Storms tear through East Central Illinois

CHAMPAIGN – The Taste of Champaign-Urbana was decidedly soggy Friday evening, with at least two trees down and several exhibits damaged. The event was called off for the night and will return today.

Building owner seeks to open bar in Philo

PHILO – It's been over six years since someone tried to open a new bar in Philo.

Philo resident Bob "RJ" Daly asked the village board this week to establish a second liquor license so that he could open a bar in his 116 W. Washington St. building.

Man faces bond hearing today for gun, drug charges

RANTOUL – A Rantoul man found to have cocaine and a loaded handgun was scheduled to make a court appearance today to have a bond set.

Rantoul police Sgt. Marcus Beach said officers from his department arrested Elton Henderson, 32, of the 1500 block of Gleason Drive, at his home Friday morning.

Decommissioning fund for Clinton back on track

CHAMPAIGN – Exelon Corp. says it has caught up on its obligations for replenishing the trust fund for decommissioning the Clinton nuclear plant – but it still hasn't put enough aside for retiring the Byron and Braidwood plants.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Friday notified the operators of 26 nuclear generating units across the U.S. that, as of the end of 2008, they weren't setting aside enough money to cover the units' dismantling costs.

Work scheduled on Eureka Street

Feutz Contractors will work on Eureka Street from Hickory Street to Walnut Street starting June 22.

The next day, Eureka will also be closed from Champaign Street to Market Street. The work involves the removal of the existing oil and chip surface and the construction of new concrete pavement.

Congressman Johnson's aide to hold mobile office hours

U.S. Rep. Timothy Johnson's office will hold mobile office hours Monday in three Champaign County locations.

Johnson aide Brian Kelly will be available from 9 to 10 a.m. at the Ogden Village Hall, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Royal Community Building and from noon to 2 p.m. at the Rantoul Village Hall to assist constituents with needs and issues.

Police probe 11th burglary of year at 88 West complex

CHAMPAIGN – Champaign police are investigating another burglary to an apartment in north Champaign that occurred earlier this week, bringing the number at the complex to 11 for the year.

Sometime between 3:30 a.m. and 1:25 p.m. on Tuesday, someone entered an apartment at the 88 West complex in the 2000 block of Moreland Boulevard and stole a television and a PlayStation 3, including controllers and five games.

State's attorney announces run in Fifth Judicial Circuit

PARIS – Edgar County State's Attorney Matt Sullivan announced Friday that he will seek the Republican nomination for circuit court judge in the Fifth Judicial Circuit in the February 2010 primary election.

"I've worked very hard in my career to be able to take this step and pursue an opportunity to serve on the circuit bench," said Sullivan, of Paris. He made his announcement before supporters at a Paris restaurant. "Historically, we have been very fortunate in the Fifth Circuit to have a fine collection of smart, honest and effective jurists. It is my aspiration to join these ranks and continue my public service in this way."

Champaign County Courts

URBANA – The following Champaign County criminal cases were resolved this week with guilty pleas entered:

– Robert Burns, 21, of Macomb, was sentenced to two years of first offender's probation and ordered to perform 50 hours of public service after pleading guilty to possession of a controlled substance. He admitted that on Oct. 30, 2008, he possessed "ecstasy" tablets in a car that police stopped at Green and Wright streets for a traffic violation.

Germ Buster camp gives kids weapons against flu

CHAMPAIGN – To fight off a flu pandemic that may get a lot nastier in the fall, it's going to take an army of kids who know how to put a germ in its place.

Kids like Eunice Patton, 7, of Urbana, who already knows exactly what she's going to say to people when she spots them about to spread yucky germs on their hands to their mouths: