Some Homer residents must boil water after pipe breaks

HOMER — Water customers on the southeast side of Homer are being asked to boil their cooking and drinking water for several days.

Judge rules 15-year-old guilty in attack

URBANA – A 15-year-old Champaign youth convicted for his role in the beating of a Champaign man in September will remain in detention until his sentencing in December.

Area could get its first taste of winter

East Central Illinois could get its first taste of winter this afternoon.

The National Weather Service reports scattered showers with isolated thunder with cold temperatures are expected this afternoon in Champaign, Coles, Douglas, DeWitt, Edgar, McLean, Moultrie, Piatt and Vermilion counties.

Some of the showers could include sleet and possibly snowflakes.

Urbana man charged with child porn

URBANA – An Urbana man accused of taking lewd photographs of a teen he was dating has been charged with three counts of child pornography.

Eric T. Fogelson, 30, who listed an address in the 100 block of Brady Lane, was arrested at his home Wednesday by Champaign police.

UI honors Talese with journalism award

CHAMPAIGN – Author Gay Talese has spent a half-century telling great stories – true stories about real people in detail as rich as the best short fiction.

Rantoul man sentenced to prison for DUI crash

URBANA – A Rantoul man who admitted he was drunk when he crashed a car into a house in that village has been sentenced to two years in prison.

Diego Torres-Bedolla, who listed an address in the 400 block of South Lincoln, pleaded guilty Thursday before Champaign County Judge Rich Klaus to aggravated driving under the influence.

DSC sets goal at $100,000 for Tree of Hope drive

Developmental Services Center is again asking the public for $100,000 through the Tree of Hope Campaign to supplement its sometimes-unreliable state funding.

The agency planned to kick off the annual campaign this morning at Sullivan Parkhill Automotive in Champaign, one of its corporate sponsors.

Conference aims to boost technology in low-income C-U areas

CHAMPAIGN – Organizers are hoping a two-day conference this weekend will churn out some ideas on how Champaign-Urbana's low-income neighborhoods can better use technology to improve their lives.

Details on conference

If you go...


– Symposium begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Graduate School of Library and Information Sciences, 501 E. Daniel St., C.

– Off-campus participants can park at Salem Baptist Church, 500 E. Park St., C., and a free shuttle will take visitors to and from the symposium.

Mahomet school helps with Toys for Troops drive

MAHOMET – Check your wallet for any Georges, Abes or Alexanders. If you have any green slips of paper with their pictures on them, Lincoln Trails Elementary School could use them to help send gifts and letters to the troops.

It's the fourth year the school has helped out with Toys For Troops.