State's October foreclosures up 56% from September

CHAMPAIGN – The number of foreclosures filed in Illinois jumped 56 percent in October from the previous month, according to RealtyTrac's monthly foreclosure market report.

The report said 19,946 properties in Illinois were subject to a foreclosure filing in October. That was the highest monthly total for Illinois since RealtyTrac began issuing its report in January 2005.

Music boosters launch candy sale

DANVILLE – The Danville High School Choral Music Boosters candy fund-raiser is under way.

Orders for See's Candies will be taken through Nov. 16 and delivered beginning Dec. 4.

Books for prisoners wins 2nd place

URBANA – The local Books 2 Prisoners program won second place in its category at the 2009 Governor's Hometown Awards in Springfield.

The awards were announced in late October.

Crime report

In crimes reported recently to area police:


– 2100 block of Laurel Park Place: .22-caliber rifle missing from home; believed taken Oct. 9.

Champaign County District 1 candidate withdraws

MAHOMET – Gary Maxwell, one of three Republican candidates for the Champaign County Board in District 1, has withdrawn from the race and endorsed the other challenger, 48-year-old Stephanie Holderfield.

His decision means that incumbent Chris Doenitz, 48, of rural Mahomet, and Holderfield will compete for one seat in the Feb. 2 Republican primary election in the county board district that includes the northwest quadrant of the county.

Department of dance announces November concert

URBANA – Dance at Illinois this weekend will present its annual November Dance program, calling it "Student/Faculty/Exchange (SFX)."

It will feature new collaborations between students and faculty that reveal dance styles rarely seen on the November Dance stage, according to the University of Illinois Department of Dance.

Bar association president: Fight for your home

CHAMPAIGN – For heaven's sake, do something.

That's the advice the president of the Illinois State Bar Association gives to those who have gotten word – or just suspect – that their home faces foreclosure.

Golf-course tax support tees off Danville aldermen

DANVILLE – As city administrators and aldermen struggle with the city's financial woes, a debate has resurfaced over the city-operated Harrison Park Golf Course, as one alderman continues to argue that the public course should not receive any hotel-motel tax revenue.

Alderman Rickey Williams raised the issue at Tuesday night's public works committee meeting, when city officials proposed raising fees at the golf course on West Voorhees Street in Danville.

Herman withdraws his name for NMSU presidency

URBANA – Richard Herman, former chancellor at the University of Illinois' Urbana campus, removed himself from consideration as the next president of New Mexico State University on Tuesday.

"We just decided it wasn't the right thing at this time. (Wife) Susan and I thought they were very gracious people doing some wonderful things, but this just isn't the right time," Herman said Wednesday.

Cities, county to discuss video gaming

URBANA – The Champaign and Urbana city councils along with the Champaign County Board will hold a joint study session Thursday evening to examine the issue of legalized video gaming.