Carle Clinic name gone, but maybe not permanently

URBANA – The Carle Clinic name is gone for now but may be making a comeback later, Carle executives say.

With the $250 million sale of formerly for-profit Carle Clinic to not-for-profit Carle Foundation Hospital final at midnight Wednesday, clinic buildings opened Thursday morning under the new name Carle Physician Group.

Thousands of volunteers needed to pack a million meals for Haiti

Champaign County volunteers are being asked to help pack more than 1 million meals to send to impoverished residents of earthquake-ravaged Haiti.

In what's billed as the largest relief effort of its kind outside a major city, the Salvation Army of Champaign County is working with two other faith-based agencies on a two-day volunteer effort in late April.

Durbin in Danville getting feedback on jobs, business

DANVILLE – Road improvements, job training, renewal of the biodiesel tax credit and infrastructure improvements at the veterans' hospital were some of the needs local leaders and businessmen expressed to U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin during a Thursday morning visit in Danville.

Illinois Dem touts grants, loan reforms at Parkland

CHAMPAIGN – Sen. Dick Durbin visited Parkland College on Thursday to tout expanded Pell grants for students and reforms that take private banker "middlemen" out of the student loan process.

Residents upset, circulating petitions over adult business near Hegeler

HEGELER – Residents in the Hegeler area are upset about an adult business that has opened – even though Danville Township has not yet issued it a license to operate.

Area sees incremental changes in jobless rate

Unemployment rates fell in some parts of East Central Illinois in February but rose in others, according to the state Department of Employment Security.

The new figures – released only two weeks after the January rates were announced – showed lower rates for Champaign, Coles, Edgar, Ford and Iroquois counties.

Crimes reported to area police

In crimes reported recently to area police:


– 1200 block of Parkland: 26-inch television stolen from home Saturday.

– 500 block of West Beardsley Avenue: Purse stolen out of car Tuesday.

City commission 'emphatically' urges against replacing Virginia marquee

CHAMPAIGN – The Champaign Park District will not have the support of the city's historic preservation commission when it meets on April 14 to discuss renovations to the Virginia Theatre.

Fire destroys building at Danville business park

DANVILLE Firefighters were still on the scene late in the afternoon of a fire at a small business park on East Voorhees Street just east of Danville.

Man charged with aggravated battery following fight with bartender

URBANA — A Champaign man who got into a fight with a bartender at an Urbana bar is due back in court on May 25.

Prentice Senter, 34, who listed an address in the 1700 block of Hedge Road, was charged Wednesday with aggravated battery for an incident that occurred early Saturday at the American Legion Post 71 at 107 N. Broadway Ave.