Champaign man has felony drug case

URBANA — A Champaign man accused of having drugs near a city park has been charged with drug-related offenses.

William D. Dixon, 43, who listed an address of the 0-100 block of Willow Court, was arrested Wednesday in the 1200 block of North Champaign Street after he allegedly fled from Champaign police.

Urbana woman pleads innocent to animal cruelty charges

URBANA — An Urbana woman pleaded innocent Thursday to animal cruelty charges.

Judy Smith, 57, who listed an address in the 1200 block of Lanore Drive, pleaded innocent to four counts of failure to provide care to animals, a felony because of a prior animal cruelty conviction she had.

Champaign man charged with aggravated DUI in friend's death

URBANA — A Champaign man has been charged with causing the death of his friend in a motorcycle collision that happened last September.

Champaign time capsule buried

CHAMPAIGN -- Current and former elected officials and staffers from the city of Champaign buried a time capsule on Thursday as the city's celebration of its sesquicentennial winds down.

The capsule was buried near the Stone Arch Bridge north of Springfield Avenue.

Champaign man to prison for domestic battery

URBANA — A Champaign man convicted of beating his wife was sentenced Wednesday to six years in prison.

Man brought back from Kentucky on warrant

URBANA — A man wanted for shooting a Champaign woman in her home in March has been found in Kentucky.

Clemon Shabar Adkinson, 31, who last lived locally in Urbana, was arrested in Kentucky last week.

Champaign police Sgt. John Schweighart said Adkinson was arrested in Louisville for a trespassing situation.

UI's new halftime commercials tout graduates

The Wall Street Journal didn't exactly say employers would be "blown away" if they hire University of Illinois graduates — but this is television, after all.

The latest UI halftime commercials wrapped up filming on campus Wednesday, and strong breezes and windswept hair were the order of the day.

Watseka teacher declares for 106th House seat

WATSEKA — A third candidate has joined the race for the Republican nomination in the new 106th House District that includes Vermilion, Ford, Iroquois, Livingston and Woodford counties.

Vermilion County sends out property tax bills

DANVILLE — It's time to celebrate the nation's independence, but not from taxes.

More than 51,000 property tax bills were mailed Wednesday afternoon in Danville to property owners throughout Vermilion County, according to county Treasurer Sue Stine.

Life Remembered: Unit 7 loses larger-than-life figure in Robert Aimone

TOLONO — He cooked delicious pasta and sang with a powerful voice. But Robert "Bob" Aimone will be remembered most as a teacher who touched the lives of generations of students.

The Unit 7 community lost a larger-than-life figure earlier this week when Mr. Aimone, 78, died at 8:03 a.m. Sunday at C-U Regional Rehab, Savoy.