Retiree may be pick for vacant Vermilion County Board seat

DANVILLE – A retired city of Danville employee is expected to be appointed on Tuesday night to the Vermilion County Board vacancy in District 7.

Scott Kair, 55, of 1203 Sherman St., Danville, was recommended by the local Democratic Party and will be nominated at Tuesday's board meeting by Chairman Jim McMahon.

Grocery almost ready to open, but it needs a sidewalk first

CHAMPAIGN – The grand opening for the new County Market store near the Burnham 310 apartment building is less than two weeks away, and the store is about ready to go, officials say.

Except for that front sidewalk.

The sidewalk area near the store entrance is still dirt and gravel and, as of midweek, Burnham 310 developer The Pickus Companies hasn't yet hired a cement contractor. Highland Park-based The Pickus Companies is supposed to oversee installation of the streetscape along Springfield Avenue but didn't get the work finished this fall before cold weather set in, according to Louis Pickus, president of the company.

Customers saddened to hear bookstore has closed

SAVOY – Customers expressed sadness – and some concern over unused gift cards – now that Pages for All Ages is formally closed.

A new sign on the front of Pages for All Ages bookstore in Savoy says the store is closed for good, a casualty of the recession.

Five vie for three seats on Villa Grove school board

VILLA GROVE – Five candidates will be vying for three open seats on the Villa Grove school board this spring.

School board seats are elected from two districts. The Camargo Township district has one open seat and the district that covers outside of the township will have two openings to fill. School board representatives are elected to a four-year term.

Companies recalling products with peanuts

Two more companies have launched voluntary recalls of products containing peanuts due to potential salmonella contamination.

Both recalls are precautionary measures resulting from the recently expanded recall by Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) to include all peanut ingredients produced in its Blakely, Georgia facility.

Johnson angry about FutureGen project being listed as 'pork'

U.S. Rep. Tim Johnson, R-Urbana, said on Wednesday he was "outraged" that the FutureGen clean coal plant was included in a "pork" list compiled by his GOP colleagues of projects in the federal stimulus package, even though neither the House nor Senate bills specifically made reference to FutureGen.

CNN reported Tuesday that FutureGen was at the top of a list distributed by some congressional Republicans of 32 so-called "wasteful" programs in the economic stimulus bill.

Man gets prison sentence in death of PBL alumna

KENOSHA, Wis. – A Wisconsin man was sentenced Friday to 2½ years in prison for leaving the scene of an accident in which he ran over former Loda resident Ashley C. Marcotte with a car, killing her.

However, 37-year-old Thomas J. Sillcocks of Kenosha, Wis., will be released in less than two years because he will be given credit for the 288 days he has already served in the county jail. Sillcocks will not be released earlier than that, however, because there is no "early release" in Wisconsin, said Kenosha County Assistant District Attorney James Kraus.

Former Paxton man dies after tree falls on camper

ATHENS, Tenn. – A former Paxton man staying with his wife at a campground in Tennessee was killed when a large oak tree fell and crushed their camper while they were sleeping.

Terry Rasmus, 51, was pronounced dead at 6 a.m. Sunday at Athens Regional Medical Center as a result of suffocation and being crushed, according to Athens Fire Chief Jim Dyer.

Coroner identifies victim of fatal accident

HEGELER – The Vermilion County sheriff's department still is investigating a car-pedestrian accident that killed a 50-year-old South Danville man on Wednesday evening.

Vermilion County Coroner Peggy Johnson said on Thursday morning the accident killed Kevin C. Glass of South Danville


Cornbelt fire district board accused of violating Illinois Open Meetings Act

MAHOMET – The Illinois attorney general's office is investigating allegations that Cornbelt Fire Protection District's trustees violated the Illinois Open Meetings Act in November.

A letter sent to trustees by the attorney general's office stated someone had alleged that its three trustees at the time met in closed session for at least half an hour before the board's Nov. 5 meeting. A copy of the letter, dated Jan. 16, was obtained by The News-Gazette.