Budget cuts spell trouble for Lincoln's Challenge

SPRINGFIELD – The Lincoln's Challenge Academy program at the former Chanute Air Force Base in Rantoul is facing state budget cuts that will, at the least, delay its scheduled reopening on July 1, the Illinois National Guard said Wednesday.

Straw vote gives go-ahead for lower MTD passes July 1

URBANA — Annual passes for riding local buses will be cheaper starting next month.

Police investigate late-night mugging in Champaign

CHAMPAIGN – Champaign police are investigating a mugging in that city early Tuesday morning.

Deputy Chief Troy Daniels said a 21-year-old Champaign man was walking near Fourth and White streets about 2 a.m. when he was attacked by at least one man.

The sky isn't falling, but the ceiling is

URBANA – Shellee Fuss had just sat down at her desk and fired up her computer about 8 a.m. Wednesday when she got a jolt without the benefit of caffeine.

"The ceiling fell," said the secretary in the state's attorney's office on the second floor of the Champaign County Courthouse.

Driver hurt in unmarked intersection collision

FISHER — A Mahomet man remained hospitalized Wednesday evening with serious injuries he received in a two-vehicle collision at an unmarked intersection south of Fisher Tuesday evening.

Champaign Dems reluctantly ready to OK school tax

URBANA – Champaign County Democrats seem poised to authorize – somewhat reluctantly – the 1 percent school sales tax that county voters approved April 7.

The sales tax for planning, land acquisition, construction and reconstruction of school facilities in the county will go into effect Jan. 1. It will apply to all purchases except automobiles, boats and farm equipment, plus food, drugs and certain medical equipment.

Taste of Champaign-Urbana this weekend

The 2009 Taste of Champaign-Urbana is this weekend at West Side Park.

Woman hurt in Perkins Road accident

URBANA — An Urbana woman was treated and released from Carle Hospital Tuesday after her car rolled over in east Urbana.

Champaign County sheriff's Sgt. Brian Mennenga said Sandra Grein Buck, 67, was driving east in the 2300 block of Perkins Road just east of the Urbana Township shed when her car left the south side of the road.

When it comes to food, sometimes father knows best

We asked our readers if their fathers were great cooks, and we learned there are many fantastic men out there who are wizards at the grill and stove. Their children and wives have sent us recipes for some great main dishes, appetizers, salads and desserts. Some of these recipes you might want to clip and save.

As you read the recipes and the little notes about why these men are special, you'll realize the old saying about food being the way to the heart is true. There's sentimentality attached to these recipes for chicken wings and upside down cakes and all the others – Special memories of dads in the kitchen. Write down your own – and enjoy a happy Father's Day on Sunday.

Medicinal-herbs class looks at plants in different light

URBANA – Catherine Novak believes in the power of herbs – and not just because they're tasty.

In her herbal medicine chest classes – taught at Novak's store, Beads N Botanicals, in Urbana – the Hoopeston woman teaches students how to look at the plants for healing and health properties as well.