Hoopeston teen paralyzed after rollover accident

HOOPESTON – Terri Prather was getting ready for bed when she got the call no parent wants to receive.

She got in her car and drove down a country road, hoping her 18-year-old son, Tyler Prather, had only had a fender-bender.

Proposal would boost income cap for coverage

SPRINGFIELD – Illinois should do more to help seniors pay for their prescriptions, said state Rep. Chapin Rose, R-Mahomet.

"Our state programs do a pretty good job of providing assistance for low income seniors not covered by Medicare Part D, but there are still seniors falling through the cracks who need help," Rose said. "We need to fill in those coverage gaps."

Fog-bound stretch blamed for crashes

OAKWOOD – Dense fog was the main culprit in several accidents Wednesday morning on Catlin-Homer Road near Oakwood.

At about 8:18 a.m., one vehicle rear-ended another in the westbound lane of Catlin-Homer Road near the intersection with Oakwood Road, according to Vermilion County Sheriff's Sgt. Dennis Wood. He said visibility was about zero because of the fog.

Surgery center prospects in doubt

SPRINGFIELD – Plans to build two new outpatient surgery centers in Champaign-Urbana are uncertain, after both projects received setbacks at a state hearing in Springfield on Wednesday.

The Illinois Health Facilities Planning Board issued "intent to deny" rulings for both the surgery center Christie Clinic wants to build at its future campus in northwest Champaign and for the surgery center planned by LeRoy-based physician and surgery center developer Dr. Tom Pliura on North Lincoln Avenue in Urbana.

Apparel items with logo flying off shelves

Thousands of Chief supporters may have threatened to withhold donations to the University of Illinois, but they haven't stopped stocking up on Chief merchandise.

Men continue fight to preserve UI tradition in some form

CHAMPAIGN – A group of men who once portrayed Chief Illiniwek gathered a few hours before Wednesday's basketball game to say they are not through working to try to preserve the Chief tradition in some form.

UI's Smith posts bond; arraignment set for Friday

URBANA – Jamar Smith, the University of Illinois basketball player accused of being intoxicated, crashing into a tree and then leaving the scene of the accident with an injured teammate, will be arraigned Friday on felony charges.

Smith, a 19-year-old sophomore from Peoria, left the team last week in the wake of the Feb. 12 crash that left Brian Carlwell, 19, of Maywood severely injured with a concussion. Carlwell was hospitalized until Friday but appeared at the UI home game Sunday.

Smokefree alliance endorses four

CHAMPAIGN – The C-U Smokefree Alliance says four of the nine primary candidates for at-large city council seats have signed a pledge indicating they would not vote to weaken or repeal the city's current indoor smoking ban.

The candidates receiving the group's endorsement are incumbents Tom Bruno and Giraldo Rosales and newcomers Patricia Avery and Annette Williams.

Deadlines for absentee voting approaching

URBANA – Thursday is the deadline for the Champaign County clerk's office to mail out absentee ballots for the Feb. 27 primary for Champaign City Council.

Nine candidates are vying for three council seats, and the primary will whittle the number of candidates to six.

Champaign City Council backs M2 project

CHAMPAIGN – The city council gave final approval Tuesday night to a development agreement and plan for the M2 on Neil project, with five council members defending the millions of dollars in incentives the city has agreed to provide.

The $30 million building would be a nine-story mixed-use development with retail, office space and 50 condominiums. It would be located at the northwest corner of Neil and Church streets.

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