A couple from Indiana, who police say were traveling to stores in Illinois to get cold pills for making meth, had two problems.
One, some stores are already requiring photo identification for the purchase of pseudoephedrine products, as mandated by an Illinois law that doesn't officially take effect until Jan. 15.
SPRINGFIELD – An Ohio attorney asked the State Board of Elections on Thursday to investigate whether Republican candidate for governor Andy Martin actually lives in Illinois, but the request came two days too late.
"No action will be taken unless an objection is filed, and the objection period closed Tuesday," said Steve Sturm, legal counsel for the State Board of Elections.
CHAMPAIGN – University of Illinois officials are warning basketball fans to beware of counterfeit tickets being sold to UI games.
University of Illinois Deputy Police Chief Krystal Fitzpatrick said counterfeit tickets were discovered and seized Wednesday night at the Assembly Hall as the Illini hosted Southeast Missouri State.
CHAMPAIGN – Champaign-Urbana would have different dimensions today if the Green family had not started buying up farms decades ago.
Henry I. Green died Dec. 24 at 76 in his Champaign home. He was named for his grandfather, who went by H.I. Green, and was the most prominent local lawyer of his day. Decades ago, the family drove around the area on weekends, with the grandfather buying farms, some of which the grandson managed.
DANVILLE – After four years on dialysis and 17 months on a donor list, Karen Everts finally got a phone call telling her that she would get a healthy kidney, but the source wasn't exactly what she expected.
Her donor was a healthy stranger – a Good Samaritan donor.
MAHOMET– When Jared Isaac was 16 years old, a car that he was driving spun off the road and crashed into a culvert.
"It was a little scary," Isaac said. "I was an inexperienced driver, and I was driving to school on a country road. It was a wet, snowy day. I passed a car and overcorrected and crashed into a culvert."
URBANA – In March 2004, Jessica Culp was divorced, raising two children and looking for work.
She had recently completed her bachelor's degree from the University of Illinois at Springfield, and a temporary, part-time job recruiting volunteers for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, which paid her $8 an hour, had just ended. Culp was trying to hang on financially until she started a fellowship in May, but she was charging everything, including groceries.
SPRINGFIELD – Beginning Jan. 1, thousands more Illinois parents will be eligible for health coverage, thanks to an expansion of the state's FamilyCare insurance program.
FamilyCare offers health care coverage, including dental care, to parents living with their children 18 years old or younger and to relatives who are serving as legal guardians in place of a child's parents.
CHAMPAIGN – When customers wander into her new home furnishings store called Maggie's Place, they often ask co-owner Diane Beckett, "Are you Maggie?"
"I say, 'No, she's not here,'" Beckett says. "'She's a friend of ours who passed away.'"
SPRINGFIELD – While the number of abortions performed in Illinois hit a 30-year-low in 2004, there was an increase that year in Champaign and Coles counties, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health.
The department released its 2004 abortion statistics last week, including figures for each county where more than 50 abortions were performed. Locally, those counties included Vermilion, Champaign and Coles.