Officials still at odds over budget

SPRINGFIELD – A looming deadline and hours of closed-door meetings did little to move Democratic lawmakers closer to a budget deal on Monday.

"I think the lines in the sand have been drawn so deep, it's been very difficult to come to some type of agreement," said State Rep. Marlow Colvin, D-Chicago.

No one injured in three weekend blazes

Fire officials report there were no injuries in three fires over the weekend.

A fire at 2810 Salisbury Court, C, caused an estimated $23,000 damage Friday night, according to Champaign fire Deputy Chief Tim Wild.

Urbana man reports being beaten, robbed

URBANA – An Urbana man reported he was robbed by men who offered to sell him drugs.

The 18-year-old Urbana man told police he went to a store in the 1500 block of East Washington Street about 11:35 p.m. Saturday and was approached by some men about buying drugs, according to an Urbana police report.

When VX goes, FEMA funds go with it

DANVILLE – Destroying the deadly VX nerve agent at the Newport Chemical Depot in Indiana will end a longtime threat to surrounding counties. But ending the danger also ends funding to the Vermilion County Emergency Management Agency, and other agencies, that stand ready for a VX emergency.

By the end of next year, Newport Chemical Depot officials anticipate the last of the VX will be destroyed. And by September of next year, the Vermilion County Emergency Management Agency will lose a significant amount of its funding connected with Newport.

Danville schools to experiment with health initiative

DANVILLE – When Kayla Pickett's daughter comes home from school, she does not always grab the snack her mother wants her to have.

"Kirsten likes candy," Pickett said of her daughter, a kindergartener at Northeast Elementary Magnet School. "I wish she'd have an apple or carrot sticks instead."

Work on new on residence hall to begin next month

CHAMPAIGN – Construction is set to begin next month on a six-story residence hall to replace Presby House, a former women's dormitory run by the McKinley Presbyterian Foundation.

The new building, slated to open in August 2008, will have room for up to 264 men and women, plus two levels of underground parking. It will be covered in red brick to match the nearby McKinley Church and Foundation buildings.

Danville gets ready to go HOG wild

The streets of Danville may look a little bit like Sturgis, S.D., from Thursday to Saturday.

That's because Danville is playing host to the 2007 Illinois State Harley Owner's Group Rally.

City police investigating 2 robberies

Champaign County Crimestoppers and the Urbana Police Department are seeking help in identifying people involved in two armed robberies in Urbana.

At 9:51 p.m. April 28, Urbana police investigated an armed robbery at the Walgreen store, 1809 S. Philo Road, U. A man displayed a handgun to two employees and ordered them to put cash in a bag.

Teen pedestrian struck by car, injured

URBANA – An Urbana teen remained hospitalized Sunday after she was hit by a car Saturday evening.

Derica Kirk, 15, of 205 S. Grove St., was listed in fair condition Sunday at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana.

Mattoon processing plant means new opportunities for farmers

MATTOON – Family Farmers Meats LLC will likely open next winter as one of only two organic meat processing plants in Illinois.

The Mattoon business's Web site says it will be the only certified organic plant in the country to process both poultry and livestock.