Houston man released after almost two years, but may be headed to Texas for court case there

URBANA – A Houston man accused of trafficking in cocaine in Champaign County has been released from the Champaign County jail on his own recognizance after being in custody almost two years awaiting trial.

Man accused in attack must return to court next month

URBANA – A Champaign man accused of forcing his way into a woman's home and cutting her is due back in court in mid-July.

Brandon J. Meeks, 27, who listed an address in the 600 block of East Vine Street, was charged Tuesday with a home invasion and aggravated battery that happened Monday and with trespass for an incident that occurred Friday.

Flood warning issued for Sangamon River

The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for the Sangamon River in Piatt County until 1 p.m. Sunday.

According to the weather service, the water level on the river at Monticello was 13.9 feet at 2:15 p.m. Tuesday. The flood stage is 13.0 feet.

According to the weather service, minor flooding is forecast.

Lightning strike causes damage to Champaign home

CHAMPAIGN — A lightning strike caused an estimated $10,000 damage to a northwest Champaign home on Tuesday.

According to a Eastern Prairie Fire Department report, firefighters were called to a home at 4001 Highland Place, Champaign, at 11:37 a.m. Tuesday.

Senate approves Lewis as U.S. attorney; Durbin also forwards four as judge candidates

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Dick Durbin announced Tuesday that the United States Senate unanimously approved James Lewis to serve as U.S. attorney in the Central District of Illinois.

Video aimed at improving bicycle safety in Champaign-Urbana

If you've been on your bike and wondered where exactly you should ride in relation to traffic or how to make a left turn on a busy street, a new video will show you what you should be doing.

Boil order from weekend lifted in Sidney

SIDNEY — A boil order that had been in effect for all of Sidney was lifted Tuesday.

The order was issued Saturday after a switch in the water tower malfunctioned.

Supervisor of Operations Earl Bennett discovered the problem Saturday as he was taking care of tree limbs downed by a storm the previous night.

Sidney resident files to run for sheriff in Champaign County

URBANA – Pending a near-certain review of his petitions of candidacy, Sidney resident Jerommie Smith is an official independent candidate for sheriff of Champaign County.

Smith filed petitions Monday afternoon with 4,703 signatures. He needed to have between 4,208 and 6,733 signatures of registered Champaign County voters to get on the Nov. 2 general election ballot.

More storms possible today and Wednesday; heat index to hit 100-plus

A round of storms sent tornados and funnel clouds through central Illinois late Monday night and caused some flash flooding.

Fire leads to ban in Urbana on having indoor furniture outside the home

URBANA – A fire that started in a couch on a porch has led to a new fire-prevention ordinance in Urbana that bans having indoor furniture outdoors.