UI police finding body-camera tests bearing fruit

URBANA — Brian Tison has learned a few things this past week as he has tested body cameras for his police department.

The quality of the video is "fantastic," said the University of Illinois police officer, but when it's on as he drives, all he can see is "trees and sky," and the seat belt tends to catch on the device, both because of where he attached it to himself.

Champaign-Urbana unemployment rates improved in July

CHICAGO — Job growth downstate continues to lag, but unemployment rates for July in Champaign-Urbana last month and in Champaign County as a whole were showing slight declines from a year ago, according to the state's Department of Employment Security.

Weekend Planner: Flying for the fun of it

If you think most licensed airplane pilots would have an easy time flying remote-controlled planes, you should think again.

Grain tour shows bountiful harvest in Piatt County

BEMENT — It looks like 2016 will complete a stellar three-year run for local corn and soybean crops. The annual Topflight Grain Cooperative crop tour last week predicted that the area corn crop will average around 223 bushels per acre, up from last year's 220.1 but behind the record 235.2-bushel yields of 2014.

State Board of Elections appeals judge's ruling on Gill

SPRINGFIELD — A decision enjoining the Illinois State Board of Elections from booting independent congressional candidate David Gill off the November ballot is being appealed to the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago.

Top of the Morning, Aug. 27, 2016

In this year’s Answer Book — which published last Sunday and still is available at our downtown offices — we spotlighted one veteran from 50 area towns. Here’s more on Gifford’s hero, Ray Buck.

To celebrate his 89th birthday, Ray Buck went for a ride.

About 1,800 feet in the air.

“What a view,” the Army veteran said. “Loved seeing all the area from so far up in the air.”

High school football scoreboard, Aug. 26-27, 2016

The wait is over.

Almost nine months after Arcola claimed a Class 1A state title and Unity played for a state title in 3A, the 2016 high school football season is upon us.

However, weather caused some issues in Week 1.

PODCAST: Cindi Canary, Independent Map Amendment 08-26-16

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Cindi Canary, Executive Director of the Independent Map Amendment, shares reaction to Thursday's Illinois Supreme Court ruling barring a constitutional amendment that would change the way the state's politcal boundaries are drawn from appearing on this November's ballot.


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Updated: storms sock southern counties

New 3:34 p.m. Friday:

The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for western Coles County, southeastern Moultrie County and east central Shelby County until 4:15 p.m.


Original story:

The National Weather Service has issued a pair of advisories for southern counties in East Cental Illinois:

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