Urbana man injured after hitting state police vehicle

CHAMPAIGN – An Urbana man was injured Tuesday afternoon when his pickup truck hit the rear end of a stopped state police car on Interstate 74.

State police at Pesotum said Trooper Travis Heck had stopped his squad car in the eastbound passing lane of I-74 just west of Prospect Avenue at 4:30 p.m. to pick up tire debris on the roadway. He was out of the car and had his emergency overhead lights on.

Customers' information compromised

SPRINGFIELD – Anyone who bought or returned items at any T.J. Maxx, HomeGoods, Marshalls or A.J. Wright store in recent years should keep a close eye on their billing statements and credit reports, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan warned on Tuesday.

TJX Companies Inc., operator of all four retailers, has confirmed that its customer information database was hacked, affecting customers who shopped there during 2003, 2004 or 2006.

Hiller to serve four more years on Monticello City Council

MONTICELLO – Kevin Hiller grinned from ear to ear as he learned Tuesday night he will get to serve another four years on the Monticello City Council.

Hiller defeated Chad McFarland 95 to 80 to win the Republican primary for the Monticello City Council in Ward 2, which includes the southeast quadrant of the city.

Ward 6 race enjoys best voter turnout in Danville

DANVILLE – The soon-to-be vacant seat of Ward 6 Alderman Keith Souza may have encouraged voter turnout in that area during Tuesday's primary election.

Of the three contested city council races, two Ward 6 contenders nabbed the most votes of any candidate – with 257 votes between them. Those votes accounted for 47 percent of the 548 votes collected Tuesday, including absentee and early voting ballots.

Smoking ban, partisan politics factors in Champaign election

CHAMPAIGN – The indoor smoking ban was clearly was an issue in Tuesday's city council primary, but it didn't play out cleanly.

At least one council candidate said he believes partisan politics was a bigger factor, with candidates with Republican ties taking the top three spots.

Budget talks center on police, street changes

DANVILLE – Finance subcommittee members began discussing changes to the proposed 2007-08 budget Tuesday night, including whether to add a few more officers to the police department.

Ward 7 Alderman Steve Foster also suggested that officials research the possibility of privatizing the police department.

Mother of soldier killed in Iraq to speak Thursday

CHAMPAIGN – Iraq war protester Cindy Sheehan will speak about "Changing the World: Students Bonding Over Common Ideals" at 7 p.m. Thursday in 228 Natural History Building.

Sheehan is one of the nine founding members of Gold Star Families for Peace, an organization created in 2005 to seek an end to the occupation of Iraq and provide support for families of fallen soldiers.

Former Urbana teacher arrested on McLean County charges

URBANA – Former Urbana grade school teacher Jon White, accused of molesting students in Urbana since 2005, was arrested Tuesday on new charges filed by McLean County authorities.

The 26-year-old Normal man, formerly a second-grade teacher at Thomas Paine school, 1801 James Cherry Drive, U, arrived at the Champaign County Courthouse about noon Tuesday, well ahead of his 3:15 p.m. court appearance, to be arraigned on a 16-count indictment returned last Thursday by the grand jury.

Two Urbana men face drug charges

URBANA – Two Urbana men are accused in separate cases of having drugs at a dance at the Illini Union early Saturday.

Artheal R. Hollins, 20, who listed an address in the 500 block of West Michigan Avenue, Urbana, was arraigned and pleaded innocent Monday on a Class X felony charge of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance. Bond was continued, as set over the weekend, at $10,000. He is due to return to court for a pretrial hearing April 17.

20-year-old charged after shots ring out outside nightclub

DANVILLE – A 20-year-old Danville man on probation was arrested over the weekend for a shooting outside a local nightclub that injured another 20-year-old.

Edward Woodfork was arrested on preliminary charges of unlawful use of a weapon by a felon, according to Larry Thomason, spokesman for the Danville police department.

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