Champaign school board hopefuls share views

CHAMPAIGN – Champaign school board candidates talked to the district's support employees Tuesday evening about their views of the district.

And they heard about some of the needs of the support workers, including more training for computer technicians and a new bus garage.

Danville prison on lockdown after flu surge

DANVILLE – The Danville Correctional Center remains on lockdown following an influenza outbreak that included a few cases of the H1N1 virus.

Visitors won't be allowed into the facility, and inmates' movements will remain limited until the lockdown is lifted, Illinois Department of Corrections spokeswoman Sharyn Elman said.

Champaign council gets update on 'Big Broadband'

CHAMPAIGN – Policy and technical conversations have been going on since Champaign-Urbana received a $22.5 million federal stimulus grant last year, and officials could be ready to break ground on a new high-speed Internet infrastructure by August, organizers told the city council on Tuesday.

Aviators defend institute to UI officials who recommended its closure

URBANA – Dozens of supporters of the Institute of Aviation, two full rows of them in pilot uniforms, called for the University of Illinois to reverse course after a Stewarding Excellence report suggested eliminating the smallest college on the Urbana campus.

Illinois Senate committee approves broader screening for newborns

SPRINGFIELD – With the help of a Mahomet couple and their two young sons, legislation that would expand newborn screening in Illinois to include three more diseases won approval Tuesday from an Illinois Senate committee.

Couple hit by motorist maintained independence in spite of disabilities

CHAMPAIGN – Dave and Cindy Combs were the living embodiment of the mission of the Developmental Services Center.

Offered just a little helping hand, the couple who had intellectual disabilities were able to live fulfilling lives fairly independently in the community.

McMahon defends call to link campaign with another mayoral candidate

DANVILLE – Danville mayoral candidate Jim McMahon said he doesn't believe he did anything wrong in asking fellow candidate David Quick to "merge" their campaigns.

"Why should both of us spend a lot of money saying the same thing?" McMahon said Tuesday night in response to allegations against him.

Man taken to hospital after school bus hits car, minivan

URBANA — One man was treated at a hospital after a three-vehicle accident involving a school bus carrying children early Tuesday.

Urbana police Lt. Rich Surles said officers were sent to the 1200 block of South Vine Street in front of Urbana Middle School at 8:18 a.m. and found a car, minivan and school bus involved.

Man faces two battery charges

URBANA — A Rantoul man is being held at the Champaign County Jail on $10,000 bond following his arrest for battery inside an Urbana church and aggravated battery outside the church.

Masood M. Khan, 20, who listed an address in Rantoul, pleaded innocent on Monday to aggravated battery, resisting a police officer and battery.

Map reading may have distracted driver in car-bike crash

BONDVILLE — Police believe a driver who hit a couple Monday on a tandem bicycle, killing one, may have been distracted by reading a map.