Former newspaper employee sentenced for theft from company

URBANA -- A former News-Gazette employee who admitted stealing from the newspaper has been sentenced to two years of conditional discharge and ordered to repay the company.

Walter Pierce, 56, who listed an address in the 3000 block of Stillwater Landing, Urbana, pleaded guilty recently before Champaign County Judge Harry Clem to theft over $300.

Warrants issued for Ramoses

URBANA — Warrants have been issued for the arrest of the caretakers of a northern Champaign County apartment complex after they failed to appear in court on Thursday.

Fire inside Plastipak quickly put out

CHAMPAIGN - A fire on a line caused the evacuation of the Plastipak Packaging plant in west Champaign Thursday morning.

Eastern Prairie Fire Protection District Lt. John Bell credited sprinklers and recent training by firefighters and Plastipak employees for minimizing what could have been a more serious situation.

Changes ahead for Champaign restaurant

CHAMPAIGN -- Changes are coming to downtown Champaign restaurant Jim Gould.

Grant at UI to help fund obesity fight

URBANA --The University of Illinois has received a five-year, $4.5 million grant to train future leaders in the war on childhood obesity.

Redistricting commission's next step: 3 new maps

URBANA — Members of Champaign County's special redistricting commission decided Wednesday to forward up to three map plans to the county board in their next round of proposals.

Report details days before Vermilion County police confrontation

DANVILLE -- Just days before Michael Brandel was shot by police, his father tried to convince him to check into a mental hospital because he was in a manic state, according to an Illinois State Police investigation.

Water main improvements planned in Champaign, St. Joseph

CHAMPAIGN -- Illinois American Water will spend $1.6 million on water main improvements in Champaign and St. Joseph this month, the company announced.

Projects will include the completion of water main connections and relocations in conjunction with storm sewer projects, plus a water main replacement of more than 1.2 miles.

Redistricting panel, consultant proposed for Urbana schools

URBANA -- The Urbana school district should form a committee of school and community members to do redistricting for its elementary schools, but it should hire an outside expert to help look at demographic and other data.

UI scraps Urbana wind turbine in wake of costs, opposition

URBANA -- After more than seven years of wavering, University of Illinois officials have decided to kill a proposal to build a 400-foot wind turbine just south of the city limits.