St. Joseph sewer rates to rise

ST. JOSEPH – Village sewer rates are set to increase.

Currently the average bill in St. Joseph is $32. Mayor B.J. Hackler said he expects the average bill to be $47.50 after the increase. The bills include a $25 base fee for four units of water. For each additional unit the public is charged $3.75. The average bill is for 10 units, Hackler said.

Frerichs vote stalls university worker classification bill

SPRINGFIELD – Legislation affecting employee classification practices at the University of Illinois and all other public universities in the state was derailed Thursday by the committee vote of state Sen. Mike Frerichs, D-Champaign.

Sadorus to update ordinances, improve access

SADORUS – The village will hire a firm to update its ordinances and to make information more accessible to the public.

The village board has chosen Freeburg-based Illinois Codification Services at a cost of $5,200.

Sadorus' laws are organized in chronological order, making it difficult to look up an ordinance unless the date it was passed is known.

Reports to police

In crimes reported to area police:


– 1200 block of South Oak Street: Two Champaign men issued no-trespassing letters for University of Illinois property after they were seen Wednesday taking scrap metal from a Dumpster. They were stopped and the metal was recovered.

Tolono merchant asks village help for expansion

TOLONO – The village may help a local business that has plans to expand.

Arkansas men sentenced to prison

URBANA – Two Arkansas men in a car that contained several pounds of cannabis and guns were each sentenced to prison Thursday for different crimes.

Jonathan Terry, 23, pleaded guilty to aggravated unlawful use of weapons for a six-year sentence while Torry Johnson, 34, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to deliver cannabis for an eight-year sentence.

Hearing next week on building in Pesotum

PESOTUM – The village is working to make sure a former laundromat building is safe.

In July 2010, the village filed a civil lawsuit against the owners, asking that the court declare the property abandoned. A hearing is set for Jan. 11.

House OKs Medicaid bill that should save hundreds of millions

SPRINGFIELD – A major reform bill that supporters say will save the state hundreds of millions of dollars and lead to better health care in Illinois was sent to Gov. Pat Quinn on Thursday.

The House approved a Medicaid reform bill (HB 5420) 111-4. The Senate approved the bill Wednesday.

Judge declares mistrial in attempted robbery case

URBANA – A Champaign County judge declared a mistrial Thursday night in the case of an Urbana man accused of trying to rob a pizza delivery man at a public housing complex.

A jury deliberated about eight hours Thursday without reaching a unanimous verdict in the case of Nathan Schoonover, 32, whose last known address was in Dunbar Court.

Danville commission OKs permit for digital billboard

DANVILLE – National outdoor advertising company Lamar Advertising is a step closer to putting the first digital billboard in Danville, which would also create a major opportunity for a local company.