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Fisher Fair Costume Contest

The Livestock Costume Contest at the Fisher Community Fair in Fisher on Thursday, July 10, 2014.


Judge to rule on whether teen found with loaded gun will be tried as an adult

URBANA — A hearing will be held later this summer to determine whether a teen found with a loaded gun in Douglass Park one day before his 18th birthday will be charged as an adult.


Loda OKs payment to contractor

LODA — The village board has signed off on its completed drainage project, which was funded by a federal grant, and agreed to pay contractor Steve Meuser the $59,400 it owes him.


Man sentenced to 10 years for attempted criminal sexual assault

URBANA — A previously convicted sex offender was sentenced Thursday to 10 years in prison for trying to rape a woman as she walked on a city street last fall.

John Danny Miller, 36, who last lived in the 200 block of South Hartle Avenue, Urbana, pleaded guilty Thursday before Judge Harry Clem to attempted criminal sexual assault.


Judge sentences stalker to nine years

URBANA — A Champaign County judge Wednesday called an Urbana man, convicted of stalking his ex-girlfriend for months, "bright but diabolical."

Judge Tom Difanis imposed an extended prison term of nine years on Michael Brooks, 36, who listed an address in the 1000 block of East Kerr Avenue — the same apartment complex in which the woman he victimized lived.


Updated: Groce raise: $100,000


Illini basketball coach John Groce would get a $100,000 raise and a one-year contract extension under a plan presented to UI trustees Thursday.


Man wanted in Champaign shooting turns self in

URBANA — One of two men wanted in connection with a northwest Champaign shooting last month turned himself into authorities early Thursday.

Paul E. Craig, 39, whose last known address was in the 1200 block of Paula Drive, Champaign, was booked into the Champaign County Jail just before 2 a.m. on charges of being an armed habitual criminal and unlawful use of weapons.


On the money, July 10, 2014

A local look at the cost of doing business:

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Economic development chief sets sights on budget

CHAMPAIGN — The new executive director of the Champaign County Economic Development Corp. said he is determined that the group has a break-even budget for the fiscal year that began July 1.

On Wednesday, the group's board of directors approved a core budget of $468,000 that calls for a steep increase in private-sector giving and a leaner staff.


Jim Dey: Website wants every tax dime online

Most East Central Illinois residents probably haven't heard about the controversy involving a suburban community college president caught scheming about how to extract $20 million in state funds that his campus didn't need.


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