Urbana man seeking vacant city council seat

URBANA – Being responsible for the appointment that would make the city council whole, Mayor Laurel Prussing on Tuesday said she has talked to "three or four" people interested in the Ward 2 city council seat, but she has yet to present to the city council a successor.

Victim testifies in robbery-kidnapping trial

URBANA – A 37-year-old Savoy man told jurors what it was like being tied up, repeatedly beaten, robbed and thrown in the trunk of a car three times by a man seeking money to repair his damaged vehicle.

No emergency in Mahomet; sirens malfunctioned

MAHOMET - Law enforcement officials say tornado sirens that went off in Mahomet Tuesday night were malfunctioning.

There was no emergency, according to police.

Technicians were on the way to figure out what caused the problem.

Champaign joins state lobbying effort to change police, fire pensions

CHAMPAIGN – The city will join a group of Illinois municipalities looking to reform pension benefit laws for police officers and firefighters after the city council on Tuesday night approved of Champaign's membership.

Rantoul man to stand trial for murder

URBANA — An 18-year-old Rantoul man will stand trial in connection with a fatal shooting south of Rantoul earlier this month.

Judge Tom Difanis on Tuesday found probable cause to try Juan A. Garza on five counts of first-degree murder in the death of Cruz P. Jimenez.

Marquee comes off the Virginia

CHAMPAIGN – A city icon for decades, the neon marquee that hung prominently off the facade of the Virginia Theatre since the 1940s lay in crumpled pieces on Park Street on Tuesday.

Gifford woman arrested over gun incident

URBANA – A Gifford woman who allegedly fired a gun in the air because she was upset with church-goers parking in front of her home Monday night is due back in court next month.

Sixth arrest made in beating of Champaign man

URBANA — A Champaign County judge has ordered that another teen charged in connection with the beating of a Champaign man be held in the detention center.

Work extended at intersection of High, Orchard in Urbana

URBANA — The Urbana Public Works Department reports the intersection of High Street and Orchard Street will continue to be closed to traffic, weather permitting, through 4 p.m. Wednesday to complete sewer construction in that area.

Work to reduce lanes on section of Kirby

CHAMPAIGN — Some lanes on Kirby Avenue will be closed during the day in the coming weeks for power pole and line installation that began Monday.

Both westbound lanes of Kirby Avenue will be closed between Kenwood Road and Duncan Road between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. through Friday.