University of Illinois Convocation Ceremonies 2011


College, school and departmental convocation ceremonies take place across University of Illinois campus in Champaign/Urbana, Ill on Saturday, May 14, 2011. Campuswide Commencement takes place on Sunday, May 15, 2011. 

CIB, Centrue show smaller losses than prior year

CIB Marine Bancshares and Centrue Financial Corp. each reported Friday that their first-quarter net losses were significantly smaller than a year ago.

CIB Marine Bancshares — the parent company of Central Illinois Bank — said its net loss was $1.3 million, down from $2.4 million during the first quarter of 2010.

Urbana council to consider new hotel fee

URBANA — Council members Monday night will be asked to approve a new hotel and motel licensing fee, to annex 13 parcels in east Urbana and to oppose any delays or cuts in getting the city's share of the state's income tax proceeds.

Downtown Danville being hit with graffiti

DANVILLE — Someone seems to be leaving their signature in the greater downtown area -- even more so in recent weeks.

It's especially hard not to notice the number of similar markings turning up in the north-south alley between Vermilion and Hazel streets, different versions of the same caricature, usually a profile painted with black spray paint.

Work starts Monday on U.S. 45 from Savoy to Tolono

SAVOY — Work on resurfacing U.S. 45 through Savoy to the north edge of Tolono is set to begin Monday.

The Illinois Department of Transportation said the work includes 5.3 miles of pavement patching, milling and resurfacing of U.S. 45 from Curtis Road in Savoy south to Deerpath Drive in Tolono. It is expected to be done in September.

Parkland College Graduation 2011

Photos from Parkland College's Forty-Fourth Commencement at Krannert Center on the UI campus in Urbana Friday evening May 13, 2011. 

Cash Advance store robbed in Champaign

UPDATED: 4:40 p.m.

CHAMPAIGN — An armed robber struck a University Avenue business at 3:20 p.m., then ran south toward Springfield Avenue.

The Advance America store at 505 E. University Ave. was robbed by a man with a handgun, who may have dropped some ammunition when he fled, Police Chief R.T. Finney said.

Rantoul couple charged in drug investigation

URBANA — A Rantoul man found in possession of guns and drugs was charged Friday with armed violence and drug-related charges while his girlfriend was charged with weapons violations.

Rantoul police Sgt. Marcus Beach said police had a search warrant for the home of John L. Jenkins at 429 S. Steffler, Rantoul, as a result of an ongoing drug investigation.

Champaign narrows school chief search firm options

CHAMPAIGN — The Champaign school district has narrowed the possible candidates for both an interim superintendent and a search firm to help find a permanent superintendent.

UI police seek second person in dorm burglary

URBANA — University of Illinois police are still looking for a second person believed to have been in a student's dorm room last month intending to steal.