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In crimes reported to area police:

CHAMPAIGN

— 600 block of Castleton Drive: Unknown person fired gunshots into a 36-year-old woman's home about 2:40 a.m. Sunday, damaging a window, appliance, door frame and outside of home.

183 tickets issued during weeks-long enforcement blitz

DANVILLE — The Danville Police Department handed out more than 180 tickets in a blitz that ended Tuesday.

From May 13 through Tuesday, Danville police conducted a "Click It or Ticket" enforcement effort to remind drivers to wear their seat belts and to not drive impaired.

State budget 'very good news,' could mean raises at UI

URBANA — The state budget crafted for fiscal 2012 will mean a 1.15 percent funding cut for the University of Illinois, but it's actually "very good news," a top UI official said Tuesday.

Lions Club in Loda hit by fire

LODA — The Loda Lions Club building sustained heavy damage from a fire late Tuesday afternoon, Loda's fire chief said, but no injuries were reported.

Loda Fire Chief Harold Ecker said volunteer firefighters from Loda and Buckley were dispatched at 5:42 p.m. to a report of a fire inside the building, at 108 N. Chestnut St., directly next to the Loda firehouse.

Danville mayor: 'Full-on pitch' to governor needed for casino bill

SPRINGFIELD — Moments after the Illinois Senate approved expanded gambling in Illinois — by the narrowest of margins — Danville Mayor Scott Eisenhasuer said his work had just begun.

A gaming bill that includes a riverboat casino for Danville passed the Senate 30-27, with two senators voting present. The bill needed 30 votes to pass.

15-year-old pleads in Champaign child porn case

URBANA — A Champaign teen who admitted downloading child pornography to his home computer faces penalties ranging from probation to juvenile prison next month.

The 15-year-old boy pleaded guilty in Champaign County Circuit Court Tuesday to aggravated child pornography.

Teens charged in attack at bus stop in Champaign

URBANA — Three Champaign teens accused in connection with an armed attack on a woman at a bus stop last week were charged Tuesday in Champaign County Circuit Court.

Two of the youths are 16 and were charged in juvenile court while the third, Emanuel Spencer-Jackson, 19, of the 1100 block of Waters Edge Drive, was charged as an adult.

Champaign man gets 25 years in DUI case as Class X felon

URBANA — A Champaign man with a long history of felony convictions was sentenced Tuesday to 25 years in prison for his third driving under the influence conviction.

Kenneth Dalton, 43, who listed an address in the 2600 block of Campbell Drive, was convicted by a Champaign County jury in April of driving while drunk in Savoy on Dec. 24, 2010.

Gambling expansion closer to approval

 

SPRINGFIELD -- A massive gambling expansion plan moved another step toward passage Tuesday morning as the Senate Executive Committee moved the bill on an 8-4 vote, with three Republican senators voting "present."

Procedures ready for civil unions

URBANA — The Champaign County clerk's office is ready to begin issuing civil union licenses with the implementation of Illinois' civil union law on June 1, according to County Clerk Gordy Hulten.