Provena loses tax exemption again in appellate court ruling

URBANA – Provena Covenant Medical Center will lose its property tax exemption once again.

The 4th District Appellate Court on Wednesday afternoon sided with the Illinois Department of Revenue and local taxing authorities and ruled against the hospital, overturning a circuit court ruling from last summer that restored Covenant's exemption.

Accident on I-57 causes traffic backup

CHAMPAIGN – A one-car rollover on Interstate 57 caused traffic in northbound lanes south of Interstate 74 to back up.


Champaign school district, teachers seek federal mediator

CHAMPAIGN – The Champaign school district and the teachers' union made a joint request Wednesday for a federal mediator.


Blockbuster Video closes South Neil store after lease expires

CHAMPAIGN – Blockbuster Video has closed its store at 1305 S. Neil St., C, leaving two remaining locations in Champaign-Urbana.

The store closed Sunday after its lease expired, according to Randy Hargrove, spokesman for the Dallas-based chain.

Champaign teen charged as adult in carjacking

URBANA – A 16-year-old accused of an armed robbery and carjacking in Urbana is due back in adult court in October.

Anthony Sanders, who listed an address in the 1100 block of North Third Street, Champaign, is due to return to court Oct. 14 for a pretrial hearing.

No foul play suspected in man's death

URBANA – There are no signs of foul play in the death of a man found Monday morning in Urbana, according to Urbana police.

Lt. Bryant Seraphin said Tuesday that no foul play is suspected.

Champaign County courts

URBANA – The following criminal cases were resolved recently in Champaign County Circuit Court with guilty pleas by defendants:

– Willie Hill, 40, of the 1400 block of Holly Hill Drive, was sentenced to 14 years in prison for possession with intent to deliver cannabis. He admitted that on May 17, 2007, he had about 13 pounds of cannabis in the garage of his home, which he shared with his girlfriend, Marita Douglas. Her brother, Bryant Douglas, 31, was recently sentenced to 40 years in prison for possession of that cannabis as well as 1.9 pounds of cocaine in the house.

Driver not injured when train hits truck at Thomasboro elevator

THOMASBORO – A pickup truck driver escaped without injury as a train hit his truck on the tracks by the Thomasboro grain elevator Wednesday morning.


Danville police investigate theft of manhole covers

DANVILLE – Danville police continue to investigate the theft of about a dozen city manhole covers.

Bob Scott, the city's service and operations manager in public works, said the 50-pound lids were taken over the last two weeks.

Area post offices to shorten hours Saturday

CHAMPAIGN – Post offices in Champaign and Urbana will have modified hours this Saturday, postal officials say.

The main Champaign post office at 2001 N. Mattis Ave., C, will be open from 9 a.m. to noon, and the Neil Street station at 600 N. Neil St., C, will be open from 8 a.m. to noon. Station "A" at 302 E. Green St., C, will be closed.