Man accused of beating daughter

URBANA — A Champaign man alleged to have beaten his teen-aged daughter because he was angry with her for becoming pregnant has been charged with two felony offenses.

State's Attorney Julia Rietz said she charged Paul Guy, 43, of the 1300 block of North Neil Street, with aggravated battery and domestic battery with a prior domestic battery conviction.

Alcohol may be factor in fatal collision

UPDATED 10 a.m. WHITE HEATH — Illinois State Police believe alcohol may have played a factor in the death of a motorcyclist from Bondville early Thursday.

Illinois State Police Sgt. Bill Emery said Gordon S. Newman, 50, was killed while the man driving a van who hit him was taken to a local hospital for a chemical test.

Insurance contracts could be extended

SPRINGFIELD — State employees and retirees could see their temporary group health insurance contracts extended until next summer.

A legislative panel is set to meet Aug. 16 in Chicago to take action on a proposal to extend state group health contracts through June 30, 2012.

Arrest brings second 'armed habitual criminal' charge

URBANA — A Champaign man who police say had a loaded gun in a backpack in a city park has been charged with being an armed habitual criminal.

State agency lowers income projections

SPRINGFIELD — The Legislature's revenue-reporting agency has dampened its already conservative revenue projections for the current fiscal year.

The Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability now is projecting only "modest" base increases in income and sales taxes this fiscal year.

New chancellor: UI 'one of the great, great universities'

The new chancellor of the University of Illinois' Urbana campus is a world-recognized leader in biochemistry, a groundbreaker for women and minorities in higher education administration, the former leader of Washington state's biggest university and a "sports student" more than a sports fan.<

International visitors get glimpse of municipal government

URBANA — Berik Torekhan turned away and grunted when a translator told him a grinder the city of Urbana uses at the landscape recycling facility cost more than $300,000.

Reports to police

In crimes reported to area police:


— 1600 block of Joanne Lane: Mini-stereo stolen from vehicle Monday or Tuesday.

— 1200 block of Gertrude Avenue: 1999 Pontiac stolen Tuesday but owner found it, minus jewelry, IDs and credit cards.

Urbana landscape facility to be closed Friday morning

URBANA — Because of road resurfacing, Urbana's Landscape Recycling Center, 1210 E. University Ave., will be closed from 8 a.m. to noon Friday. The center plans to reopen at noon and remain open until 4 p.m. If it rains, the work will be done between 8 a.m. and noon Saturday.

Catlin project will connect two water mains

CATLIN — Village board members said Tuesday that they are a big step closer to connecting two dead-end water main lines on the southeast part of the village.

Barry Voorhees said easement agreements are in place with the owners of the properties that the new six-inch-wide water line will cross.