Kraft donates $15,000 to fund Foodmobiles

URBANA -- A $15,000 grant from Kraft Foods will sponsor seven Foodmobiles in coming months for the Eastern Illinois Foodbank to fight hunger in underserved communities.

Rantoul water tower rescue ends safely; teen faces arrest

RANTOUL - A distraught teen who climbed to the top of an old water tower on the former military base in Rantoul Saturday morning was brought down safely after a nearly three-hour-long rescue.

State radiation findings show no hazard in Illinois

SPRINGFIELD -- The Illinois Emergency Management Agency said the latest round of testing for radioactivity in Illinois from Japan found trace amounts of radioactive iodine in air, grass, milk and rainwater samples, as well as minute levels of cesium in some milk samples.

Work to start Monday on U.S. 36 in Douglas County

PARIS The Illinois Department of Transportation announces that work is scheduled to begin Monday on replacing culverts on U.S. 36 between Illinois 49 near Newman and Illinois 130 at Camargo in Douglas County.

Teen with stun gun arrested after prowling call

URBANA -- A Champaign teen who was present when his friend was fatally shot by a Champaign police officer 18 months ago is in jail for carrying an operational stun gun.

State rules for newspaper in records request

CHAMPAIGN -- The News-Gazette is awaiting the city's release of information regarding officers who have been named in citizen complaints against the police after the Illinois attorney general's office ruled that the information should be made public.

Work to start Monday on Neil Street in downtown

CHAMPAIGN -- One lane of Neil Street in downtown Champaign will be closed for a few days for storm sewer repair work.

The west lane of Neil Street will be closed between Washington Street and Hill Street beginning at 7 a.m. Monday to allow Duce Construction to repair a storm sewer.

Marathon still needs volunteers, but most jobs covered

The Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon still needs a few dozen course volunteers, but most of those jobs are now covered.

As of Friday afternoon, the race still needed 11 people to work at specific intersections along the course, and 25 more volunteers to be placed into course jobs as necessary on race day, said Mary Anderson, the volunteer coordinator for the race.

Woman convicted of Monticello stabbing

MONTICELLO -- A rural Monticello woman faces up to five years in prison after being convicted by a Piatt County jury of stabbing a woman in Monticello last year.

A jury deliberated about three hours Tuesday before convicting Stacey DeVries, 24, of aggravated battery.

Shutdown wouldn't hit UI

A federal government shutdown shouldn't have much effect for now at the University of Illinois.