Fire damages vacant house in Champaign

CHAMPAIGN — Fire heavily damaged a vacant home in north Champaign late Monday night.

A man believed to be trespassing got out safely, according to Champaign Fire department spokeswoman Dena Schumacher.

Company launches free recycling of household electronics

CHAMPAIGN – A long-time recycler of scrap iron and metal will now be accepting household electronics for recycling.

Tom Falender, spokesman for Mervis Industries, said three Mervis outlets in Central Illinois will begin accepting electronics this week at no charge.

Champaign candidates can pass petitions starting Monday

URBANA – Candidates for municipal office in the city of Champaign can begin circulating petitions next Monday, according to Champaign County Clerk Mark Shelden.

The possible Feb. 22 municipal primary could include races for mayor, for the three at-large council seats and for a two-year term in District 5.

There will be no municipal races in Urbana next spring.

Urbana schools start early to end early

URBANA – Jeremy Loui's summer is coming to an end a little earlier than usual this year.

The Urbana High School senior will be back in school this week, a week earlier than last year.

Union to protest over salaries on UI move-in day

URBANA – Members and supporters of Service Employees International Union Local 73 will rally on move-in day at the University of Illinois.

The "Chop from the top!" rally will be Thursday at noon. Participants are urged to gather at 11:45 a.m. at 1001 College Court, between the Florida Avenue and the Pennsylvania Avenue residence halls.

State law prevents another strip club at Malibu Bay site

URBANA – It appears that Champaign County is down to one strip club.

The former Malibu Bay Lounge at 3106 N. Cunningham Ave. in rural Urbana, closed last spring.

Chanute museum members prepared to install new board

RANTOUL – Chanute Air Museum members expect to elect a new board of directors at an emergency meeting Saturday, after nearly the entire board resigned last month.

The process is a vital one for an entity in dire need of financial aid and direction.

Credit union had most readable user agreement

CHAMPAIGN – The University of Illinois Employees Credit Union was recently cited by as having the most readable credit card agreement of more than 1,200 examined.

Credit union takes over UI alumni credit card deal

CHAMPAIGN – The University of Illinois Employees Credit Union has snagged the potential to get thousands of new credit-card customers, thanks to a deal with the UI Alumni Association.