Urbana school board hears funding plans for early childhood center

URBANA — Taxpayers may be paying for a planned early childhood center and addition to Prairie Elementary School until Jan. 1, 2029, under a proposal being considered by the Urbana school board.

The early childhood center would be built east of Prairie Elementary School, according to Ota Dossett, director of facilities services.

COGFA authorizes one-year insurance negotiation

CHICAGO — A legislative commission Tuesday authorized the Quinn administration to negotiate group health insurance contract extensions with Health Alliance and PersonalCare that will run until June 30, 2012.

But lawmakers also warned the health insurers that they shouldn't expect to get a significant rate increase from the state.

UI emergency alert test goes smoothly

URBANA — Tuesday's test of the new emergency alert system at the University of Illinois appears to have resolved problems that previously delayed sending some messages to email users, according to UI spokeswoman Robin Kaler.

The Illini-Alert system sends email and text messages in the event of a campus emergency.

Teen enters plea for shooting his mother

URBANA — An Ivesdale teen who told police he had been planning to shoot his mother for three days has pleaded guilty in connection with her shooting last December.

The 15-year-old boy pleaded guilty on Tuesday in Champaign County juvenile court to aggravated battery with a firearm.

Champaign man faces cocaine charge

URBANA — A Champaign man accused of having crack cocaine intended for sale has been charged with that offense as well as domestic battery.

A Champaign police report said Anton M. Clark, 20, who listed an address in the 1500 block of King's Way Drive, was arrested about 4:45 p.m. Monday for battering his 18-year-old girlfriend.

UHS athletic complex ceremony delayed

URBANA — The kickoff at the new Urbana High School athletic complex will have to wait a few extra weeks — construction troubles have delayed its completion, and an opening ceremony scheduled for this Friday has been canceled.

Boys charged in Villa Grove fire

TUSCOLA — The Douglas County state's attorney has filed charges against two youths accused of setting fire to an abandoned building in Villa Grove last week.

Champaign increases enforcement as UI resumes

CHAMPAIGN — The city says it will be cracking down on trash.

Over the next two weeks, as University of Illinois students move into town, Champaign will be increasing enforcement in the campus area in an attempt to eliminate large accumulations of trash and overflowing Dumpsters.

Charges filed for shot fired on UI campus

URBANA — Two men are due back in court later this month after being charged in connection with firing a gun into the air on the University of Illinois campus over the weekend.

Woman injured when her motorcycle hits truck

RANTOUL — A Paxton woman was seriously injured early Tuesday after her motorcycle crashed into the back of a work truck with flashing lights.

Illinois State Police at Pesotum said Cordelia Geiken, 44, of Paxton was driving south on Interstate 57 at Rantoul at 7:16 a.m. when she ran into the back of a work truck parked in the left lane.