Champaign council chooses Cross for District 5 seat

UPDATED 9:40 a.m.

CHAMPAIGN – Linda Cross took over as the city council's District 5 representative on Tuesday night.

$1 million bond in DUI case against Philo man

URBANA – A Philo man with a history of drunken driving convictions has been charged with another after leading police on a daylight pursuit through Urbana Monday morning.

Man sentenced to 20 years in cocaine case

URBANA – A Champaign man who had a large amount of cocaine for sale at his home last fall has been sentenced to 20 years in prison.

James R. Lawrence, 44, who listed an address in the 400 block of Louisiana Avenue, Champaign, pleaded guilty Monday before Champaign County Judge Heidi Ladd to unlawful possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance.

Urbana man faces DUI charge in accident

URBANA – An Urbana man is due in court next month on charges that he drove while drunk, hitting a pedestrian.

An Urbana police report said Jeremy B. Hall, 35, who listed an address in the 1700 block of Willow Road, was arrested after a Sunday night accident in the same block where he lives.

Strong Kids Campaign aims to raise $125,000

CHAMPAIGN – A family of five living on a graduate student's income doesn't have a lot of money for extras, like tumbling class and basketball.

So Tina Stone is grateful for the help she received from the Champaign County YMCA, which provides scholarships for families on a tight budget.

Tech recycler looks to build permanent presence

URBANA – An electronics recycling contractor that ran four one-day recycling events in Champaign last year is looking into establishing a permanent presence here.

3 face charges in prescriptions scheme

URBANA – Three Chicago area people who were allegedly passing false prescriptions around the state have been charged in Champaign County Circuit Court with drug and other offenses.

Urbana police Sgt. Dan Morgan said alert employees at the CVS pharmacy, 1818 S. Philo Road, U, brought a stop to the trio's scheme Saturday afternoon.

UI's financial status better, but cuts still possible

URBANA – A "cultural change" in how the University of Illinois manages its resources has the Urbana campus' financial picture looking brighter than it has in recent years.

There has been a 23 percent reduction in deficits for the campus, said Michael Andrechak, associate provost for budgets and resource planning.

State's revenue remains dismal in January

SPRINGFIELD – Even with a 67 percent increase in Illinois income taxes that went into effect last month, the state's revenue picture remained dismal in January.

Total state and federal revenue into Springfield was down 1.9 percent from January 2010.

Urbana board to weigh bond sales for pool project

URBANA – The Urbana Park District hopes to get a jump on building its family aquatic center even before voters decide whether to approve a property tax increase to pay for it.

Tonight, the park board will consider initiating the process to sell up to $7 million in bonds to pay for the outdoor pool project at Crystal Lake Park.