Federal grant to help Champaign nonprofits with energy efficiency

CHAMPAIGN – Some city nonprofit agencies could become more energy efficient with help from federal funds passed down through the city of Champaign.

Champaign received $763,200 from the Department of Energy's energy efficiency and conservation block grant this year, and city officials designated $100,000 of that to give free energy audits to nonprofit groups.

Carle asks judge to stop Revenue hearing on tax status

URBANA – The Carle Foundation is asking a Champaign County judge to stop the Illinois Department of Revenue from conducting an administrative hearing next month on the taxable status of Carle's hospital properties in Urbana.

Disinfectants in pools may make water more toxic, UI researcher says

URBANA – Few people would likely relish the idea of swimming in a public pool if the water wasn't disinfected.

After all, swimming pools are full of people, and those disinfectants help protect swimmers from germs in the water that can make them sick.

Reports to police

In crimes reported to area police:


Urbana woman charged with forgery over deposit from iHotel

URBANA – An Urbana woman has been charged with forgery for allegedly trying to steal money from the University of Illinois.

State's Attorney Julia Rietz said Kelli C. Kindle, 26, who listed an address in the 1200 block of Tremont Street, was arrested Thursday by UI police.

Demolition Derby

The first night of the Champaign County Fair in Urbana featured the Demolition Derby.

Urbana man charged with burglary

URBANA – An Urbana man caught Thursday night as he left a home in northwest Champaign has been charged with residential burglary.

State's Attorney Julia Rietz said a neighbor saw a man enter a home in the 1600 block of King's Way Drive by removing a screen and opening a window about 6:45 p.m. Thursday.

Woman charged with DUI in wreck that destroyed railroad signal in Champaign

URBANA – A Champaign woman is due back in court in September after being charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs.

Champaign police spokeswoman Rene Dunn said Erika Evans, 31, of county road 1600 N, "destroyed" a Canadian National railroad signal in a single-vehicle crash early Thursday morning in west Champaign.

Fire damages house, garage in Paxton

PAXTON – Investigators with the state fire marshal's office were at the scene of a fire that destroyed an attached garage and damaged a home around noon Friday on Paxton's east side.

Paxton firefighters spent more than an hour battling the blaze, which was reported at 11:20 a.m. at 451 E. Patton St.

Teen pleads guilty in fatal accident involving texting

URBANA – A Champaign teen who admitted he was texting at the time he hit a pedestrian in Urbana who later died of his injuries has pleaded guilty.

Young J. Kim, 19, of the 3900 block of Balmoral Drive, pleaded guilty Friday in Champaign County Circuit Court to failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident and texting while driving.