Teen charged in attack that led to police sting

URBANA – A fourth teen accused of trying to rob police officers they thought were drug clients has been formally charged.

The 16-year-old appeared in Champaign County juvenile court Friday and was charged in a delinquency petition with the attempted armed robbery of two Urbana police officers who were posing as would-be drug buyers.

Event marking King's birthday sounds call for unity

CHAMPAIGN – Stressing the unity in community, a countywide Martin Luther King's birthday celebration offered inspiring music and a speech on the lessons of the martyred leader's life.

The 10th annual event, held Friday afternoon at the Hilton Garden Inn, drew more celebrants than parking spaces, even in the large lot.

2011 Cardinal Caravan

Past and present players for the St. Louis Cardinals meet their fans during a Q&A and autograph sessions at the Round Barn Convention Centre in Champaign, Ill on Friday, Jan. 14, 2011. 

Family displaced by Urbana fire

Updated 5:05 p.m. Friday

URBANA — An Urbana family of eight has been displaced from its home following a fire that appears to have been sparked by overloaded electrical cords.

Coroner identifies victim of Danville fire

Updated 3:40 p.m. Friday

DANVILLE — The Vermilion County Coroner has identified the man who died in a fire Friday.

Rossville-Alvin reactivation question will be on ballot

ROSSVILLE – The Rossville-Alvin school district decided Thursday night to ask voters in April if they want their high school back.

At a special meeting in Rossville, the school board voted to put a question on the April 5 ballot, asking voters if they want to reactivate their high school that has been closed since May 2006.

Senator says he'll be an advocate for VA

DANVILLE – On a visit to the Veterans Affairs facility in Danville, U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Illinois, told veterans Thursday he is committed to ensuring the campus is modernized.

Kirk said, during a sit-down meeting with about a dozen veterans, that it's a well-maintained campus.

All Cherry Orchard tenants closing in on new places to live

All tenants at Cherry Orchard apartments in rural Rantoul appear to be close to finding new homes.

For a while, it didn't look like that would happen.

Julie Pryde, the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District administrator spearheading efforts, said it has been more than difficult to find permanent homes. All of the tenants are migrants.

Kirk: Excessive spending must end

CHAMPAIGN – The nation's pre-eminent issue, U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk said Thursday in Champaign, remains the economy.

More sign-ups needed for wireless Web service in Broadlands

BROADLANDS – Mayor Matt Buffington is still working to bring Internet to Broadlands.

Earlier this month, the village sent residents information advising them of SpeedNet Wireless Internet Service options for the community.

The current cost for this service is $99 for installation and $35 or $45 a month for service depending on the package the resident selects.