Two charged in unrelated vehicle break-ins

URBANA — Two men have been charged in unrelated cases with breaking into vehicles in Champaign this week.

— Timothy Lowe, 19, of St. Joseph was charged with burglary for entering a vehicle on Bentbrook Drive, intending to steal.

Carjacking reported north of Urbana

The Champaign County sheriff's office is investigating a carjacking that occurred Friday morning north of Urbana.

According to Lt. Allen Jones, a man with a gun got into the back seat of an occupied vehicle at Ehler's Trailer Park in the 3700 block of North Cunningham Avenue at about 9 a.m.

Three charged in attack in Urbana

URBANA — Three men have been charged with beating a man in Urbana earlier this week.

Marc Howard-Hunt, 19, of Rantoul; Rashad Johnson, 28, of the 300 block of West Locust Street, Urbana; and Yondale Phagan, 35, of the 2000 block of South Anderson Street, were arraigned Thursday for aggravated battery to a 28-year-old Urbana man.

Mattoon company looks to job cuts

MATTOON — Consolidated Communications Holdings has planned $2.5 million in annualized cost reductions this year, with most coming from "head-count adjustments," company officials said Thursday.

Electronics recycling set for Saturday

CHAMPAIGN — This year's third countywide residential electronics recycling event will be held Saturday morning at The News-Gazette distribution center in north Champaign.

John Street project moves west

CHAMPAIGN — The second phase of the John Street storm sewer project is set to begin.

John will be open from Prairie to State streets on Friday but beginning Monday will close to through traffic from just west of Prairie to just east of Foley streets.

The closure should be for about eight weeks, depending on weather.

Regional school chiefs reach no accord over pay

SPRINGFIELD — Some of Illinois' regional superintendents of education are prepared to go another three or four months without pay following a meeting Wednesday with representatives of Gov. Pat Quinn.

But not all of them. And those who would remain say they aren't happy about the prospect of more payless paydays.

Scouts to practice for emergency at Rantoul airport

RANTOUL — Most emergencies can't be forecast.

One that will happen this week, though, has been planned for several months.

Boy Scouts, in conjunction with the Rantoul airport and area emergency agencies, will stage a mock emergency late Saturday afternoon.

The scenario involves a tornado hitting Rantoul, damaging a plane and injuring passengers.

Police use simulator for driving skills

CHAMPAIGN — It may have been sunny and 86 degrees outside but inside a recreational vehicle on the parking lot at the Champaign police department, officers were enduring rain, snow, ice, blown tires and all other kinds of nasty conditions Thursday.

Vermilion nursing home using consultant after infection violations

TILTON — Vermilion County has hired a private consultant to help Vermilion Manor Nursing Home staff better control infections, after the state found violations that related bacterial infections among several residents.

Because of the violations, the nursing home did not admit any Medicare or Medicaid residents for three months, and the facility also faces fines.