Homeless advocate group still seeking volunteers for survey

     The leader of a Champaign homeless advocate group says she's still in need of volunteers for a survey to be conducted around the city next week.

Frost advisory issued for Friday morning

     The National Weather Service has issued a frost advisory for the following counties, in effect from 1 a.m. until 8 a.m. Friday:  McLean, DeWitt, Piatt, Macon, Moultrie, and Shelby.

UI football player sentenced to court supervision in DUI

URBANA — A University of Illinois football player was sentenced Thursday to court supervision for driving under the influence of alcohol.

Proposed garbage rate increase narrowly defeated

DANVILLE — Danville aldermen narrowly defeated a plan to increase monthly garbage rates over the next five years.

The 6-7 vote defeating the rate hikes came after more than an hour of discussion Tuesday that culminated in a shouting match between Mayor Scott Eisenhauer and Alderman Bill Black, Ward 7.

Associate dean takes spot with UI board

URBANA — A longtime associate dean in the University of Illinois College of Medicine will be the new secretary of the UI Board of Trustees, replacing Michele Thompson, who is retiring.

New store to open Friday as Danville mall anchor

DANVILLE — The new anchor store at the Village Mall, Dunham's Sports, will open for business on Friday following a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

'New normal' means local service providers must get creative to cover bills

CHAMPAIGN — As chief executive officer of the Alan G. Ryle Cos., Sherry Newton oversees three businesses operating 30 group homes across Illinois for people with disabilities.

Almost 95 percent of the firm's revenue comes from the state, which currently owes Newton nearly $4 million — past-due bills from July, August and September.

Reports to police

In crimes reported to area police:


— 200 block of East Green Street: Two men battered by three men about 12:10 a.m. Tuesday.

— 1000 block of Hadley Drive: Aerator stolen from yard Friday located at Urbana recycling business Tuesday.

— 0-100 block of Normandy: Computer stolen Monday from unlocked residence.

Catlin sidewalk study continues

CATLIN — Village engineers are continuing their preliminary assessment of a proposal to extend a sidewalk to the Dollar General store on the Catlin-Tilton Road.

The current sidewalk on the northeast part of Catlin only goes as far as North Street. It is more than a quarter-mile from the new store.

Company withdraws cell tower proposal in Champaign

CHAMPAIGN — T-Mobile has withdrawn a proposal to erect a cell tower near Carrie Busey Elementary school in south-central Champaign.

In a letter to Champaign officials on Wednesday, a consultant representing T-Mobile said the company has changed its mind after discussing the plan for about a year and a half.