Champaign police getting funds to fight sexual predators

CHAMPAIGN – The Champaign Police Department is one of eight Illinois police agencies to benefit from a federal grant intended to prosecute child sexual predators.

The $496,732 grant comes the Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, or COPS, and will be shared equally by the Champaign, Bloomington, Decatur, Mattoon, Moline, Peoria and Quincy police departments and the Peoria County sheriff's office.

Police issue 83 alcohol-related citations

CHAMPAIGN – Illinois State Police and Champaign police handed out 83 alcohol-related citations over the last two weekends in the University of Illinois Campustown area.

"Operation Campus/Tap" details on Sept. 26 and Oct. 2 resulted in 80 citations for possession or purchase of alcohol by minors, one for unlawful use of identification and two for possession of alcohol on public property.

Board to look at liquor license limits in Vermilion County

DANVILLE – Vermilion County officials plan to discuss limiting the total number of liquor licenses in the county and whether to establish an earlier closing time for businesses that sell alcohol.

Official changes his tune on size of Champaign board

URBANA – In a surprising reversal, the chairman of the Champaign County Board's policy committee now says he supports reducing the size of the board from 27 members to 13, 15 or 17 members.

Speeding program in Danville nets 1,967 citations

DANVILLE – The Danville Police Department recently completed its Speed Enforcement Program funded by the Illinois Department of Transportation.

The program consisted of six one-month campaigns by off-duty officers working on overtime and was aimed at reducing the number of serious-injury and fatal accidents through strict enforcement of speed limits in target areas.

Warning issued about questionable vendors

URBANA – The Champaign County sheriff's office is warning the public about transient vendors who have been visiting businesses and rural homes trying to sell generators, air compressors, trash pumps and other items.

Champaign County Sheriff Dan Walsh issued a press release on Monday saying the items being sold are "of questionable quality."

French Market entertainment sought for Oct. 17

Street musicians and performers are invited to participate in the first French Market in downtown Champaign from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 17. Local retailers and food establishments will participate in an outdoor shopping and dining experience. Also, individuals and small groups can set up outdoors. Limited placement is available. Contact Amy George at 373-7453 or ageorge<@>

Tilton Historical Society's winter hours now in effect

TILTON – The Tilton Historical Society has changed its hours of operation for the winter months.

The archives room and museum will be open from 9 a.m. to noon Thursdays and 1 to 3 p.m. Sundays at its new building just west of the old Tilton Grade School, 201 W. 5th St.

More volunteers sought for 2009 Festival of Trees

DANVILLE – The 2009 Provena United Samaritans Medical Center Foundation Festival of Trees is looking for more volunteers.

In its 13th year, the festival annually uses more than 1,400 people. This year's event is from Nov. 14 through 18 at the David S. Palmer Arena, 100 W. Main St., Danville.

Memorial to veterans earns Savoy state award

SAVOY – Savoy has won a Governor's Hometown Award for the community's efforts in building a veterans memorial.

Trustee Bill Smith, who proposed the idea to the village board and led the effort to create the memorial, received the news that Savoy received an award in late September after nominating the project earlier this summer. It is not known if Savoy has received first- or second-place recognition.