Group seeking support for state law allowing concealed-carry in Illinois

CHAMPAIGN – Valinda Rowe of Carmi said she got a gun after a man with mental illness began sending death threat letters to her family and began killing small animals and hanging them around her home.

"It made me passionate about the right to protect myself," Rowe said.

Danville study will determine source, extent of higher traffic on northeast side

DANVILLE - Tim Cox doesn't need an engineering analysis to know that there's a lot more traffic driving by his home on Michigan Avenue between Voorhees Street and Winter Avenue.

During the noon hour recently, the lifelong resident of the area was sitting on his porch and said he counted 46 vehicles in a five-minute period.

Event planned to increase interest in flying, Paxton airport

PAXTON – A group of local pilots, affiliated with the Experimental Aircraft Association, will sponsor a fly-in, drive-in at the municipal airport on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Champaign school board member seeks committee to study behavior, attendance, school climate

CHAMPAIGN – A Champaign school board member wants to establish a special board committee to look at issues of school climate, student behavior and attendance.

Tommy Lockman suggested to the board at its Monday meeting that the board establish a committee on Cultivating Ownership, Responsibility and Expectations, or CORE.

Second session set for work with artificial stone for plant containers

DANVILLE – Due to the overflow of people wanting to learn about hypertufa, a second session is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. July 20 at the Vermilion County Extension office, 12190 U.S. 150, west of Danville.

Quinn signs bill banning taxpayer money for portrait of Blagojevich

SPRINGFIELD – Legislation that will keep Illinois taxpayers from paying for a portrait of a governor who was impeached and removed from office was signed Sunday by Gov. Pat Quinn.

Champaign school board member: President bypassed policy on superintendent complaint

CHAMPAIGN – The Champaign school board failed to follow board policy in dealing with a complaint against the superintendent, according to a school board member.

Board member Greg Novak spoke at Monday's board meeting about the way the complaint was handled.

Urbana will continue discussion about gas tax

URBANA – City council members are going to continue discussions about a proposed local motor fuels tax in Urbana.

Urbana Mayor Laurel Prussing is pushing for a tax rate of 2 cents per gallon. City officials say the local share of the state fuel tax is not keeping up with the rising cost of road work, which that tax pays for.

Man arrested for burglary over cash advance at Busey

URBANA — Bond has been set at $75,000 for a man arrested for burglary at a Champaign bank.

Timothy R. Edwards, 39, who listed addresses in Sacramento, Calif., and Champaign, pleaded innocent Monday to one count of burglary.