Rep. Hays enjoying brief stint in Black's old office

SPRINGFIELD – Newly elected state Rep. Chad Hays, R-Catlin, joked to his wife that he expected that his new office in the Statehouse would have little more than a card table and a folding chair.

He was almost right.

Gambling bill on hold in House

SPRINGFIELD – A huge gambling-expansion bill that includes a casino for Danville and four other cities, including Chicago, was placed on hold by its House sponsor on Monday.

Community invited to weigh in on uniforms

DANVILLE – Parents and community members will have an opportunity to weigh in on the issue of school uniforms this evening.

Out of the Ownership in Education process, which annually discusses changes to the Danville schools' handbook, the topic of school uniforms will have its own meeting or set of meetings, depending on participation.

Part of Georgetown street to close for sewer work

GEORGETOWN – City officials said Monday that a portion of East West Street near the cemetery will be closed for a few days while some sewer work is performed in that area.

Mayor Dennis Lucas said the portion of the street near the cemetery may be closed for up to a week, but that it was hard to say exactly how long the work would take.

Section of University to be reduced to one lane

URBANA – Traffic on westbound University Avenue in Urbana will be reduced to one lane starting Wednesday, between Orchard Street and Coler Avenue, according to Carle Foundation Hospital and Carle Physician Group.

Traffic will be rerouted around equipment for five to 10 business days while a portion of the north clinic roof at Carle is resurfaced.

Teen arrested for kicking a police officer

URBANA — Bond has been set at $1,000 for a teenager arrested for kicking a police officer in the groin on New Year’s Eve.

Kendra Fitzgerald, 17, who listed an address on Cunningham Avenue in Urbana, pleaded innocent on Monday to one count of aggravated battery to a police officer.

Champaign man charged with aggravated battery

CHAMPAIGN — A Champaign man is being held at the Champaign County Jail on $25,000 bond following his arrest for the aggravated battery of a child.

Brandon M. Cole, 24, who listed an address in the 1600 block of West Bradley Avenue, Champaign, pleaded innocent on Monday to felony aggravated battery of a child.

Tolono man charged with home invasion

URBANA — Bond has been set at $25,000 for a Tolono man charged with a home invasion on New Year’s Day.

James D. Milton, 32, who listed an address in Tolono, pleaded innocent on Monday to felony home invasion causing an injury.

If convicted, Milton could be sentenced to up to 30 years in prison.

Authorities seek information on gas station holdup

CHAMPAIGN — Champaign County Crimestoppers and Champaign police need help solving a robbery last month at a Champaign gas station.

According to a Champaign police report, a man wearing a black ski mask entered the Freedom Oil gas station, 1406 N. Prospect Ave., Champaign, at 5 a.m. on Dec. 18, brandished a knife, demanded money and walked out with cash.

Pet of the Week-Siyah

Siyah, one year, is a spayed, American pit bull mix. She is available for adoption at the Champaign County Humane Society in Urbana, Ill.