Former director sues to recover money from Danville group

DANVILLE – A trial is set for this afternoon in a small-claims lawsuit filed by the former executive director of Renaissance Danville Inc. against the nonprofit organization.

Bob Yapp of Danville filed the claim on Oct. 11 in Vermilion County Circuit Court, claiming Renaissance owes him more than $6,000.

Educators fear students have a lack of motivation

Last April, Oakwood educators had no problem getting high school juniors to show up to take the two-day Prairie State Achievement Exam.

But they're still working on getting the students to take the test seriously and give it their all.

Danville inspection blitzes set to start

DANVILLE – By this time last year, the city's new neighborhood services coordinator had cited nearly 270 property violations as part of a new approach to cleaning up the city.

Now, with more than 600 violations and a year behind him, Tracy Stebbins will once again begin inspection blitzes to prepare for winter. The next one is scheduled for Thursday in an area north of Main Street, south of Fairchild Street and east of Griffin Street.

Judge allows girls' interviews in trial

URBANA – The jury hearing sexual molestation charges against former Urbana school teacher Jon White will have to decide if the children he's accused of abusing are credible.

Not only will they hear from the children, but the jurors will also hear statements the children made to investigators.

Police see results in speed enforcement

CHAMPAIGN – A crackdown on speeders in Champaign is apparently making a difference on some streets.

Sgt. Dave Griffet, coordinator of a Champaign Police Department project on speeding enforcement, said a check of four targeted enforcement zones showed reductions in speeding violations in all four.

Negotiations over Monticello land continue

MONTICELLO – The city is still negotiating with a local prairie preservationist to use land from a former railroad corridor for a bike path and a second entrance to Apple Tree subdivision.

But Alderman Chris Corrie, who has been working with Alderman Vince Kuetemeyer to negotiate the purchase of land from Heartland Pathways' David Monk, said he's frustrated by the lack of progress. The two parties have been negotiating for at least 11 years.

Unit 4 board gives budget wish list, names vision committee

CHAMPAIGN – The wish list of what Champaign school board members would like to see the district pay for includes everything from expanded foreign language offerings to making buildings more energy-efficient to more library clerks.

Chief Financial Officer Gene Logas asked board members to give him their ideas of programs they'd like to see the district invest in, at Monday's school board meeting. By presenting their ideas early in the budget process, the initiatives they suggest stand a better chance of being included in the district's budget next year, he said.

Extradition hearing set for today for suspect in Haigh murders

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – A Tennessee man accused of the double murder of Jerry and Sue Haigh of Champaign waived extradition Monday on a fugitive warrant from Indiana and is expected to return to court today on a fugitive warrant from Illinois.

Kenneth Sean Kelly, 35, whose last known address was in Johnson City, Tenn., was arrested Saturday by local police there on a warrant for probation violation from Monroe County, Ind.

No trick: Students need your donations

Some students from Danville High School and University Laboratory High School in Urbana will be out trick-or-treating on Wednesday evening, but they won't be asking for the typical mini-candy bars, candied apples and wax vampire teeth.

Instead, they're hoping to score canned goods, boxes of macaroni and cheese and jars of peanut butter.

Danville business owner indicted for theft, fraud, forgery

DANVILLE – A Danville businessman has been indicted on charges of theft, forgery and fraud involving the operation of his license and title business, according to the Illinois Department of Revenue.

John Clark, 42, of Danville, was indicted by a Vermilion County grand jury Friday on three counts of theft, nine counts of forgery and 11 counts of fraudulent filing of tax returns as the operator of Shannon's License Shop, a title and license business that operated at 206 E. South St. in Danville, according to a release from the Department of Revenue.