Man faces up to 30 years for spitting on officer

URBANA -- A Champaign man convicted of aggravated battery for spitting on a correctional officer faces up to 30 years in prison.

Refugee Center faces budget cut

URBANA -- About 2,600 people each year call on Anh Ha Ho and her colleagues with questions about schools, taxes, housing, jobs, medical care you name it. And most of them don't speak much English.

The East Central Illinois Refugee Mutual Assistance Center functions as a mini-social services agency, helping immigrants and refugees adjust to life in Champaign County.

Board recommends nursing home contract extension

URBANA -- An advisory board has recommended that Champaign County extend a private management agreement for operation of the Champaign County Nursing Home for at least three more years.

The county board will consider a new contract with Management Performance Associates of Chesterfield, Mo., at its May meeting.

Utilities seek annual rate hikes from state

SPRINGFIELD -- Executives with Illinois' two biggest utility companies say annual rate increases that would be reviewed after the fact by the Illinois Commerce Commission would be more than offset by benefits to customers.

Danville hopes for golf solution this year

DANVILLE -- City officials hope to find a long-term solution to the operation of Harrison Park Golf Course this year.

In the meantime, city workers will be filling in, after the new golf course operator terminated his agreement with the city.

Danville school board to vote on warehouse repairs

DANVILLE -- Now that renovation on South View Middle School is off to a good start, Danville school officials once again are turning their attention to repairing the district's warehouse.

Champaign Central decision now likely in the fall

CHAMPAIGN -- A decision on buying land as a possible site for a new Central High School will likely be made in the fall.

The district's facility committee will be analyzing the options for Central, beginning this summer.

Museum director uses U.S. flag as distress signal

DANVILLE -- Chris Perrault likes to take photos. So when he was out for a walk Monday morning and noticed the American flag at the Vermilion County War Museum flying upside down, he took a picture.

No need for pension panic, UI prof tells state workers

URBANA -- Even with a somewhat grim pension outlook, University of Illinois employees don't need to make decisions in a panic, or even hurriedly.

That's what UI Professor J. Fred Giertz told an overflow crowd of state workers Monday at the Alice Campbell Alumni Center in Urbana.

Hoopeston wind farm on hold

DANVILLE -- The company planning the Hoopeston Wind Project in northern Vermilion County has put off its plans to build more than 40 wind turbines mainly because transmission lines in the area need to be upgraded first, according to Vermilion County officials.