UI meeting doesn't assuage parents' safety concerns

URBANA – It wasn't exactly an uplifting Dad's Day on Saturday for some on the University of Illinois campus.

After watching a defeat on the football field at Memorial Stadium, many parents made their way to the Illini Union, where administrators attempted to assuage their concerns about safety on campus in the face of a crime spike this fall.

It's Your Business: Derald's Diner open in Campustown

If you have a hankering for a fish sandwich from one of Derald's food trucks on campus, you no longer have to wait until Fridays.

Weibel to seek 3rd term as county board chairman

URBANA -- C. Pius Weibel, chairman of the Champaign County Board since 2006, said Friday he would seek a third term.

Weibel, a Champaign Democrat, said he had considered not running again.

Champaign house fire under investigation

CHAMPAIGN - Five occupants of a northwest Champaign home that caught fire Friday evening safely got out. 

Champaign fire department spokeswoman Dena Schumacher said firefighters are trying to figure out what caused the fire on the outside of Ruthie McFarland's home at 1604 Sheffield Road. Firefighters were called to the bi-level wood-frame house at 5:30 p.m.

Far-flung fans follow Danville Vikings

DANVILLE – The hottest ticket in town Saturday may be a seat in Mrs. Rachel Brown's classroom at Danville High School.

It's not for admission to her math class, but for a bird's-eye view of Ned Whitesell football field, where the undefeated Danville Viking football team will take on the Crete Monee Warriors in a 6A state playoff game at 3 p.m. Saturday.

Urbana officials seek nuisance foreclosure powers

URBANA – City administrators are hoping the city council next week gives them the power to file for foreclosure on properties whose owners rack up thousands of dollars in unpaid maintenance bills.

The city council will discuss the new authority when it meets at 7 p.m. Monday in the Urbana City Building, 400 S. Vine St.

Rebranding of Harper Oil stores to begin soon

ANKENY, Iowa – Casey's General Stores Inc. expects next week to begin rebranding 19 convenience stores the company purchased under an agreement with Harper Oil Co. – including Harper Oil stores in Paxton and Gibson City.

Home sales fall in Champaign County

CHAMPAIGN – Pekin attorney Jason Proehl had no qualms about buying a second house in Champaign this fall, even though he has no plans to live here.

Proehl, who got a bachelor's degree from the University of Illinois in 2000, recently bought a two-bedroom home at 1005 S. Prairie St., for about $84,000. He hopes to lease it to a graduate student or medical student.

Gearhead: Norman Comer

Norman  Comer, a founding member of the Illini Collector Car Club has a beauty of a 1940 Mercury convertible sedan he still drives sometimes.

UI student reports peeping Tom in shower

URBANA – University of Illinois police have received another report of a man trying to look at a woman in a compromising position on campus.

Lt. Roy Acree said about 2:20 p.m. Tuesday, a female student was in the shower of a third-floor restroom at Allen Hall, 1005 W. Gregory Drive, U, when she heard someone in the shower stall next to her.