Indigents' funerals may burden counties

URBANA – Cash-strapped Champaign County could end up paying for the indigent burials that the state of Illinois says it no longer will cover after July 1.

County Coroner Duane Northrup is warning county board members that the number of indigent burials is already up this year and that the situation could worsen if lawmakers and Gov. Pat Quinn don't reach agreement on a new state tax and spending plan.

Police on the scene at a Villa Grove home

VILLA GROVE – Law enforcement officers from the Villa Grove Police Department, the Douglas County Sheriff's Office and a SWAT team have been at the scene of a home in Villa Grove since about 3 p.m. Monday.

The sheriff's office referred all calls about the incident to U.S. Immigration Customs and Enforcement, a federal law enforcement agency under the United States Department of Homeland Security.

Champaign City Council to discuss costs of development

CHAMPAIGN – Council members will talk at a study session Tuesday night about a consultant study that shows how the city budget is affected by different kinds of development.

The Champaign City Council study session is set for 7 p.m. Tuesday at the council chambers, 102 N. Neil St. C.

DACC trustees to vote on buying computer equipment

DANVILLE – Danville Area Community College officials hope to make major improvements to technology across campus this summer.

On Tuesday, college trustees will vote on whether to buy $250,027 worth of computer equipment from Y&S Technologies of the Brooklyn borough of New York. The equipment would include 257 Lenovo desktop computers, 207 monitors and 62 laptops.

Life Remembered: Popular classics prof was 'legendary'

Friends and colleagues remembered Richard Thomas Scanlan as an enthusiastic and outstanding teacher who brought the world of Latin and classical mythology to life for a generation of University of Illinois students.

Mr. Scanlan, 81, of Champaign, died at 1:14 a.m. Sunday at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.

Georgetown superintendent ending 27 years with district

GEORGETOWN – Kevin Tate is retiring on June 30 after 27 years with the Georgetown-Ridge Farm school district, the last 13 of them as superintendent. He has accomplished many goals, but is leaving one unmet.

"I thought that when I got into education, I would teach high school math," Tate said. "But the jobs that were available when I entered the field were at the junior-high level. I never did teach high school math."

Latest UI crime data shows felonies down, assaults up

CHAMPAIGN – The crime statistics for the most recent school year at the University of Illinois have sort of a good news-bad news spin.

The good news is that serious felonies such as robberies and rapes were down, and no one was murdered. But the bad news is the number of people being threatened or beat up was higher than the year before.

Vermilion County group builds 200th wheelchair ramp

DANVILLE – On Father's Day, you would expect sons to be taking their dads out to lunch or sitting down to dinner together at home.

Instead, three sets of fathers and sons and one mother and son associated with the Vermilion County Handicapped Association spent most of Sunday building a wheelchair ramp.

"It's becoming a tradition," said Greg "Flea" Heath, who was among the father-and-son teams.

Longtime Champaign co-administrator now alone at top

URBANA – When Deb Busey graduated from the University of Illinois 34 years ago with a degree in literature, becoming the administrator of a county government with more than 900 employees and a budget of $120 million was an improbable career goal.

In fact, she said, she was considering going to law school when she applied for a job with the Champaign County state's attorney's office.

Over the years, she's become proficient at budgeting, finance and human-resources issues, and now she alone will be overseeing a county where one of her first tasks is to ask nearly every department to cut its budget for next year by 6 percent.

Rantoul police seek info on three similar robberies

URBANA – Champaign County Crimestoppers and Rantoul police are looking for help solving three similar robberies and batteries that have occurred in Rantoul during June.

On Monday, June 8, at approximately 10:30 p.m., a 16-year-old male walking in the 400 block of South Chanute Street was approached by a group of males ranging in age from 15 to 18. The victim was punched in the face and knocked to the ground. He was then repeatedly kicked and punched until he lost consciousness. The attackers ran from the area.