Champaign man's walk in support of troops reaches 'wonderful people'

URBANA – A retired Army veteran from Champaign has been walking across Illinois this month to help bring awareness to support the troops.

Rob Siedenburg, 65, said he was inspired to spend a month walking across the state after he saw his 95-year-old mother's collection of old ration cards from World War II.

Reports to police

In crimes reported to area police:


– 400 block of East Daniel Street: 18-year-old man battered about 2:15 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 18, by four black males; not reported until Sept. 21.

– 400 block of East Armory Avenue: 19-year-old man battered at 1 a.m. Saturday by an unknown person.

Danville man accused in burglary in Champaign

CHAMPAIGN – A Danville man is due back in Champaign County Circuit Court in November after he was arrested for residential burglary in Champaign.

Marcus Merriweather, 42, who listed an address in the 300 block of North Walnut Street, Danville, pleaded innocent on Monday to felony residential burglary.

Road work will close streets in Savoy

SAVOY – Portions of three streets in Savoy are expected to be closed intermittently through Wednesday.

Man reports attack by four men

CHAMPAIGN – Police are investigating the beating of a man by four other men in Champaign on Thursday night.

According to a police report, officers were called to the 1800 block of West John Street at 10:30 p.m. Thursday to respond to the report of a battery.

Coroner identifies man found in Crystal Lake

URBANA — Champaign County Coroner Duane Northrup has identified the person found in Crystal Lake in Urbana on Sunday afternoon.

Northrup said that Allen Wilson, 42, of Urbana was pronounced dead at 12:35 p.m. Sunday at the scene.

According to a police report, police and firefighters were called to the park after a passer-by saw a body in the water around noon Sunday.

Urbana man behind robbery sentenced to 10 years

URBANA – A 30-year-old Urbana man involved in the armed robbery of a fast food restaurant has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.

3rd 'Next Dance' on UI homecoming weekend

CHAMPAIGN – The third annual "Next Dance" celebrating the University of Illinois' retired Chief Illiniwek will take place on UI homecoming weekend.

The event, sponsored by the group Students for Chief Illiniwek, will be held at 6 p.m. Oct. 23 at the Assembly Hall, following the Illini football game against Indiana. Doors will open at 5 p.m.

Homecoming parade will close some Urbana streets Friday

URBANA – Some Urbana streets will be closed on Friday afternoon for the Urbana High School homecoming parade.

Race Street will be closed between Iowa Street and Michigan Avenue starting at 1 p.m. through the start of the parade at 3 p.m.

Teacher of Year finalist from Champaign demands best from students

CHAMPAIGN – Susan Thomas' classroom was rockin' to the strains of "Apologize" by OneRepublic.

But the lyrics of the song were different than what her students have heard on the radio. They talked about tea and tyranny.

And the guys in the music video? Instead of rock star hair and leather pants, they wore powdered wigs and breeches.