Three men charged with aggravated battery


URBANA – Three men have been charged with aggravated battery for beating a Champaign man with a bat and landscaping timbers early Thursday.

Arcola residents injured in I-74 accident

MANSFIELD – A man and woman from Arcola were injured when a truck moved into their path, forcing them off the road on Interstate 74 near Mansfield on Thursday night.

Emily W. Myers, 21, and Alex E. Myers, 23, were extricated from their car and taken to Provena Covenant Medical Center in Urbana, where they were treated and released.

Volition team advises wannabe game designers at UI

So you want to work in the gaming industry?

Students crowded into a conference room in the University of Illinois Undergraduate Library on Thursday night to question several employees of Volition, the Champaign game-design firm known for high-selling video games "Saints Row" and "Red Faction."

Six in area competing to kiss pig(let) to fight diabetes

CHAMPAIGN – Local teacher Kyle Sondgeroth has his pig costume all ready.

Now all he needs is for the staff and students at Champaign's Bottenfield Elementary School to help him raise $750 for the American Diabetes Association, and he'll come to school dressed as a pig on April 9.

Area Jews begin preparing for Passover observances

Jewish faithful will be cleaning their kitchens this weekend to get rid of crumbs of chometz.

The term refers to food and drink made from leavened or fermented grains that should not be eaten during the Passover holiday.

Errors made in Gifford school board ballot positioning

GIFFORD – A ballot irregularity has come to light in connection with the Gifford school board election.

Candidates Mike Pflugmacher and Matt Lomax are at the bottom of the ballot for four-year terms instead of at the top, where they should be.

Book sale to benefit books for prisoners starts today

URBANA – A three-day book sale starting today provides material for readers and raises money for books for prisoners.

The sale at the Independent Media Center, 202 S. Broadway Ave., U, features thousands of donated books. Paperbacks sell for 50 cents and hardcover books for $1.

New Clifton Gunderson CEO: Be an information sponge

CHAMPAIGN – Krista McMasters started in accounting – and ended in accounting – at the University of Illinois. But en route to getting her bachelor's degree, she thought about other fields.

McMasters, who's scheduled to become chief executive officer of the Clifton Gunderson accounting firm in June, confessed on campus Thursday that at times, she didn't know whether she wanted to wind up in accounting.

METCAD's projected spending down slightly this year

URBANA – Spending for 911 emergency dispatching for most of Champaign County is down slightly for the coming year.

The policy board of the Metropolitan Computer Aided Dispatch service, which provides 911 dispatch service for police, fire and ambulance services everywhere in the county except Rantoul, approved total spending of $4.3 million for the fiscal year beginning July 1. That's down from $4.4 million budgeted this year.

Baby shower planned for widow with visa problems

CHAMPAIGN – Friends of a veteran's widow are holding a baby shower for her at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Mattis Avenue Free Methodist Church, 1913 S. Mattis Ave., C, where well-wishers can contribute to her family.

Mike Guzman of Urbana died in November of a heart attack at the age of 48.