2 Russians going to trial for perjury

DANVILLE – Two of six Russian nationals, who were arrested in late March after trying to get driver's licenses in Tilton using false information, could stand trial this summer.

Vermilion County Circuit Judge Nancy Fahey on Thursday found probable cause to try Yulia Polkhova, 21, and Eketerina Kozlova, 22 – both of whom listed addresses in Ocean City, Md. – on one count of perjury apiece.

Revisions may give Tilton enterprise zone plan new life

TILTON – A planned enterprise expansion at the Vermilion County Airport appears to be back on track, although the size of the expansion has changed, and the proposal still needs approval from the village board that rejected it.

Two weeks ago, the Tilton Village Board unanimously voted against expanding the enterprise zone to the airport, but Thursday night, the board held a special meeting to discuss the proposal again.

Students learn of different cultures from art

DANVILLE – Fiber artist Charlotte Main has fermented mud with a Yoruba tribesman in Nigeria, made paper with a Japanese Living National Treasure and dyed cloth with a "blue man of the desert" in Morocco.

This month, she has been at Liberty Elementary School in Danville, teaching pupils about the different countries she has visited, people she has met and cultures she has experienced through art.

State smoking ban advances

SPRINGFIELD – Illinois took another step toward a statewide smoking ban on Thursday, when the House environmental health committee approved it on a 10-to-2 vote.

"Today's vote ý is a victory for the health and well-being of the people of Illinois, and moves us one step closer to our goal to pass the Smoke Free Illinois Act," said a statement from Clement Rose, president of the American Cancer Society's Illinois division.

Acquittal concludes stolen credit card case

URBANA – An Urbana man who tried to use a stolen credit card at a Champaign business was acquitted of a felony charge Wednesday.

A Champaign County jury Wednesday deliberated more than four hours before finding Robert R. Wilson, 34, who listed an address in the 1200 block of North Coler Avenue, not guilty of burglary for entering the Wal-Mart store on North Prospect Avenue on Jan. 28, intending to use the stolen credit card.

Man charged in cocaine case

URBANA – A Champaign man who allegedly possessed cocaine apparently intended for sale is due back in court next month.

Yojevol Sturkey, 27, who listed an address in the 1500 block of Garden Hills Drive, was charged Tuesday with unlawful possession with intent to deliver cocaine.

Man charged with 9 counts in drug case

URBANA – A 21-year-old Champaign man who told police he was selling cannabis was charged Wednesday with nine felony counts.

Andrew Huddle, who listed an address in the 1900 block of Karen Court, was charged with armed violence, possession with intent to deliver cannabis, possession of cannabis, possession of LSD, and defacing identification marks on a firearm.

Monical's plans new stores in Urbana, St. Joseph

Monical Pizza Corp. plans to open stores in southeast Urbana and St. Joseph this fall, the company announced this week.

The Bradley-based restaurant chain said it will replace its Monical's Pizza store at 1505 E. Washington St., U, with a new store in The Pines shopping center at the southeast corner of Philo and Windsor roads.

'Gattaca' fuels discussion

Michael Shamberg might have co-produced "Gattaca," which opened Roger Ebert's Overlooked Film Festival on Wednesday night. But he doesn't believe a genetically superior elite will take over, as it does in the movie.

"We have too fractious a society," he said. "We have too much expression, especially over the Internet."

Co-producer of 'Gattaca': Sci-fi movie was difficult to market

CHAMPAIGN – Finding the money to make the sci-fi movie "Gattaca," which opened the ninth annual Roger Ebert's Overlooked Film Festival on Wednesday night, was no problem, said co-producer Michael Shamberg.

The real problem was getting people to see it.