Volunteers take on food challenge

URBANA – They can give up meat, they can give up snacks, but Lord help them if you take away their coffee.

Volunteers taking part in a challenge to eat on a food stamp budget for a week are finding the hardest part may be giving up their morning caffeine.

Brenda Koester didn't even try.

Union group will protest at UI trustees meeting

A coalition of labor unions will protest outside a University of Illinois trustees meeting Thursday, pointing to a $42,000 rug and expensive administrative salaries to argue that lower-paid workers deserve better compensation.

Plenty of new business for UI trustees' meeting

URBANA – A new nearly $5 billion budget, a new dean, and new support for Champaign economic development are on the agenda for the University of Illinois Board of Trustees Thursday, as well as significantly higher goals for employing minority contractors.

Pet of the Week Okra

Okra is a 2 year old spayed Tortie domestic short hair mix cat, very playful and friendly, available at the Champaign County Humane Society.

Agency offers food pack for weather emergencies

DANVILLE – CRIS Healthy Aging Center will sponsor a senior citizen emergency food pack distribution from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday and Sept. 29 at the CRIS Center, 309 N. Franklin St.

Danville school board to vote on union contracts

DANVILLE – Danville teachers and support staff could be working under new two-year contracts this week.

Danville school board members on Wednesday will vote on whether to approve a contract for teachers and teaching assistants and another for secretaries and learning resource clerks.

Man sentenced to 12 years for fatal DUI in Champaign

URBANA – A southern Illinois man whose drunken driving killed a Champaign woman last spring has been sentenced to 12 years in prison.

Robert Eagan, 33, of Salem, pleaded guilty before Champaign County Judge Rich Klaus on Monday afternoon to aggravated driving under the influence.

Lincoln Trail board to review library sharing rules

CHAMPAIGN – The public library continues to draw the ire of some residents and regional officials, while Champaign librarians maintain that a new policy circumvents no rules.

Two accused in attacks make first court appearance

URBANA – Two Urbana men appeared in court on Monday afternoon to face charges in connection with an attack on a Champaign man on the UI campus over the weekend.

Marijuana plants found growing in corn field near Paxton

RURAL PAXTON – Authorities seized 316 marijuana plants worth an estimated $160,000 growing in a corn field north of Paxton on Friday.