Life Remembered: Kirchner brought energy, passion to life's work

URBANA – Robert Kirchner is remembered as a tireless and passionate fighter in both political and legal circles.

Mr. Kirchner, 54, of Urbana died Sunday morning. Friends said he apparently had a heart attack.

Funeral arrangements were incomplete at Renner-Wikoff Chapel and Crematory, 1900 Philo Road, U.

Trial dates set for accused killers

DANVILLE -- Two men could stand trial as early as this spring in connection with a 2007 triple homicide in Danville.

Vermilion County Circuit Judge Michael Clary set jury trials for David L. Moore, 36, of Chicago, and Jerome J. Harris, 26, of Danville, for June 20.

Energy grants will help Rantoul schools replace doors

RANTOUL -- The community's grade school district will use $250,000 in federal energy efficiency grant money to add new entrance doors on four of the district's five school buildings.

The Rantoul City Schools board was informed last week that the district received the funds April 8.

Earth Day program at Anita Purves Nature Center 2011

 At the Anita Purves Nature Center  in Urbana, IL. Monday, April 18, 2011 students took part in five E.A.R.T.H. Day stations and learned about local foods, recycling, MTD hybrid bus; added to an eco-art project and took a guided hike in Busey Woods. 

Urbana council clears indoor soccer facility

URBANA The city council on Monday gave final approval to the construction of an indoor soccer facility to be called Soccer Planet in north Urbana, and project organizers hope it will fill a service gap left every year when it gets too cold to play outside.

Survey says homelessness up by more than 10 percent

URBANA -- The latest survey on homelessness found 549 homeless people in Champaign County, including 163 children.

The Urbana-Champaign Continuum of Care, a group of agencies and governmental units working to end homelessness, surveyed the area's homeless population during a one-week period in late January.

Champaign Tea Party Rally 2011

The Champaign Tea Party Rally is held on tax day at West Side Park in Champaign on Monday. 

Blue Ridge schools will have police presence after bomb threat

FARMER CITY – Entrances to Blue Ridge schools will be secured starting Tuesday morning after the school district received a bomb threat Monday afternoon.

The district said Monday afternoon that it had "received a bomb threat for a future date" at Blue Ridge High School and was putting its crisis management plan into effect.

Make Them Pay

On Tax Day, Champaign-Urbana residents protest  Chase Bank. MoveOn members and others gathered at West Side Park at noon Monday and walked to Chase Bank on University Ave. to deliver a tax bill. Events similar to the one in CU are taking place all over the country today. 

Teen pleads guilty in final case in Sola beating

URBANA -- A sixth teen charged in connection with the beating of a Champaign man faces up to three years in juvenile prison when he is sentenced by Judge Harry Clem on May 19.