Urbana man sentenced to seven years for DUI plea

URBANA – An Urbana man whose drunken driving injured two people in two collisions within minutes of each other has been sentenced to seven years in prison.

Austin Way, 35, whose last known address was in the 1700 block of Willow Court, pleaded guilty Thursday morning in Champaign County Circuit Court to a single count of aggravated driving under the influence.

St. Joseph village, grade school to cooperate on sidewalk

ST. JOSEPH – The village board members approved a plan Wednesday to work with St. Joseph grade school district to extend the current sidewalk on the south side of Ethel Street to Harlen Wise.

Trustee Tami Fruhling-Voges said the village was happy to work with the district.

Ford County looking for more cuts

PAXTON – A projected $260,000 deficit budget for next fiscal year, blamed in part on an insecure revenue stream from the state, has the Ford County Board's finance committee wondering what else can be done to cutting staff.

Danville alderman announces run for mayor

DANVILLE – Alderman Rickey Williams Jr. announced Thursday night before about 60 friends and family that he will run for mayor of Danville next year.

Meth valued at $628,000 found; 2 Californians charged

URBANA – Two California men have been charged with possessing hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of methamphetamine in Champaign County.

State's Attorney Julia Rietz said an Illinois state trooper stopped a Toyota Camry on southbound Interstate 57 just north of Rantoul about 5 p.m. Wednesday because it was speeding and following too closely.

Rantoul man arrested for theft

RANTOUL – A Rantoul man accused of stealing money from a family friend through a shady insurance transaction is due back in court in November.

Brandon L. Jackson, 23, who listed an address in the 600 block of Birdie Drive, was arraigned Wednesday on a charge of felony theft, alleging that in January of this year he stole $400 from a 68-year-old Paxton woman.

Rantoul man jailed over break-in

RANTOUL – A Rantoul man who police say tried to break in a woman's home in that city Saturday night remained in the county jail Thursday in lieu of $200,000 bond.

Shawntel Harrison, 19, who listed an address in the 1100 block of Cambridge Drive, was charged earlier this week in Champaign County Circuit Court with attempted residential burglary.

Food for Families kicks off at Illini game with challenge from Columbus

CHAMPAIGN – Football and food fights are being enlisted to help with the 24th annual Food for Families Drive, which starts this weekend.

The two-week campaign by the Eastern Illinois Foodbank kicks off at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Illinois-Ohio State football game at Memorial Stadium.

Choice for next Research Park developer is weeks away

The selection of a developer for the next phase of the University of Illinois Research Park is not likely to happen for a couple more months.

FutureGen revision will need state OK and maybe rate hike

If the recently revised FutureGen 2.0 project is ever built, it's going to require more support from the Illinois Legislature – and possibly more money from Ameren ratepayers.