Remains found in rural Sadorus identified as Arnette

URBANA – Human remains found near Sadorus are those of Naomi Arnette, confirmed officials today.

"Dental records and other evidence confirm that the body found south of Sadorus is Naomi L. Arnette," said Champaign County Sheriff Dan Walsh and Coroner Duane Northrup in a press release.

Urbana wants more studies on neighborhood conservation

URBANA – Urbana aldermen aren't comfortable yet with the concept of neighborhood conservation districts.

So, after discussing the issue for more than an hour, the city council voted Monday night to table it until the Nov. 5 meeting.

Two teens arrested in car theft

URBANA – Two teens were arrested by Urbana police for having a car stolen from a garage in Champaign.

Aaron Dix, 17, who listed an address in the 1600 block of North Mattis Avenue, Champaign, was arraigned Monday on a felony charge of possession of a stolen vehicle.

Couple facing federal bank robbery charges

URBANA – A young Rantoul couple, who officials said had a baby in their getaway car, is being held on federal charges for robbing a Rantoul bank Friday.

Making their initial appearances Monday at U.S. District Court in Urbana on charges of armed bank robbery were Ahkeem J. Thomas, 19, and Krystal Brown, 18, both of 406 Marco Drive, Rantoul. Magistrate Judge David Bernthal ruled there is probable cause to proceed to a federal grand jury for both of them.

Restoration Urban Ministries selling properties to raise cash

For sale: One small working-class neighborhood. Tenants available. Some TLC required. Asking price: $1 million.

Five yellow-brick duplexes, four homes and an empty lot owned by Restoration Urban Ministries were put on the market this week to help the beleaguered agency raise much-needed cash.

Urbana group seeking switch to instant runoff voting

URBANA – A proposal on the way Urbana conducts its mayoral and aldermanic elections could be on the Feb. 5, 2008, ballot.

Citizens for Instant Run-off Voting – a group of about 15 volunteers – filed petitions with the Urbana city clerk's office Friday to hold a binding referendum asking voters whether they would like to change from single plurality to instant runoff voting for elected city positions.

House budget vote set today

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois House is expected to override $463 million worth of budget cuts today, but the governor's amendatory veto will stand unless the Senate takes similar action. As of Monday, that appeared unlikely.

"I think it's a foregone conclusion that this House will overwhelmingly override the veto of the governor," said state Rep. Shane Cultra, R-Onarga. "Then it goes to the Senate and nothing happens."

Monticello union, district reach tentative settlement

MONTICELLO – The Monticello Education Association has reached a tentative settlement with the Monticello school district after negotiating teams met with a federal mediator Monday night.

Union President Cristin McMullen said the tentative agreement was reached after three or four hours of bargaining. She said the union, made up of 150 teachers, cooks and custodians, will meet tonight to learn about and discuss the possible contract.

Electronic billboard may light up Danville landscape

DANVILLE – An electronic billboard is just what the city needs, frequent traveler Robert Harper said.

Harper drives an average 15 hours a week and said that, generally speaking, electronic billboards are more helpful to motorists because they are easier to see.

Education, agriculture top Eisenhauer's agenda

DANVILLE – A passion for local government and encouragement from St. Joseph's mayor prompted Mayor Scott Eisenhauer to make a run for state representative.

Eisenhauer, R-Danville, announced Monday that he plans to seek state Rep. Bill Black's seat in the 2008 election.