URBANA – A 20-year-old Champaign man whose conviction for a murder almost two years ago was overturned is now free, pending an appeal by prosecutors.
Judge Harry Clem ruled Tuesday in Champaign County Circuit Court in Urbana that prosecutors gave no compelling reasons to continue to hold William Lee in jail.
CHAMPAIGN – Take a look at the goals of the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District, and you'll see two of them – prevention of disease and promoting a healthy lifestyle.
Nowhere does it say the local health district should be taking care of sick kids and otherwise providing primary medical care to local folks who can't get an appointment at Carle Clinic, Christie Clinic or Frances Nelson Health Center.
CHAMPAIGN – The former Burnham City Hospital site would be transformed into a mixed-use urban neighborhood with a 12-story luxury apartment building, 64 townhouses and a pedestrian-oriented grocery and commercial area at Fourth Street and Springfield Avenue under the vision of a Highland Park developer.
The Champaign City Council voted unanimously in study session Tuesday to select that developer, The Pickus Companies of Highland Park, to redevelop the Burnham site.
SPRINGFIELD – State scholarships for low-income college students will increase for the first time in three years, the Illinois Student Assistance Commission has announced.
Over the last three years, the size of each grant in the state's Monetary Award Program actually shrank, while college tuition and fees increased significantly.
CHAMPAIGN – A Champaign Police Department study shows that one-third of the people stopped for traffic offenses in Champaign during 2004 were black – even though blacks make up a smaller percentage of the city's driving population.
City officials said the data, which was sent to the Illinois Department of Transportation under a new state law that requires collection of such traffic stop information, shows that a racial disparity exists in traffic stops in Champaign.
RANTOUL – Attorneys Ken Beth and David Krchak will be allowed to continue to defend the Rantoul Village Board in a lawsuit filed by a former fire chief.
Judge Michael Q. Jones Monday rejected a motion by Champaign attorney Edward Rawles to disqualify Beth and Krchak from representing the village board and Mayor Neal Williams in connection with the dismissal of former Fire Chief Richard Quick.
URBANA – A DeWitt man faces prison for embezzling money from his former employer, Roberson Transportation.
Judge Thomas Difanis on Monday sentenced Daniel Wilson, 31, to three years in prison with credit for one day already served in jail. The judge said probation would not be appropriate as a sentence. He also ordered restitution.
SPRINGFIELD – The state must phase out all financial ties with the Republic of Sudan under legislation Gov. Rod Blagojevich signed over the weekend.
"This bill sends a clear message to the Sudanese government – the people of Illinois will not condone human rights abuses and genocide, we will take our money elsewhere," said a statement from the governor.
DEWITT – Like a lot of folks last weekend, Kalob Followell - had been hot and sweaty.
But Kalob was unusually cool when he discovered a fire in his bedroom early Sunday.
Corn is almost a foot shorter than last year. The leaves are curling in response to stress. And a slew of insects, from spider mites to rootworm larvae, have infected corn and soybean fields.
Vermilion County farmer Lonnie Shelton boiled it down this way: "Some years are good, and some are not."