Johnson, Democratic colleague promote bipartisanship at town-hall meeting

CHAMPAIGN — Christopher Murphy and Tim Johnson may belong to opposing political parties, but the two Congressmen agree that cooperation between Republicans and Democrats is needed for the common good of the country if Congress is ever going to be able to overcome gridlock.

St. Joseph women running for a cause

Debra, Mallory and Melissa Studniarz are raising money for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital with their feet.

The three St. Joseph natives will run in the St. Jude Memphis Marathon on Dec. 3. Debra and Melissa will run a full marathon while Mallory runs the half.

Ford County official calls soon-to-be-illegal drug a huge problem

PAXTON — It is sold as incense or potpourri in stores in nearby Champaign and Rantoul, but teens and young adults in Paxton are not fooled. Many know the intended purpose of the marijuana-like product is to get high.

Most East Central Illinois school officials say 'spice' not an issue

School resource officers and administrators at high schools throughout East Central Illinois said they are aware of "K2," a widely available synthetic cannabis that will become illegal in Illinois starting in 2012.

But most schools say they have not noticed a significant problem with students using or possessing the product at school.

After Afghanistan, Rantoul man wastes no time finding work, getting on with life

RANTOUL — Army Sgt. Jordan Rudzinski didn't have to spend a lot of time looking for a civilian job when his armed service days ended in late September.

Within 12 hours of his discharge, he had a new occupation.

Rudzinski is employed as a sales representative at Complete Nutrition, a supplement store in Champaign.

Open house to focus on jobs in health industry

CHAMPAIGN — Residents interested in working in the health industry can check out career paths during an open house at Parkland College.

The college's health professions open house will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Nov. 11 at the main campus, 2400 W. Bradley Avenue, C, and at Parkland College on Mattis, 1315 N. Mattis Ave., C.

It's Your Business: Burger-centric restaurant coming to Champaign

The latest burger-centric restaurant to come to Champaign-Urbana is Meatheads Burgers & Fries, a Chicago-based company that opened its first location in Bloomington about four years ago.

Shots fired at Champaign apartment complex

CHAMPAIGN — Shots were fired outside a north Champaign apartment complex early Saturday morning, but police believe that no one was hurt.

Police did not find the suspect after responding to the call of a single gunshot at 2:24 a/m. at the 88 West apartment complex at 2001 N. Moreland Blvd, said Champaign police Sgt. David Griffet.

C-U protesters rally against corporate greed

CHAMPAIGN — Activists joined a growing national movement on Saturday when they marched through downtown Champaign to "Occupy C-U."

New chancellor took her own path

URBANA — Phyllis Wise's father was a physician and her mother a nurse; both were professors at Ivy League universities.

No pressure here.

The parents didn't have to tell their daughter, the future chancellor, that they wanted her to earn an M.D. after her name.