URBANA – A man convicted of murder for being the lookout in the brutal killing of a Champaign woman in 2003 has a chance at a new trial.
Champaign County Judge Harry Clem Wednesday ruled that the attorney who defended William Lee, 20, of Champaign, against charges that he participated in the July 1, 2003, murder of Helen Melchi, 84, should have asked a judge to suppress statements Lee made to police implicating himself.
CHAMPAIGN – Preliminary autopsy results show a Danville man whose truck crashed into a Champaign apartment building on Tuesday died of a heart attack.
John Henderson Jr., 58, was pronounced dead at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana, at 5:52 p.m. Tuesday, according to the Champaign County coroner's office.
URBANA – The plan to renovate Lincoln Hall on the University of Illinois Quad will ruin one of the most important historic structures on campus, according to a preservation organization.
The Landmarks Preservation Council of Illinois on Wednesday named Lincoln Hall as one of the Ten Most Endangered Historic Places in Illinois for 2005.
Step aside, purple and pink. Champaign's fashionistas say orange is the color this season.
T-shirts celebrating the Illini's No. 1 status, the 100th anniversary of Illinois basketball and the Big Ten championship are a wardrobe staple for any well-dressed basketball fan, according to sales trends. But there's only one fashion rule to remember: Wear orange.
SPRINGFIELD – A bill Savoy officials sought to prevent forced annexation by the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District narrowly failed in a House committee on Wednesday.
State Rep. Chapin Rose, R-Mahomet, said he had no doubt that if the bill did not pass, about 3,600 Savoy residents would end up stuck with higher property taxes to pay for a service they did not ask for and did not want.
SPRINGFIELD – Champaign County Clerk Mark Shelden's court battle to withhold voter phone numbers from a statewide voter registration database is now a subject of debate in the Illinois House.
Shelden first announced in 2002 that he would no longer keep track of voter phone numbers in his electronic files, and would delete all of those already in the system.
CHAMPAIGN – The sign outside Bottenfield School sums up the situation in Champaign schools this week.
"ISAT begins 3/8," it reads. "Eat. Sleep. Be on time."
CHAMPAIGN – Just back from Iraq, Marine Mike Larsen is delighting in American food and a renewed sense of privacy.
There's not much Lance Cpl. Larsen misses about Iraq, given that people fired mortars in his general direction.
Remember diesel cars in the '70s and '80s? Those loud, smoky, smelly things that were hard to start on cold mornings?
Meet the new diesel.
CHAMPAIGN – A Danville truck driver was killed as a result of his flatbed truck crashing into a Champaign apartment building Tuesday evening.
John Henderson Jr., 58, was pronounced dead at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana, at 5:52 p.m. Tuesday, according to the Champaign County coroner's office. The circumstances surrounding his death are still under investigation and an autopsy was to be conducted today.