Legislators reject pay for regional superintendents

SPRINGFIELD — Two more issues generally of interest to Downstate legislators and constituents fell short in roll call votes in the Legislature Thursday.

On Wednesday, it was the effort to override Gov. Pat Quinn's veto of legislation that would have extended Urbana-based Health Alliance's state health insurance contract for two years that fell short.

St. Joseph won't give financial help to assisted-living facility

ST. JOSEPH — The village will not be investing in an assisted-living facility.

Mayor B.J. Hackler sent a letter to Savoy lawyer John Sasek on Tuesday, stating that the village thought an assisted-living facility would be a good addition to the community, but that the village is not willing to invest in the project.

Hoffman no longer a candidate for Congress

BELLEVILLE — Jay Hoffman is out as candidate for Congress in the new 13th District and now is running for the Illinois House in a district close to his Collinsville home.

The St. Clair County Democratic Party Thursday night endorsed Hoffman as its candidate for the state representative seat held until recently by Rep. Tom Holbrook, D-Belleville.

Jobless numbers drop from August, but still above last year

CHAMPAIGN — Many counties in East Central Illinois saw sizable declines in the unemployment rate in September, when compared with August.

Champaign County's rate dropped only slightly, from 9 percent to 8.7 percent, while Vermilion County's rate edged down from 10.5 percent to 10.4 percent, according to the Illinois Department of Employment Security.

Danville police to take children shopping

DANVILLE — Some Danville police officers are gearing up for one of their favorite assignments each year.

On Saturday morning, they will take about 51 elementary-school students from Vermilion County shopping for new winter clothing as part of the Danville Policemen's Benevolent & Protective Association Unit 11's Clothes for Kids event.

Illinois American seeks third rate increase in four years

SPRINGFIELD — Illinois American Water Co., which serves Champaign, Urbana, Savoy, St. Joseph, Tuscola, Arcola and a number of smaller area communities, is requesting its third major rate increase in four years.

Vermilion committee backs greater wind turbine setback, fees

DANVILLE — A Vermilion County board committee agreed Thursday night to change the county's wind turbine ordinance by increasing the distance turbines are required to be from a house and increasing the per-turbine permit fee the developers must pay the county.

Miller calls for 'whole community' to speak at Champaign council meeting

CHAMPAIGN — The father of a Champaign teen who police say fled from and struggled with them is calling on people to speak out at Tuesday's Champaign City Council meeting over the alleged treatment of black citizens by Champaign police officers.

Urbana man charged in Champaign gun incident

CHAMPAIGN — An Urbana man who allegedly fired a shot inside a north Champaign apartment while unloading his gun has been charged with two felony counts.

Carl Smith, 20, of the 1600 block of East Florida Avenue, was charged Thursday with reckless discharge of a firearm and aggravated unlawful use of a firearm.

Man faces sexual assault charges

URBANA — A Champaign man accused of sexually assaulting a woman he knows in his home is due back in court Dec. 20 on three felony counts.

Jeffrey Hill, 22, of the 600 block of South James Street, was charged Thursday with aggravated criminal sexual assault and criminal sexual assault for allegedly raping a woman in his home early Wednesday morning.