CHAMPAIGN – The last thing an actor wants to do is judge his or her character, Alan Rickman says.
"It's particularly a challenge to play people who actually lived, like Rasputin or Michael Collins," said Rickman, who has portrayed the Russian mystic and the Irish independence leader. "I feel a huge responsibility not to judge them."
TUSCOLA – Area computer users will have a chance to put a Tuscola candy shop on the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric.
Flesor's Candy Kitchen in downtown Tuscola is one of three businesses selected by CBS correspondent Steve Hartman for his weekly "Assignment America" feature.
DANVILLE – City officials plan to apply for a state grant soon to help with the renovation of Carver Park.
Local leaders asked the public in February for ideas, suggestions and volunteers to help steer the park's future. An independent redesign committee has since formed and meets every two weeks.
DANVILLE – Two of six Russian nationals, who were arrested in late March after trying to get driver's licenses in Tilton using false information, could stand trial this summer.
Vermilion County Circuit Judge Nancy Fahey on Thursday found probable cause to try Yulia Polkhova, 21, and Eketerina Kozlova, 22 – both of whom listed addresses in Ocean City, Md. – on one count of perjury apiece.
TILTON – A planned enterprise expansion at the Vermilion County Airport appears to be back on track, although the size of the expansion has changed, and the proposal still needs approval from the village board that rejected it.
Two weeks ago, the Tilton Village Board unanimously voted against expanding the enterprise zone to the airport, but Thursday night, the board held a special meeting to discuss the proposal again.
DANVILLE – Fiber artist Charlotte Main has fermented mud with a Yoruba tribesman in Nigeria, made paper with a Japanese Living National Treasure and dyed cloth with a "blue man of the desert" in Morocco.
This month, she has been at Liberty Elementary School in Danville, teaching pupils about the different countries she has visited, people she has met and cultures she has experienced through art.
SPRINGFIELD – Illinois took another step toward a statewide smoking ban on Thursday, when the House environmental health committee approved it on a 10-to-2 vote.
"Today's vote ý is a victory for the health and well-being of the people of Illinois, and moves us one step closer to our goal to pass the Smoke Free Illinois Act," said a statement from Clement Rose, president of the American Cancer Society's Illinois division.
URBANA – A Champaign man who allegedly possessed cocaine apparently intended for sale is due back in court next month.
Yojevol Sturkey, 27, who listed an address in the 1500 block of Garden Hills Drive, was charged Tuesday with unlawful possession with intent to deliver cocaine.
URBANA – An Urbana man who tried to use a stolen credit card at a Champaign business was acquitted of a felony charge Wednesday.
A Champaign County jury Wednesday deliberated more than four hours before finding Robert R. Wilson, 34, who listed an address in the 1200 block of North Coler Avenue, not guilty of burglary for entering the Wal-Mart store on North Prospect Avenue on Jan. 28, intending to use the stolen credit card.
URBANA – A 21-year-old Champaign man who told police he was selling cannabis was charged Wednesday with nine felony counts.
Andrew Huddle, who listed an address in the 1900 block of Karen Court, was charged with armed violence, possession with intent to deliver cannabis, possession of cannabis, possession of LSD, and defacing identification marks on a firearm.