Illinois hospitals feeling pain in recession

SPRINGFIELD – The recession is making Illinois hospitals sick, and the medicine they need is cash.

Three-quarters of the state's hospitals are treating increasing numbers of uninsured patients, and just more than half are seeing decreases in admissions, particularly for elective procedures people can delay, according to the Illinois State Hospital Association.

Uni High chess team takes top honors

URBANA – They liked winning state so much, Uni chess players decided to go to the nationals.

And University Laboratory High School won that competition, too, besting 26 teams.

Church sends tasty message to Allerton residents

ALLERTON – Ham was on every dinner table in Allerton this month.

Members of the only church in town – Allerton United Methodist – bought 3-pound hams and delivered them to everyone in town.

Man acquitted of sexual assault

URBANA – A Champaign County jury this week acquitted a former Champaign man of sexually assaulting a woman.

Michael S. Jackson, 24, who formerly lived in the 1800 block of Summit Ridge Road and was located in Indiana last November, had been charged with two counts of criminal sexual assault for a Sept. 19, 2007, incident involving a then-18-year-old woman.

Nurse assistant accused of abuse at county nursing home

URBANA – A Champaign County nursing home employee accused of hitting a resident suffering from Alzheimer's disease is due back in court May 19.

Sharoia D. Hill, 28, of Danville, was arraigned Thursday in Champaign County Circuit Court on two counts of aggravated battery, alleging that on Wednesday evening she struck an 87-year-old man in the face with a fist while she was working.

Middle Fork River OK for boaters, state says

DANVILLE – People once again can launch their boats on the Middle Fork of the Vermilion River.

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources lifted its ban on recreational boating on the river after officials with the department and the Vermilion County Emergency Management Agency determined that conditions were safe.

Fire breaks out in Tolono trailer park

TOLONO – Firefighters rushed to the scene of a fire at the Oaks mobile home park in Tolono at about 7:50 p.m.

A trailer home was said to be fully involved, but that everyone was out of the dwelling.

No MTD service planned this Sunday

CHAMPAIGN - There will be no mass transit service this Sunday in Champaign-Urbana.

Jan Kijowski of the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District said there will be no MTD service on Sunday in observance of the Easter holiday. MTD service will resume on Monday.

Prepare for Illinois Marathon to disrupt local traffic

Saturday will not be a good day to go sightseeing in the center of Champaign-Urbana.

You will encounter closed streets, volunteers at barricades, dozens of police, fire and public works personnel and more than 9,000 runners in the inaugural Illinois Marathon. (About 1,900 people will be running the full marathon, more than 4,000 in the half marathon, 2,200 running a 5K race, 200 teams of four-member marathon relays and about 300 participating in a youth run).

Top priority for new Tolono president: Better communication

TOLONO – The new village president-elect said voters were dissatisfied with the way the village has handled its finances, so they voted for a change.

Village board member Kent Plackett received 77.7 percent of the vote to defeat one-term incumbent Greg Cler.