Voters to weigh in on Rossville-Alvin reactivation

ROSSVILLE -- Six years ago, Rossville-Alvin school district voters approved a ballot proposal to deactivate the high school and send students to Bismarck-Henning or Hoopeston Area high schools.

When they go to the polls Tuesday, they can weigh in on whether their school should be reopened.

Days before Election Day, some residents said they were still torn.

Candidates for Champaign school board

Candidates for Champaign school board:

Jamar Brown

Address: 2009 S. Prospect Ave., C

Age: 28

Occupation: Lab mechanic apprentice for the University of Illinois Department of Civil Engineering

Political experience: Vice chair on the Champaign Human Relations Commission.

Kristine Chalifoux

Georgetown candidates speak at forum

GEORGETOWN -- Eleven of the twelve candidates for contested city council seats spoke to an audience of about four dozen residents at a candidates forum Tuesday sponsored by the Georgetown Ladies Community Club.

Firefighters put out kitchen fire in Mahomet

MAHOMET – Firefighters quickly put out a kitchen fire late Wednesday afternoon in Mahomet.

According to a news release, Cornbelt Fire Department was called to 303 S. Walnut St. at 5:39 p.m. for a report of a kitchen fire.

The fire was limited to the kitchen. The rest of the home had some smoke damage.

Heater may have been cause of smoke odor

CHAMPAIGN – Streets were reopening shortly after 8:10 p.m. Wednesday after a smoke odor was reported at a downtown Champaign restaurant.

Diners continued their meals at Jim Gould in One Main while firefighters investigated what they believed was a short-circuit in a heater in an entryway of the restaurant.

Mayoral candidates trade accusations over donations

CHAMPAIGN -- Accusations about donations to Champaign mayoral candidates grew deeper on Wednesday, with each candidate raising concerns about how the other is financing his campaign.

Man sentenced to 8 years for attempted robbery

URBANA -- A 33-year-old Champaign man who admitted he tried to rob a pizza delivery man at a public housing complex has been sentenced to eight years in pirson.

Teen sentenced to seven years for robbery

URBANA -- A teenage boy from Urbana who took part in robbing a woman in January has been sentenced to seven years in juvenile prison.

The 16-year-old was one of five teens charged in connection with a scheme in which they robbed a drug dealer of his cellphone on Jan. 10, then used it to contact his customers.

Two arrested in downtown Champaign robbery

UPDATED 6;10 p.m.

CHAMPAIGN — Two convenience store clerks were injured in a robbery Wednesday afternoon in downtown Champaign, and two men were arrested for the crime within an hour.

UI responds quickly to report of bed bugs in residence-hall room

URBANA — Bed bugs invaded campus over the weekend, but apparently kept their invasion to one room, and were immediately crushed by the defenses of the University of Illinois.

Just one dormitory room in Evans Hall was affected Sunday night, said Erin Ciciora, a resident communications coordinator in University Housing.