New search for Rantoul administrator begins

RANTOUL – The Rantoul Village Board has begun a new search to fill the vacant village administrator position.

Rantoul Mayor Neal Williams confirmed Friday the board was unable to reach an agreement with any of its finalists.

Two Champaign men facing charges in unrelated drug cases

URBANA – Two Champaign men were charged Friday in unrelated cases with having cocaine intended for sale.

Sergio Turner, 20, of the 700 block of Dogwood Drive was charged with possession with intent to deliver cocaine and cannabis stemming from his arrest by Champaign police Thursday night.

Two Champaign officers shot in '07 honored by state police

SPRINGFIELD – Two Champaign police officers wounded in the line of duty almost a year ago were honored Friday by the Illinois State Police.

Deputy Chief John Murphy and Officer Shannon Bridges were awarded the Illinois Law Enforcement Medal of Honor at a ceremony at the executive mansion in Springfield.

Band, color guard revved up for Indy 500

HOOPESTON – Before the introduction of drivers, the command to start the engines and the waving of the green start flag, 69 Hoopeston Area High School students will take a lap around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway at the 92nd Indy 500 on Monday.

So what if it's not in a race car.

Man arrested in theft of police chief's gun

URBANA – A Champaign man remains jailed in Urbana after being arrested for stealing the Champaign police chief's gun out of his locked car last week.

James L. Wilson, 18, who listed an address in the 2800 block of West Kirby Avenue, was charged Monday in Champaign County Circuit Court with burglary and possession of a stolen weapon for breaking into R.T. Finney's city-issued car on May 15 and stealing his .40-caliber Glock handgun.

Teen charged over threat on bathroom wall

URBANA – A Mahomet-Seymour High School senior who police say wanted to get his girlfriend out of school for a day was charged Friday with disorderly conduct for writing a threat on a bathroom wall.

Rantoul pool hoping visitors take plunge

RANTOUL – With Crystal Lake Pool in Urbana closed until the second week of June, Rantoul community leaders hope swimmers from Urbana will consider driving up U.S. 45 to the Rantoul Family Aquatic Center.

"We're ready to rock," said Rantoul Recreation Director Rich Thomas.

School reaches new heights in reading

CHAMPAIGN – A middle school principal challenges his students to read for 1 million minutes.

They come through with 1,020,121 minutes.

Five arrested in slaying; sixth sought

DANVILLE – Three Danville men and a Champaign man were charged with murder and armed robbery Friday in the shooting death of a 28-year-old Danville man.

A fifth man, from Champaign, was arrested Friday afternoon in connection with the same shooting, and police continue to search for a sixth man, according to Larry Thomason, Danville public safety director.

Urbana man has created his own nature preserve

URBANA – Nearly 200 years ago, a land surveyor and his crew walked along the south edge of Big Grove and recorded oaks, hickories, American hazel, spicebush and loads of wildflowers.

Today, visitors can see pretty much the same thing as they walk around the home of Robert and Judy Vaiden, which sits on a 1-acre lot in east Urbana.