Tolono woman charged with identity theft in bank loan

URBANA – An employee of Busey Bank who allegedly took out a loan in a relative's name without her permission has been charged with financial identity theft.

Man sentenced to 38 years for Champaign robbery

URBANA – A 21-year-old Champaign man who robbed a fast-food restaurant employee at gunpoint, then used the gun to bludgeon her, was sentenced Friday to 38 years in prison.

Urbana man sentenced to prison over delivery robberies

URBANA – An Urbana man has been sentenced to five years in prison for slugging three food delivery men on consecutive nights and robbing them of cash and food in Champaign.

Convicted sex offender faces new charges involving young girl

URBANA – An Urbana man with prior sex-related convictions is being held on $1 million bond after having been charged Friday with molesting a 10-year-old girl.

Fire in outbuildings at residence east of Tuscola

CAMARGO — Firefighters from five departments are on the scene of a fire east of Tuscola in Douglas County.

Douglas County Sheriff Charlie McGrew said firefighters were called to the home of Dave Hackett on U.S. 36 just after 2 p.m. It’s believed that a machine shed and possibly a barn are on fire.

Champaign man charged with sex assault

CHAMPAIGN –  A 30-year-old Champaign man is due back in court in October after being charged Friday in connection with a sexual assault earlier this week on a woman he worked with.

Gas leak shut off in downtown Champaign

CHAMPAIGN — A hole in the pavement remains, but a natural gas leak in downtown has been stopped.

Man already sentenced to prison faces more fraud charges

URBANA – A man sentenced to prison earlier this week in connection with a credit card cloning scheme has had more financial fraud charges lodged against him.

White Street reopens as raised road through Boneyard project

CHAMPAIGN – With White Street just west of Second Street over the Boneyard Creek reopening this week, motorists will have a panoramic view of the continuing work to improve drainage along the waterway.

"What they'll see is a lot of sidewalks being put in, a lot of landscape features going in," said city resident engineer Louis Braghini.

Jobless rate rises in Champaign-Urbana, Danville areas

Even though unemployment rates have climbed the last two months, four Illinois metropolitan areas are seeing encouraging signs.

Decatur, Peoria, Chicago and Rockford – all of which are home to heavy industry – had lower unemployment rates in July than they did a year ago.