Urbana School Board nixes proposed cell tower

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A proposed cell phone tower on the Urbana School District campus is no more.  WDWS news reporter Tim Ditman has the story.  Click the "play" icon to listen.


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Veterans on Honor Flight greeted on return home

UPDATED 11 p.m. Tuesday.

SAVOY — Kelly Hattabaugh of Champaign cried as she saw her grandfather, World War II veteran Michael Palmisano, step off the plane from his Honor Flight to Washington on Tuesday night.

Champaign council member resurrects idea of police review board

CHAMPAIGN -- A Champaign City Council member is trying to get some traction toward establishing a citizen's review board to mediate police complaints.

District 1 representative Will Kyles had expressed interest in exploring the creation of the board before and publicly announced his desire during Tuesday night's city council meeting.

Man sentenced to 8 years for indecent solicitation

URBANA — A multiple-convicted felon found guilty of trying to set up a sexual encounter with a teenage girl has been sentenced to eight years in prison.

Champaign County Judge Harry Clem on Friday sentenced Calvin A. Rexroad, 41, of the 2500 block of Prairie Green, Urbana, for indecent solicitation of a child. The maximum he could have received was 10 years.

Firefighters rescue UI worker from lift truck

CHAMPAIGN — Champaign firefighters used a ladder truck to rescue a University of Illinois employee from a malfunctioning lift Tuesday.

Champaign Fire Department spokeswoman Dena Schumacher said about 11:30 a.m., firefighters were called to the Psychology Building, 603 E. Daniel St., where Eric Quinley, a brick mason for the UI, was stranded about 40 feet in the air.

Super-couponing: Shopping with one eye on the other guy's cart

Here's the first column from our new columnist Jill Cataldo. This appeared on Oct. 12 in print. There's a new column and video coming on Oct. 19.

UI student faces felony drug charges

URBANA — A 17-year-old University of Illinois student has been charged with three felonies after police found drugs in his dormitory room over the weekend.

A UI police report said Garrett P. Hoepker, a freshman living in Taft Hall, 1213 S. Fourth St., C, was first given a notice to appear in court after police found cannabis in his room about 2:30 a.m. Saturday.

Consultant: Willard might be better off without UI

SAVOY — Willard Airport may have a better shot at success if it's governed by something other than the University of Illinois, an airport consultant says.

Possible alternatives include creating an airport authority or making the airport a department of city or county government, said Jack Penning of the Sixel Consulting Group.

Who's owed what: A closer look

Here's a look at how some area medical providers owed money by the state are being affected. Listed are their vouchers at the comptroller's office Sept. 8 and what the providers say the state actually owed them on or near that date.

Carle Foundation Hospital and physicians

At the comptroller: $2,796,134; total outstanding: $11.2 million

For health care providers, state owes much more than vouchers show

CHAMPAIGN — Andrew Buffenbarger was expecting a check in the mail from the state of Illinois, but what arrived instead was quite a disappointment.

"Instead of getting a check, we received a letter saying we are not going to get paid for Medicaid services for 120 days," he said.