Urbana mayor wants to abandon $66,000 'Urbanastand'

URBANA – The mayor of Urbana has suggested dumping the controversial "Urbanastand," a $66,000 newspaper rack and artwork that had been proposed for the corner of Broadway Avenue and Elm Street at the Champaign County Courthouse.

Plea wraps up St. Joseph home invasion case

URBANA – The last of four men charged with a violent home invasion in St. Joseph a year ago has pleaded guilty.

Isiah Evans, 20, who listed an address in the 2000 block of North Moreland Boulevard, Champaign, will be sentenced in October for his role in the attack on Robert and Diane Rigdon in their home on Locust Drive in St. Joseph on May 1, 2008. He faces six to 30 years in prison.

UI's future, leadership top priorities for new trustees

URBANA – There will be no avoiding the elephant in the room next week.

When the new University of Illinois trustees meet for the first time as a board on Thursday, the group is expected to confront the admissions scandal that rocked the campus, the state and the alumni community and culminated with a state commission that not only called on trustees to resign but acknowledged public trust in the university and its admissions process has eroded.

Autopsy inconclusive; police seek info on Urbana death

URBANA — An autopsy done on an Urbana man found dead in his home Thursday morning was inconclusive as to how the man died.

Ex-employee ordered to repay Rantoul almost $10,000

URBANA — A former Rantoul employee who admitted stealing from the village has been ordered to repay several thousand dollars to the village.

Jury convicts Rantoul man in murder of neighbor

URBANA — A Rantoul man faces 20 to 60 years in prison after being convicted of the first-degree murder of his neighbor.

Final man pleads guilty in St. Joseph home invasion

URBANA — The last of four men charged with a violent home invasion in St. Joseph a year ago has pleaded guilty.

Gas leak in south Champaign under control

CHAMPAIGN — A gas leak on Bel-Air Court on the south side of Windsor Road was quickly shut off early Friday afternoon.

A person pulling out of a driveway on Bel-Air Court around 12:30 p.m. apparently ran into the neighbor's house, causing the leak.

Governor names new trustees for University of Illinois

Governor Pat Quinn on Friday morning named new members of the University of Illinois board of trustees.

Man's acts against ex-girlfriend, family bring prison term

URBANA — A Blue Mound man convicted of aggressive acts aimed at his ex-girlfriend and her family has been sentenced to five years in prison.