Months after fire next door, JR's Lounge back in business

VILLA GROVE — It took more than four months, but a Villa Grove bar and restaurant is back in business after suffering smoke and water damage from an August fire.

JR's Lounge reopened this week at 18 S. Main St., to the delight of customers who frequented the place for 29 years.

Clinton plant back on line after refueling

CLINTON — The Clinton nuclear generating station, located about 35 miles west of Champaign, has completed its latest refueling outage in just 23 days and 22 hours.

Mild December light on snow removal budgets

CHAMPAIGN — Not only is a mild December in Champaign-Urbana leaving roads relatively clear of snow and ice, but if the trend continues, it could mean big savings for both cities' budgets.

Northbound lane of Fourth Street to be closed

CHAMPAIGN — A northbound lane of Fourth Street just south of Green Street will be closed for up to a week while crews restore the pavement after a water main break.

The closure begins Wednesday, and traffic will be shifted to a center turn lane, according to a news release from Illinois American Water.

Weather permitting, the lane will reopen Jan. 3.

Murder charges filed against Danville man

DANVILLE — The Vermilion County State's Attorney's office filed formal charges of murder Tuesday against Michael Gibbs in connection with the death of his mother who was found dead in her apartment on Christmas Day.

Danville man pleads innocent to armed robbery

URBANA — A Danville man is being held at the Champaign County Jail following his arrest in connection with an armed robbery at an Urbana home.

Christopher A. Mitchell, 24, who listed an address in the 1000 block of Clay Street, Danville, pleaded innocent on Tuesday to felony armed robbery.

A life remembered: UI law professor 'turned it up to 11 on everything'

CHAMPAIGN — Friends and colleagues of Larry Ribstein say they'll remember him as a first-rate legal scholar and original thinker who enjoyed debate and was an expert in business law.

They also recall him as a generous person who was a gifted photographer and an authority on movies and the law.

Danville woman's son held as suspect in her death

DANVILLE — When Ethel Gibbs didn't come to church on Sunday, her cousin Carol Danbury knew something was wrong.

Mrs. Gibbs, 84, never missed services at First Baptist Church, 1211 N. Vermilion St., Danville.

Polling places to change for 10% of Champaign County voters

URBANA — Almost 10 percent of Champaign County voters will be casting their ballots at a different polling place next March 20 and Nov. 6, according to County Clerk Gordy Hulten.

The Champaign County Board earlier this month approved a revised listing of polling places that will go into effect with the March primary election.

Danville man arrested in elderly woman's murder

DANVILLE — Police have arrested a 44-year-old Danville man in the murder of an 84-year-old female relative who was found dead in her apartment Christmas Day.

Michael T. Gibbs was arrested late Sunday afternoon on preliminary charges of murder in the death of Ethel E. Gibbs, according to Danville police.