UI raises record $221.4 million in fiscal year 2009

URBANA – When the stock market plunged a year ago, sending the economy into recession, fundraisers at the University of Illinois braced for lean times.

'Mr. Parkland' named as group's Citizen of the Year

"Mr. Parkland," a.k.a. Carl Meyer, was honored Friday by the Champaign County Chamber of Commerce with its Citizen of the Year award.

Meyer, executive director of the Parkland College Foundation who has also been involved with the Don Moyer Boys and Girls Club and the Rotary Club of Champaign, was presented with the award at the chamber's annual meeting at the Hilton Garden Inn in Champaign.

Two face home invasion charges in Champaign

URBANA – Two men are being held on high bonds after being charged with a home invasion in Champaign Thursday in which one of them was caught, then got away from police for a few hours.

Gaylend Allen-Davis, 23, who listed an address in the 1300 block of Comanche Drive, Champaign, and Terry Smith, 29, who listed an address in the 2400 block of East Elm Street, Urbana, were both charged with home invasion for entering an apartment in the 400 block of West Green Street while two men were present and putting a gun to the head of one of them. They were also charged with residential burglary for entering intending to steal.

Catlin fire district to host countywide training

CATLIN – The Catlin Fire Protection District will host a countywide training for local fire departments at 7 p.m. Oct. 14 put on by the Illinois Fire Service Institute.

The training takes place at the Catlin fire station and will involve a propane tank similar to what people would normally see used at farms, only on a smaller scale.

Area Olympians stunned by Chicago's early exit

CHICAGO – Like several thousand others, Craig Virgin came to Daley Plaza in downtown Chicago on Friday morning to learn whether the city would host the 2016 Summer Olympic Games.

With three towering television screens poised to relay updates from Copenhagen of the International Olympic Committee's vote on the four-city race, this was Ground Central for hopeful boosters of Chicago's bid.

District 2 county board member submits resignation

RANTOUL – Kevin Hunt, a Champaign County Board member since 2006, has submitted his resignation, effective immediately.

Hunt, a Rantoul Republican, said in an e-mail to county board Chair C. Pius Weibel that his new job in Bloomington "makes it difficult to commit the time that I believe the county board deserves. I've enjoyed my time on the board and the friendships I've gained from serving."

Do Good Consulting selected as best small business

URBANA – Urbana-based Do Good Consulting was named Small Business of the Year on Friday by the Champaign County Chamber of Commerce.

Grants help effort to improve Catlin fire services

CATLIN – The Catlin Fire Department will soon add several new pieces of equipment to its rescue arsenal, thanks to the Pioneer Seed Company and the Illinois Department of Health.

"Ryan Allison stays on top of any available grants," said Catlin Fire Chief Brian Nightlinger. "That money makes it possible to expand what we can do, things we couldn't do on the amount of money we usually have in our budget."

Revenue outlook not getting better for Illinois

SPRINGFIELD – September was another bad month for tax collections for the state.

Personal income tax receipts were down 18 percent from a year earlier. Corporate income tax revenue was down 29.4 percent. Sales tax collections were off by 15 percent. Riverboat gambling revenue was down by nearly 55 percent.

14-year-old faces charges in 16-year-old's stabbing

URBANA – A Champaign County judge has ordered a Rantoul teen accused of stabbing another teen Tuesday held in detention at least until a court appearance Monday.

State's Attorney Julia Rietz said Friday she charged a 14-year-old boy with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon for stabbing a 16-year-old in the left chest and right arm.