Group finds more than 100 homeless are 'most vulnerable'

A survey to find Champaign County's "most vulnerable" homeless identified more than 100 individuals at risk of dying on the street, according to the group that sponsored the poll.

C-U At Home, a church-based group formed earlier this year, conducted the survey this week as part of a national campaign called 100,000 Homes. Preliminary results were announced Friday.

Danville man charged in uncle's death

DANVILLE — A 26-year-old Danville man on Friday pleaded innocent to criminal charges in connection with the Oct. 17 death of his uncle.

Robert C. Matchem was charged in Vermilion County Circuit Court with one count of involuntary manslaughter, a Class 2 felony with special penalty provisions, and one count of aggravated battery, a Class 3 felony.

Frost advisory issued for Saturday morning

     The National Weather Service has issued a frost advisory for central Illinois, in effect from 4 a.m. to 9 a.m. Saturday.

     Counties under the advisory include Champaign, Vermilion, Douglas, Edgar, Coles, Piatt, Moultrie, DeWitt, Macon, and Shelby.

Selfish consumers or smart shoppers? You decide

Email continues to pour in on both sides of the debate regarding coupon shoppers who take multiple in-store coupons.

Wiegand will be Champaign schools' next interim superintendent

CHAMPAIGN — One of the Champaign school district’s assistant superintendents will step in as interim superintendent after the current interim’s time to serve the district runs out.

Police investigate mugging in Urbana

URBANA — Police are investigating a mugging at an east Urbana apartment complex that happened Thursday night.

Child dies in driveway accident

CHAMPAIGN — Champaign police say the death of a child run over by her mother Friday morning in the family driveway was a tragic accident.

Deputy Chief Troy Daniels said tall bushes in front of Colleen Bezich-Miller's home in the 2500 block of Maplewood Drive would have kept her from seeing her 4-year-old daughter run out of the house and into their driveway.

Officers injured while removing man

CHAMPAIGN — A man who police say refused to leave the TIMES Center on Thursday morning was arrested during an incident in which two Champaign police officers were injured.

Legislators reject pay for regional superintendents

SPRINGFIELD — Two more issues generally of interest to Downstate legislators and constituents fell short in roll call votes in the Legislature Thursday.

On Wednesday, it was the effort to override Gov. Pat Quinn's veto of legislation that would have extended Urbana-based Health Alliance's state health insurance contract for two years that fell short.

Ludlow schools will challenge lower assessment of Bell Sports

LUDLOW — The Ludlow school board has agreed it will contest a requested reduction in the assessed value of a Rantoul industry that lies within its boundaries.

Ludlow Grade School Superintendent Dru Lobmaster said Bell Sports, located west of Rantoul, has requested the reduction. The company would pay about $42,000 less in property taxes a year to the school if approved.