Man charged with repair fraud

URBANA — Bond has been set at $5,000 for a South Carolina man accused of taking advantage of a Gifford man in a home-improvement scheme.

Johnny A. Sherlock, 50, who listed an address in North Augusta, S.C., pleaded innocent on Monday to felony aggravated home-repair fraud over $500 and theft by deception.

UI nears halfway point to finding $60 million in savings

The University of Illinois is nearly halfway to its goal of saving $60 million over three years by centralizing functions and eliminating waste.

So far, $26 million in savings have been found, up from $12 million at the beginning of the calendar year. About half of the savings stem from one area, centralized purchasing, and another $6 million-plus comes from information technology.

Hume man dies in single-vehicle crash

CHARLESTON — A Hume man died in a single-vehicle crash east of Charleston on Tuesday morning.

According to a state police report, David W. Shamp, 51, of Hume, was driving a 2001 Toyota Tundra east on Illinois 16 at Coles County Road 2000 E at 9:46 a.m. Tuesday when his vehicle crossed the center line into the westbound lane.

UI's Urbana campus considers electronic communications policy

URBANA — The Urbana campus has never had a formal policy on electronic communications and will soon enact one that could be a model for all three campuses of the University of Illinois.

UI student farm to have open house

URBANA — The University of Illinois Sustainable Student Farm will hold an open house later this week.

The open house will be from 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 1, at the farm, which is located near the intersection of Lincoln Avenue and Windsor Road in south Urbana.

Schools, agencies get state funding for at-risk family programs

The Danville and Urbana school districts, the Center for Children's Services in Danville and the Developmental Services Center in Champaign are a few of the local entities that have won state funding, aimed at helping at-risk infants and toddlers get a leg up on their education and in life.

Fishing club makes offer, but doubts it will be able to buy Dynegy land

NEWTOWN — The Vermilion Fishing Club recently sent another proposal to Dynegy Inc. to buy the lake-front campground the club has been leasing for more than 50 years.

Stuff the Bus starts Wednesday

With diapers, copy paper and other donations rolling in, the second annual Stuff the Bus drive is set to commence Wednesday morning.

Pliura to face Rose for GOP state Senate nomination

LEROY — Illinois Senate candidate Tom Pliura pledged to run a positive campaign, but he's taking veiled shots at his Republican opponent, state Rep. Chapin Rose, R-Mahomet.

Meister will run for chance to oppose Jakobsson

CHAMPAIGN — A young Champaign businessman is seeking the Republican nomination to oppose state Rep. Naomi Jakobsson next year.

Rob Meister, 28, the owner of Minneci's Ristorante in Champaign, is expected to announce his candidacy formally today for the 103rd House District seat that Jakobsson has held since 2003.