Champaign man sentenced to 90 years in shootings

URBANA — A Champaign man with a history of gun-related convictions was sentenced Thursday to 90 years in prison for the murder of one man and the wounding of another at a Champaign night club more than two years ago.

Boil order in effect for Loda residents

LODA — Until further notice, all village residents are being advised to boil their water before drinking it.

Crash kills Danville man, injures teen

A 39-year-old Danville man was killed Wednesday night when his van collided with a sport utility vehicle driven by a 15-year-old Hoopeston girl just north of Hoopeston in Iroquois County.

Quinn will wait on pension bill; UI will wait on borrowing, too

Gov. Pat Quinn says he will act on a bill allowing public universities to borrow money to cover a state funding shortfall after he signs a state pension borrowing plan.

State police will be on lookout for 'fatal five' all weekend

PESOTUM – Illinois State Police want motorists to know they'll be on the interstates and in towns during the Memorial Day weekend.

"The mantra we're giving out is 'Stay Alive. Focus on the Drive,'" Sgt. William Emery said. "We're looking for the fatal five: DUIs, seat belts, improper lane usage, following too closely and speeding."

Danville considers new category of liquor license mostly for downtown use

DANVILLE – At the request of one downtown business, the city is considering creating a new, separate liquor license for wine.

Unique Boutique, a clothing and gift shop at 30 N. Vermilion St., would like to sell gift baskets that include wine and also wants to sell wine to customers for consumption on site.

Urbana launches new municipal website

URBANA – An updated website for the city of Urbana will focus more on functions and issues rather than municipal government departments.

Bill DeJarnette, director of information services for Urbana, said the new site – – will officially launch Thursday.

Campus voting legislation revived, moves on to Illinois Senate

SPRINGFIELD – House members have brought back to life legislation that would require officials in counties with public universities to offer an early voting site on campus before this fall's general election.

Champaign in midst of remaking its website

CHAMPAIGN – In the middle of a $31,000 process to update the city's website, officials are hoping to make information easier to find and become more "interactive with the customers."

Bad news turns into good for Danville school district workers who get their jobs back

DANVILLE – About 2 months after some Danville schools staff got the news that they were losing their jobs as part of the district's reduction in force, they got more news – only this time it was good.

Eleven teachers, 16 teaching assistants and a social worker were called back for the next school year.