3rd time's charm for MTD board appointee

URBANA — After two unsuccessful attempts, Champaign resident James Faron has won a five-year appointment to the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District Board. His appointment was approved Thursday by the Champaign County Board.

Audit: $160,000 in LeRoy Replex funds misappropriated

LeROY — External auditors believe more than $160,000 was funneled from the bank accounts of the Replex recreation facility into the pockets of one of its employees over a period of at least three years.

Smashing Pumpkins frontman visits LeRoy

LeROY — Yes, that really was Billy Corgan — lead singer of the Grammy-winning rock band The Smashing Pumpkins — in LeRoy last week.

The visit was part of a new "30 Days" project the Chicago native recently launched, in which he travels the country, recording music and posting videos of his experiences in each town.

UI trustees approve tuition freeze, enrollment expansion plan

URBANA — The University of Illinois will open its doors to more Illinois students for the next five years, and for at least one more year, the price won't go up.

Trustees on Thursday agreed to keep in-state freshman tuition flat for the third straight year and gave their blessing to a plan that would increase enrollment at the UI's three campuses by 15 percent by 2021.

Top of the Morning, Jan. 20, 2017

TODD LINDSEY wanted to see the trophy with his 22-year-old son, ANSON — in the worst way. Nice of the Cubs to help them out.

Urbana resident Todd and Rockford resident Anson met Wednesday in Bloomington. Their mission: an up-close look and picture with the World Series prize.

This day in history, Jan. 20, 2017

Today is Friday, Jan. 20, the 20th day of 2017. There are 345 days left in the year.

Today's highlight:

On Jan. 20, 1942, Nazi officials held the notorious Wannsee conference, during which they arrived at their "final solution" that called for exterminating Europe's Jews.

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Area history, Jan. 20, 2017

Today is Friday, Jan. 20, 2017. Here are local news reports from 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Champaign man gets four more years for second theft

URBANA — A Champaign man already serving a seven-year prison sentence for burglary got another four years in prison after pleading guilty to theft.

Dane Williams, 40, pleaded guilty Thursday before Judge Tom Difanis to theft with a prior theft, admitting that on Sept. 14, he grabbed cash from an open cash drawer at Family Dollar, 1204 N. Market St., C.

Urbana man gets probation in October theft from home

URBANA — An Urbana man with no prior criminal convictions pleaded guilty Thursday to theft for stealing jewelry from an Urbana home in October.

Ah-Shawn Addison, 24, of the 1000 block of South Smith Road was sentenced to two years of probation and ordered to pay, with his two co-defendants, $1,122 in restitution to the homeowner whose items he stole.

Police ID suspect in downtown Champaign bank robbery

CHAMPAIGN — Police have identified a suspect in a Tuesday bank robbery in downtown Champaign.

Police spokeswoman LaEisha Meaderds said officers identified Meco K. Russell, 41, of Champaign, as a suspect in a robbery at Regions Bank, 111 S. State St., after interviewing witnesses.