Douglas County results

Voters reject half-cent sales tax for public safety.

DeWitt County results

Voters back rescinding landfill amendment.

Lines form early at Champaign County polls

CHAMPAIGN – A chance to vote for the next president – maybe combined with worry that later in the day would bring longer lines – lured lots of voters out early Tuesday morning.

The first two hours were hectic, though things were moving smoothly at most polling places, according to Champaign County Clerk Mark Shelden.

Voter turnout strong in Champaign County

A rush of early voters in Champaign County on tapered off a bit by midday, but turnout remained strong Tuesday.

Some polling places had already seen half their registered voters cast ballots, and election judges were bracing for an evening rush.

UI president: Global Campus needs accreditation

Not enough students are enrolling in the University of Illinois' Global Campus, and not enough faculty are developing programs for the online education initiative.

As a result, UI President B. Joseph White wants to pursue accreditation for Global Campus, meaning the university unit could eventually award its own degrees, and its staff would be able to work directly with a variety of different types of faculty on developing more programs, specifically baccalaureate-completion degree programs.

Weight limits to be set for Mansfield streets

MANSFIELD – Village trustees will meet together this month to set weight limits for Mansfield streets.

Trustee Don Deffenbaugh said he has received numerous calls about truck traffic on Newton Street during the weekends. Trustee Jeff Lindenbaum, Mayor Steve Gaines and Deffenbaugh have formed a committee to look at weight limit recommendations for all streets. They will also make plans for limited truck routes that still allow businesses to continue their operations, but protect Mansfield streets.

Man charged with attempted sex abuse

URBANA – A convicted sex offender was arrested and accused of sending text messages arranging to meet a teenage Champaign girl.

Kevin Kryzanski, 33, who listed a Paxton address, was arraigned Monday on a charge of attempted aggravated criminal sexual abuse.

Farmer City resident speaks out against use of TIF funds for new clinic

She says money should be used on infrastructure

FARMER CITY – Both citizens and council members had questions they wanted answered at Monday night's regular meeting.

Teen vandals to clean, repaint Georgetown park items

GEORGETOWN – Three teens caught vandalizing park equipment last month will have to clean park equipment and repaint the picnic tables, Mayor Darrell Acord said Monday.

The teens were photographed by video surveillance cameras defacing park equipment with markers two weeks ago, Acord said.

Two men facing drug charges

CHAMPAIGN – Two men face drug charges after police saw a suspected drug deal in Champaign.

Arraigned Monday in Champaign County Circuit Court in Urbana on Class X felony drug charges were James Ellis, 34, who listed an address in the 1900 block of Joanne Lane, Champaign, and Andre Washington, 28, who listed an address in the 1200 block of Lierman Avenue, Urbana.