Urbana man faces murder charge

JOLIET – An Urbana man is accused of fatally shooting a Champaign woman and dumping her body out of a moving car on Interstate 57 in Will County.

According to Illinois State Police at District 5, Joliet, the Will County state's attorney's office approved a charge of first-degree murder against Delon E. Scott, 22, of Urbana for killing Cassandra R. Cawthon, 33, of Champaign. Scott was being held in the Will County Jail, state police said.

Juniors give UI their word

CHAMPAIGN - The oral commitments of two highly regarded juniors are expected to put some punch in the backcourt of the future at Illinois.

Pledges from Peoria Central guard D.J. Richardson and Warren guard Brandon Paul also allow the program something else it needed: recruiting mojo.

Landmark idea of superconductivity turns 50

Leon Cooper says he knew it was important when he and University of Illinois colleagues John Bardeen and Robert Schrieffer came up with their landmark theory of superconductivity 50 years ago.

He even thought what came to be known as the BCS Theory was probably worth a Nobel prize.

Charleston man charged with neglecting animals

The owner of almost 70 horses taken from a Charleston farm this fall has been charged with "several" misdemeanors, Coles County State's Attorney Steve Ferguson said.

In turn, Dr. Ernest Rose, the owner of the horses taken from the farm after Coles County officials found them without proper food, water and other care, is suing the county for unlawfully seizing his property.

Parties settle over 2002 ammonia spill

More than five years after an ammonia spill killed about 100,000 fish in the Salt Fork, a settlement has been reached.

The University of Illinois, its cleaning contractor, CEDA Inc., and the Urbana & Champaign Sanitary District agreed to pay a total of $491,000 for restoration projects that will benefit the fish and wildlife of the Saline Branch Drainage Ditch and the Salt Fork of the Vermilion River.

Danville parks prompt debate in advance of grant bid

DANVILLE – Heather Langston said the city's parks have a lot to offer.

Her deaf grandson can play safely at AMBUCS Playground for Everyone at Winter Park, for example.

Absent Clark receives prison term

DANVILLE – Former NBA player Keon Clark was sentenced to prison on Wednesday in Vermilion County Circuit Court for not having a firearm owner's identification card and for possessing drugs.

Clark, 32, of Danville did not show up for the hearing, and no attorney appeared on his behalf. Circuit Judge Michael Clary sentenced Clark in absentia.

Override of veto on truck speed limit stalls

SPRINGFIELD – An attempt to increase the speed limit for large trucks hit a roadblock on Wednesday.

"I appreciate that the truckers would like to save time and money, but our job is to save lives," said state Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie, D-Chicago, who opposed the change.

Danville school officials get mixed report on performance

DANVILLE – On the academic side, Danville schools have made progress in state testing but not enough to meet state standards as a district. But on the financial side, the district has made some significant improvements and achieved the state's highest mark.

Danville school officials reviewed at Wednesday night's board meeting the district's state test scores, highlighting areas of growth and areas that need work.

UI entrepreneur program ranks in top 25

CHAMPAIGN – The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has one of the top 25 entrepreneurship programs in the country, according to new rankings compiled for Entrepreneur magazine.

It's the first time the Urbana-Champaign campus has made the list, a University of Illinois news release stated. Actual rankings of colleges on the list won't be released until the November issue of Entrepreneur arrives on newsstands Oct. 23.