazette sifted through pages and pages of financial estimates for a little compare-and-contrast.

Oakwood's inaugural Wall of Fame class talk of town at meet and greet

OAKWOOD — It was a challenge for Darrin Fletcher to cast his gaze upon the plaque he received Monday evening.

Pictured on it were the former University of Illinois and major league catcher, along with late grandfather Glen, late father Tom and son Casey. The imagery was a token of appreciation for the first family of Oakwood baseball.

This day in history, June 19, 2018

Today is Tuesday, June 19, the 170th day of 2018. There are 195 days left in the year.

Today's highlight

On June 19, 1953, Julius Rosenberg, 35, and his wife, Ethel, 37, convicted of conspiring to pass U.S. atomic secrets to the Soviet Union, were executed at Sing Sing Prison in Ossining, N.Y.

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Area history, June 19, 2018

Today is Tuesday, June 19, 2018. Here are local news reports from 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1918, following six months of training, the 267th and 268th squadrons left Chanute Field to take part in the Great War.

In 1968, Dr. L. Meyer Jones was named dean of the University of Illiois College of Veterinary Medicine.

Top of the Morning, June 19, 2018

Did you play Little League baseball in Champaign-Urbana?

Courage Connection seeking pajamas, peanut butter, jelly

CHAMPAIGN — Courage Connection, a local agency that serves victims of domestic violence, is turning to the community to help provide some comfort items for moms who are forced to gather up their kids and flee violent homes, leaving their possessions behind.

Danville shooting victims ID'd

DANVILLE — The Vermilion County coroner’s office on Monday released the names of the two men who were shot and killed outside of a Danville motorcycle club early Saturday morning.

They were identified as Albert L. Gardner, Jr., 23, and Tahji S. McGill, 17, both of Danville.

Autopsies were performed on both men on Saturday, but the results are pending.

Cleanup of Peoria County rock slide begins

PEORIA (AP) — A cleanup of a massive rock slide in central Illinois' Peoria County has begun.

Excavation equipment rumbled last week along Kickapoo Creek Road to start removing boulders, earth and trees that have been blocking traffic between Harmon Highway and Bartonville.