Champaign man may make another run for mayor

CHAMPAIGN – At least one potential challenger to Mayor Jerry Schweighart has picked up election petitions from the city clerk.

Charles W. Mingee, who listed an address in northwest Champaign, picked up an election packet on Wednesday, according to city documents.

Mingee could not be reached for comment on Friday.

Report says UI could do better job with major fundraising efforts

URBANA – The University of Illinois could greatly improve its major gifts campaign, according to a report of the office of the Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement.

The report notes that, as of fiscal year 2009, the Urbana campus was ninth in total gift income and 10th in endowment market value of the 11 schools of the Big Ten.

Governor says income tax increase will pass if he's re-elected

CHAMPAIGN – His newly revised income tax increase plan, Gov. Pat Quinn said Friday, includes calling on school districts to use property tax cuts to return about one-third of the new money they'd receive.

Tolono woman charged with identity theft in bank loan

URBANA – An employee of Busey Bank who allegedly took out a loan in a relative's name without her permission has been charged with financial identity theft.

Man sentenced to 38 years for Champaign robbery

URBANA – A 21-year-old Champaign man who robbed a fast-food restaurant employee at gunpoint, then used the gun to bludgeon her, was sentenced Friday to 38 years in prison.

Urbana man sentenced to prison over delivery robberies

URBANA – An Urbana man has been sentenced to five years in prison for slugging three food delivery men on consecutive nights and robbing them of cash and food in Champaign.

Convicted sex offender faces new charges involving young girl

URBANA – An Urbana man with prior sex-related convictions is being held on $1 million bond after having been charged Friday with molesting a 10-year-old girl.

Fire in outbuildings at residence east of Tuscola

CAMARGO — Firefighters from five departments are on the scene of a fire east of Tuscola in Douglas County.

Douglas County Sheriff Charlie McGrew said firefighters were called to the home of Dave Hackett on U.S. 36 just after 2 p.m. It’s believed that a machine shed and possibly a barn are on fire.

Champaign man charged with sex assault

CHAMPAIGN –  A 30-year-old Champaign man is due back in court in October after being charged Friday in connection with a sexual assault earlier this week on a woman he worked with.

Gas leak shut off in downtown Champaign

CHAMPAIGN — A hole in the pavement remains, but a natural gas leak in downtown has been stopped.