Holiday Hills area under boil order through today

DANVILLE – A boil order is in effect for the Holiday Hills area.

A water main broke Tuesday afternoon while Aqua Illinois workers were repairing a leak on Bowman Avenue, about 500 feet from Voorhees Street, said water company Vice President Tom Bruns.

Bresee Tower owner pays up

DANVILLE – The owner of Bresee Tower has sent its portion of the money needed to pay for a structural survey necessary to lure a developer.

Earlier this year, Vermilion County officials and the Danville City Council agreed to each pay about $15,500 toward the cost to assess the building's terra cotta surface, contingent upon the participation of the owner.

House overrides budget veto

SPRINGFIELD – As expected, the Illinois House on Tuesday voted overwhelmingly to restore the vast majority of the governor's budget cuts, but a similar vote in the Senate is unlikely.

Senate President Emil Jones is still planning to block the override motion in his chamber, meaning Gov. Rod Blagojevich's budget reductions would stand.

Danville elementary school mourns extraordinary girl

DANVILLE – Staff and students at Northeast Elementary Magnet School are mourning the loss of Jenna McMillin, whose spirit and courage in spite of her illness inspired other students and adults who knew her.

"What she most wanted to be was just an ordinary little girl, yet she was one of the most extraordinary girls I've ever seen," said Kathy Houpt, principal at Northeast. "The fight she had in her ... it's hard to explain. She had so much courage and joy in life. It sounds like a cliche, but with her it was true."

C-U kids set to pound pavement

If you're driving around Champaign-Urbana on Wednesday morning, do so carefully.

Because many, many more little feet will be trodding the city streets come the 2007 International Walk to School Day. An estimated 4,500 students will be walking or bicyling to a local school on Wednesday, according to Rose Hudson, pedestrian and bike safety chair of Safe Kids Champaign County.

Remains found in rural Sadorus identified as Arnette

URBANA – Human remains found near Sadorus are those of Naomi Arnette, confirmed officials today.

"Dental records and other evidence confirm that the body found south of Sadorus is Naomi L. Arnette," said Champaign County Sheriff Dan Walsh and Coroner Duane Northrup in a press release.

Urbana wants more studies on neighborhood conservation

URBANA – Urbana aldermen aren't comfortable yet with the concept of neighborhood conservation districts.

So, after discussing the issue for more than an hour, the city council voted Monday night to table it until the Nov. 5 meeting.

Couple facing federal bank robbery charges

URBANA – A young Rantoul couple, who officials said had a baby in their getaway car, is being held on federal charges for robbing a Rantoul bank Friday.

Making their initial appearances Monday at U.S. District Court in Urbana on charges of armed bank robbery were Ahkeem J. Thomas, 19, and Krystal Brown, 18, both of 406 Marco Drive, Rantoul. Magistrate Judge David Bernthal ruled there is probable cause to proceed to a federal grand jury for both of them.

Two teens arrested in car theft

URBANA – Two teens were arrested by Urbana police for having a car stolen from a garage in Champaign.

Aaron Dix, 17, who listed an address in the 1600 block of North Mattis Avenue, Champaign, was arraigned Monday on a felony charge of possession of a stolen vehicle.

Restoration Urban Ministries selling properties to raise cash

For sale: One small working-class neighborhood. Tenants available. Some TLC required. Asking price: $1 million.

Five yellow-brick duplexes, four homes and an empty lot owned by Restoration Urban Ministries were put on the market this week to help the beleaguered agency raise much-needed cash.