One of quintuplets recovering at home after heart surgery

DANVILLE – Irelyn Ferrill, one of the Ferrill Five, is home with her brothers and sisters, recovering after undergoing heart surgery on Friday.

A little more than a week after Pete and Jenny Ferrill of Danville came home from Children's Hospital in St. Louis with their quintuplets, one of the quints had to return to St. Louis on Friday for surgery.

'Unofficial' statistics: Dozens arrested

CHAMPAIGN – Dozens of people partying during Unofficial St. Patrick's Day were arrested in Champaign.

According to Champaign Police Lt. Holly Nearing, 39 people were issued notices to appear in court for city-ordinance violations as a result of the annual event.

The high price of votes

Every ballot picked up Tuesday in Monticello cost taxpayers $34.

Piatt County Clerk Pat Rhoades says Tuesday's Republican primary may have been the most expensive per capita election in recent memory.

UI student shows passion for politics

Kristin Williamson isn't just studying political science at the University of Illinois, she's living it. The busy mom of a 2-year-old son is also a precinct committeewoman, vice president of the Champaign County Young Republicans and one of 10 fellows selected for the 2007 Illinois Lincoln Excellence in Public Service Series.

The yearlong program, which started in January, is designed to increase the number of Illinois Republican women serving in elected and appointed positions in all levels of government and politics.

Rantoul's housing market attracts emerging Latino population

Last year, Ruben Acevedo purchased Rantoul's all-sports radio station and changed its format to all Spanish-language programming.

It wasn't on a whim: Acevedo was well aware of the village's the growing number of Latinos.

It's your business: Old Bank Inn getting new lease on life

Jeff Curry trained horses for a quarter of a century before he went looking for a new career that would mean less wear and tear on his body.

Some might argue that his choice – opening his own restaurant – won't exactly be easy work.

Two UI football players arrested

CHAMPAIGN – Two University of Illinois football players have been suspended after their arrest Friday night for possession of stolen property and obstruction of justice, police and university officials said.

Sophomore receivers Jody Ellis and Derrick McPhearson were re-leased Saturday after each posted a $2,500 cash bond, according to Champaign County Sheriff's Sgt. Brad Morris.

Senator calls for probe of Chief decision

SPRINGFIELD – A state lawmaker is calling for an investigation into how the decision to retire Chief Illiniwek was handled.

"I've written a letter to the attorney general asking her to investigate the actions, proper or improper, on the (University of Illinois) Board of Trustees in the way that they handled this decision," state Sen. Bill Brady, R-Bloomington said. "I think that many people are calling into question these actions and the way they took place."

UI's notorious party is "Unofficial" tradition

CHAMPAIGN – Ryan Cokril of Ann Arbor, Mich., grinned as he clutched a beer at a party on Daniel Street on Friday.

"This is awesome, man!" said Cokril, who drove from the University of Michigan with his best friend, Phil Draz of Normal, to take part in Unofficial St. Patrick's Day.

Except for Centennial, school district meets standard

CHAMPAIGN – For the first time, the Champaign school district as a whole and Central High School have met state standards for student achievement in math and reading for the last school year.

All but one of Champaign's schools made adequate yearly progress under the No Child Left Behind Act. The district recently received achievement test results for high school juniors for the 2005-06 school year.

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