Danville police identify suspect in credit union robbery

DANVILLE – Danville police have identified the man suspected in the armed robbery of the Education Personnel Federal Credit Union as 19-year-old David Rangel of Danville.

The robbery occurred at 2:19 p.m. Jan. 27 at the credit union, 1102 N. Walnut St., Danville.

Monticello to inspect sump pumps

MONTICELLO – The city has announced its first course of action to help solve storm water drainage problems.

City staff presented a sump pump inspection program to the city council on Monday. The program is designed to find sump pumps that are illegally hooked up to the city's sanitary sewer system.

State EPA assisting Homer with sewer plan

HOMER – State environmental officials are working with Homer to update the village's sewer plans.

Mayor David Lucas on Monday told the village board about progress toward a sewage treatment plant.

Gifford police chief says size of force won't change

GIFFORD – Gifford Police Chief Sean Weary said Tuesday that the number of officers in this community of 900 will remain the same despite concerns in some quarters that the department might be too large.

A survey and letter mailed to residents by a group of Gifford business people recently asked if the village really needed a police force of one full-time officer and five part-time officers. The survey asked whether village money could be put to better use.

Rantoul's stray pets now headed to Champaign County shelter

RANTOUL – Rantoul pet owners who lose their cats and dogs will need to drive to Urbana to reclaim their pets starting next week.

The Rantoul Village Board voted 6-0 Tuesday to approve an intergovernmental agreement with the Champaign County Animal Control facility to board lost and stray pets through the end of the 2009-2010 budget year.

UI budget input can now be submitted at Web site

Say you've got an idea on how the university can save money. Where can you pitch that idea?

The office of the provost, which handles budgeting matters for the University of Illinois' Urbana campus, has added a new feature to its Web site,, that focuses specifically on the university's budget situation.

Maintenance crew blamed for Danville apartment building fire

DANVILLE – A fire that destroyed a Green Meadow Apartments building on Feb. 7 apparently was started by a maintenance crew working in one of the units, an official said.

Danville Public Safety Director Larry Thomason said workers told authorities the crew was using a torchlike tool, when it ignited some materials in the wall. The unit was on the second floor in the center of the building, which had 16 units.

Champaign council changes procedures for going into closed session

CHAMPAIGN – City council members unanimously approved a proposal Tuesday to open up some of their procedures for going into closed session.

Meeting in study session, the council gave its approval to City Attorney Fred Stavins to revise council rules for procedures for going into closed session.

Children: Woman killed by drunken driver liked to help others

URBANA – Mauna Adams had an artistic flair that ranged from landscaping her boyfriend's yard with flowers and ponds to putting a curl in an elderly woman's hair.

"She was an artist. She drew all kinds of things. Her artwork is just amazing," said her oldest daughter, Tiffany Olsen, 38, of Greenfield, Ind.

UI initiative aims to centralize services on campus

The University of Illinois is rolling out an initiative aimed at centralizing certain services, such as human resources and information technology, on campus.

They're called shared service centers, and the idea is to pool resources to consolidate certain business functions and improve service, according to university officials.