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.

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.

Illinois American Water asks for rate increase

     A major water supplier in Champaign County is asking for a rate increase.

     Illinois American Water has filed a request with the Illinois Commerce Commission for an increase of around $7 a month for a typical customer.

Four charged with financial identity theft over Busey accounts

URBANA — It's just about a bank customer's worst nightmare: a teller using personal information about a client to steal from the customer's account.

Frost advisory issued for Friday morning

     The National Weather Service has issued a frost advisory for central Illinois, in effect from 2 a.m. to 8 a.m. Friday.

     Counties under the advisory include Champaign, Vermilion, Douglas, Edgar, Coles, Piatt, Moultrie, DeWitt, Macon, McLean, and Shelby.

Health Alliance: Don't panic over lack of veto override

     A vice president for Urbana-based Health Alliance is urging people not to panic over the Illinois Senate's vote Wednesday not to override the governor's veto of Senate Bill 178.

Machining firm to take former Jerry's IGA space

CHAMPAIGN — HL Precision Machining plans to move to the former Jerry's IGA building at 2110 Round Barn Road, C, later this year, the company's president said.

Steve Hillard said the company, which employs about 43, hopes to move from its current quarters at 1302 Parkland Court, C, in late December.