Summary of Champaign, Urbana burglary reports in August

The Champaign County dispatching agency fielded 168 reports of burglaries during August in Champaign and Urbana.

Statistics from Metropolitan Computer-Aided Dispatch, which dispatches Champaign and Urbana police and most other emergency agencies in Champaign County, show 118 reports of burglary in Champaign and 50 in Urbana.

State's revenue up a bit, but don't get excited

SPRINGFIELD – Illinois revenue improved a bit last month, but an official with the state's Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability cautioned that one month does not make a trend.

The personal income tax – the state's largest revenue source – gained 7.4 percent or $47 million last month compared with August 2009.

More potential mayor candidates in Danville

DANVILLE – Two more people have picked up nominating petition packets for mayor of Danville.

If all eight residents file in November, it would force a February primary before the April 5 election.

UI research planned on exercise, dialysis

CHAMPAIGN – Kidney failure and dialysis treatments can take a big toll on a life.

Could dialysis patients begin to feel better, move better and avoid some other negative health outcomes if they did two things while they're undergoing their treatments – consuming some extra protein and exercising?

Cancer society seeks help from cosmetologists

SPRINGFIELD – Cancer treatments can take a toll on a woman's appearance, but cosmetologists willing to volunteer a little time can help give cancer patients a boost of confidence.

The American Cancer Society is looking for licensed cosmetologists in 35 Illinois counties to help with the next series of Look Good ... Feel Better programs.

Danville school board contract offer

The Danville school board offered this package proposal to the Danville Education Association on Aug. 16:

Washington Elementary students get sneak peek at new school

CHAMPAIGN – The students at Washington Elementary School have been wondering how the construction of their new school is going.

On Friday morning, they got to see for themselves. The entire school took a field trip to the construction site, to see what it looked like and to sign a steel beam that will soon become part of the building.

Danville police officer has 30 days to decide on appeal

DANVILLE – A Danville police officer who was fired for pulling his gun during an off-duty incident at a local restaurant has about 30 days to appeal a court decision upholding an arbitrator's ruling that the city was justified in the firing.

Work planned for Illinois 1 from Belgium to Westville

Weather permitting, resurfacing is scheduled to begin Tuesday on Illinois 1/U.S. 150 from Lyons Road in Belgium to the south city limit of Westville in Vermilion County, the Illinois Department of Transportation has announced.

Site of fatal fire to be rebuilt in Urbana

URBANA – Abbas Kazemi said after a young woman died from injuries she received in a rental home he owns, it took him months to go back in the house.

"It's been a very, very heartbreaking situation for me," said the Champaign man.

Kazemi owns the house at 814 W. Stoughton St., U, where a May 28 fire swept through while several young people slept.