Champaign County Board approves lease for playground in Dobbins Downs

URBANA – Residents of Champaign's Dobbins Downs neighborhood were pleased Thursday night as the Champaign County Board took a step toward making it possible to allow for the construction of a park in their neighborhood.

Champaign man faces 30 years after conviction in crack cocaine case

URBANA – A man convicted of having crack cocaine packaged for sale faces up to 30 years in prison when sentenced in September.

A Champaign County jury Wednesday convicted Ronald S. Wilkerson, 41, whose last known address was in the 1500 block of Honeysuckle Lane, Champaign, of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance.

Bond at $150,000 for Urbana man in aggravated stalking, domestic battery case

URBANA – An Urbana man accused of holding a girlfriend against her will and beating her will have to wear an electronic monitoring device while awaiting trial.

Urbana man arraigned on sexual abuse charge

URBANA – A Champaign County prosecutor said an Urbana man admitted to police that he molested a neighbor child who was playing in his daughter's pool.

Statue stolen from Champaign school is returned

CHAMPAIGN — Poor kid, stuck in the office at Edison Middle School.

And he’s not even the one who got in trouble.

Bond set at $1 million for man accused of murdering brother in Tolono

URBANA — Bond has been set at $1 million for a Savoy man accused of shooting his brother to death in a Tolono grocery store on Wednesday.

Most members of Chanute museum board resign

RANTOUL – Six of eight members of the Chanute Heritage Foundation Board, which oversees operations of the Chanute Air Museum, have resigned.

Donald Ross of Champaign, one of the two remaining board members, said a special meeting of the board has been called at 1 p.m. Aug. 21 at the museum to elect a new board.

Georgetown Teen REACH program to resume operation

GEORGETOWN – The Georgetown Teen REACH program will resume two days per week through the end of the summer beginning next Wednesday.

The First Church of Christ, 503 N. Main St., has offered space for programming to continue this summer.

Multicultural center opens in Rantoul for migrants, families

RANTOUL – A multicultural center that caters to migrants and other agricultural workers and their families has opened in Rantoul.

Rantoul department loses police dog to health problems

RANTOUL – The Rantoul police department has lost one of its valued members.

Chief, one of two canines with the department, has died.

Police Chief Paul Farber said the black and tan German shepherd experienced health-related problems. Veterinarians treated Chief, but it became evident the dog would have to be euthanized.