Johnson weighs in on MF Global bankruptcy

Urbana Republican Congressman Tim Johnson said incompetence played a major role in the bankruptcy of a major global financial firm.
MF Global filed for bankruptcy on Oct. 31 after as much as $1.2 billion came up missing from customers' futures accounts. Johnson said that includes millions from central Illinois customers.

Fisher Village Board selects new police chief

FISHER — The Fisher Village Board appointed a permanent police chief Thursday, but he is not new to the town.

Charlie Shepard, who has served as interim chief since August, was the board’s unanimous choice for the permanent job.

Crescent City man killed in truck crash

WATSEKA — A Crescent City man was killed in a single-vehicle accident in Iroquois County early Friday.

Illinois State Police at Ashkum said a pickup truck headed west on U.S. 24 about a mile west of Watseka ran off the road and hit a sign about 1:30 a.m. It then rolled over near the entrance to the Iroquois Paving Corp.

Gifts from fraternity bring smiles from Garden Hills students

CHAMPAIGN — Piled in the expansive Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity house at the University of Illinois, 500 toys seem like a lot.

But put them in the hands of more than 500 kids at Garden Hills Elementary School, and they really begin to mean something.

The fraternity again used its Pike Presents program to give gifts to students at the Champaign school Thursday.

Zoning board rejects variance for nursery school

PAXTON — Paxton’s zoning board of appeals voted 3-1 Thursday night to deny a zoning variance that would have allowed the operation of a nursery school in the downtown business district.

After the meeting, board members for the non-profit Paxton Community Nursery School said the denial of the variance means the school is in danger of closing.

Wiegand applied for Champaign superintendent's job in late November

CHAMPAIGN — Judy Wiegand didn't intend to apply for the Champaign school district superintendent job. As she told The News-Gazette in October, she enjoys her job as assistant superintendent for achievement and public services.

Unit 4 official among 4 finalists for Champaign superintendent

CHAMPAIGN — Champaign's school district announced four finalists for the open superintendents job Friday, including the current administrator who will soon be interim superintendent.

Notification system ready in case of emergency, UI says

URBANA — Should a sudden threat to campus arise — a gunman or a tornado, for example — the University of Illinois says it's ready.

Champaign woman reports sex assault

CHAMPAIGN — A Champaign woman reported being sexually assaulted in her apartment early Wednesday by a man she had met through Facebook.

According to Champaign police spokeswoman Rene Dunn, a police officer was sent to Carle Hospital about 6:15 p.m. Wednesday for a report of a sexual assault victim in the emergency room.

Get to know Champaign Police Chief candidate Kim Johnson

     Champaign Police Chief candidate Kim Johnson addressed the community on Thursday night.  Click the play icon to listen to Johnson's remarks.