Urbana roads to be rerouted for Beer and Chili Fest

URBANA – Traffic will be rerouted in downtown Urbana on Saturday during the Beer and Chili Fest.

Main Street between Broadway Avenue and Walnut Street and Broadway Avenue between Elm and Main streets will be closed from 6 a.m. Saturday until 1 a.m. Sunday. In addition, the east side of the ground floor level of the city parking deck will be closed from 5 a.m. Saturday until 1 a.m. Sunday.

600 marijuana plants seized from Ford County field

ROBERTS – One week after a rural Thawville couple were arrested for allegedly growing more than 2,000 cannabis plants in Iroquois County, another substantial marijuana-growing operation has been discovered, this time in Ford County.

Friday's seizure of nearly 600 cannabis plants from a farm field near Roberts was the largest Ford County Sheriff Mark Doran had seen in 19 years of law enforcement experience.

Champaign's National Night Out to be held in daylight

CHAMPAIGN – The city of Champaign will celebrate its annual National Night Out during the day this year.

Designed to heighten crime awareness and drug prevention activities, the event is also a chance to acknowledge the efforts of Neighborhood Watch groups and homeowners associations, which act as extra eyes and ears for authorities.

Man charged with armed robbery in Sunday incident

CHAMPAIGN – A Champaign man is being held at the Champaign County Jail in connection with an armed robbery that took place on Sunday.

Antoine Howard, 19, who listed an address on the 1200 block of West Beardsley Avenue, Champaign, pleaded innocent on Monday to one count of armed robbery, a Class X felony, and one count of aggravated discharge of a firearm, a Class 1 felony.

Champaign schools establishing equity committee

CHAMPAIGN – The Champaign school district is looking for community members to serve on a new equity committee.

The school board voted Monday to establish an "Education Equity Excellence" committee, as required by its proposed settlement agreement in its consent decree case. The board heard about administrative procedures to govern the new committee at its Monday meeting.

Hynes, Quinn to speak at fall dinner for Democrats

CHAMPAIGN – Both major Democratic candidates for governor – Gov. Pat Quinn and Comptroller Dan Hynes – are expected to speak at the Champaign County Democratic Party's fall dinner next month.

The event will begin at 5 p.m. Oct. 11 at the I Hotel and Conference Center, 1900 S. First St., C. Tickets are $40 in advance and $45 at the door.

Man with cerebral palsy talks about his PGA quest

DANVILLE – Last year, D.J. Gregory walked all 3,256 holes of the 2008 PGA tour.

On Monday, it was nine holes at Turtle Run Golf Course in Danville.

And while in town, the 30-year-old Savannah, Ga., man and author of "Walking with Friends" did what's he's done for much of his life: Inspire youth and adults alike to overcome obstacles, set goals and work hard to achieve them.

Senate OKs resolution to remove Herman, White

URBANA -- The Urbana faculty/student senate voted Monday to support an “orderly transition” removing President B. Joseph White and Chancellor Richard Herman from office, in a resolution that blamed them for an admissions scandal at the University of Illinois.

Man with knife robs Champaign store

CHAMPAIGN – Police are looking for a man who robbed a Champaign bread store Monday morning.

According to a Champaign police report, a man  walked into the Wonder Bread Store at 805 Bloomington Road at 9:55 a.m.

C-U crews restoring, repairing brick streets, sidewalks

Public works crews in Champaign and Urbana are hitting the bricks – a street in Champaign and sidewalks in Urbana.

City officials say it is more expensive – primarily because of labor costs – to maintain brick, rather than concrete, but council policies have designated some areas for preservation.