Two men force way into apartment, attack tenant

CHAMPAIGN — Champaign police are looking for two men who forced their way into an apartment on Champaign’s north side late Wednesday night.

Champaign police spokeswoman Rene Dunn said a resident of the 1500 block of Kiler Drive had returned home and was opening his door shortly after 11 p.m. when two men pushed their way in.

Police catch man who left Pavilion

CHAMPAIGN — Police have caught a 28-year-old man who ran away from the Pavilion in Champaign Thursday afternoon.

Police spokeswoman Rene Dunn said a man who had been transported to the Pavilion from Carbondale ran from the building around noon Thursday.

Dunn said the man ran from the vehicle as it arrived at the Pavilion.

Annual mail carrier food drive Saturday

WASHINGTON (AP) – The annual Stamp Out Hunger drive by the nation's mail carriers will be held Saturday.

Letter carriers collect nonperishable food donations from the public as they walk their routes, and the items are donated to local food banks.

Urbana teen injured by alleged drunk driver who fled

ST. JOSEPH — An Urbana teenager was injured when an alleged drunken driver hit her car in St. Joseph about midnight Wednesday but kept going.

Illinois State Police at Pesotum said Sher A. Dixon, 43, of St. Joseph, was driving a sport utility vehicle east on U.S. 150 when she crossed the center line and hit a small car.

UI reverses course after protests over $450,000 consulting contract

URBANA – The University of Illinois announced Wednesday it would end an expensive contract with a private consulting firm a few days after The News-Gazette first disclosed details about the university's relationship with the firm.

New owners plan to work with city to develop former UI farmland at Philo and Windsor

URBANA – Renee and Adolf Lo of Champaign have purchased the historic Pell Farm in southeast Urbana from the University of Illinois Foundation.

The property, about 160 acres at the southwest corner of Philo and Windsor Roads, was home to the university's orchards and vineyards for half a century.

Reports of recent crime

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Mikva places blame for clout at UI's feet, not legislators'

URBANA – The chairman of a state commission that investigated University of Illinois admissions abuses says the state may want to appoint a new panel to look into reports that House Speaker Michael Madigan exerted influence on behalf of political allies and campaign donors.

Danville police ask for help in solving robbery at Dollar General

DANVILLE – Danville police are seeking the public's help in solving a robbery at a business on the city's east side.

The robbery was reported at 3:48 p.m. April 18 at Dollar General, 100 N. Griffin St.

Champaign school officials change jobs for next year

CHAMPAIGN – Several Champaign school administrators have new assignments for the coming school year.

Judy Wiegand, director of secondary curriculum, will become an assistant superintendent. She'll replace Michael McFarland, who resigned and will become a superintendent for a school district in Texas.