Cash Advance store robbed in Champaign

UPDATED: 4:40 p.m.

CHAMPAIGN — An armed robber struck a University Avenue business at 3:20 p.m., then ran south toward Springfield Avenue.

The Advance America store at 505 E. University Ave. was robbed by a man with a handgun, who may have dropped some ammunition when he fled, Police Chief R.T. Finney said.

Rantoul couple charged in drug investigation

URBANA — A Rantoul man found in possession of guns and drugs was charged Friday with armed violence and drug-related charges while his girlfriend was charged with weapons violations.

Rantoul police Sgt. Marcus Beach said police had a search warrant for the home of John L. Jenkins at 429 S. Steffler, Rantoul, as a result of an ongoing drug investigation.

Champaign narrows school chief search firm options

CHAMPAIGN — The Champaign school district has narrowed the possible candidates for both an interim superintendent and a search firm to help find a permanent superintendent.

UI police seek second person in dorm burglary

URBANA — University of Illinois police are still looking for a second person believed to have been in a student's dorm room last month intending to steal.

Man beaten, robbed in southeast Urbana

URBANA — A 28-year-old Urbana man was beaten and robbed by a group of men in southeast Urbana Wednesday night.

Urbana police Lt. Bryant Seraphin said the man was walking in the 2000 block of Vawter Street about 10:15 p.m. when he reported being hit from behind. He fell to the ground and was hit or kicked several times by four unidentified men, then robbed of $15 cash.

Man arrested for fake $100 bills

URBANA — An Urbana man who police say paid for food delivered to him with a fake $100 bill has been charged with forgery.

Urbana police investigator Dave Smysor said Deandre D. Dobynes, 21, who listed an address in the 1200 block of West Eads Street, was arrested Thursday afternoon.

Shots fired into apartment in Urbana

URBANA — Police don't have any apparent motive for why someone fired shots into an apartment in Urbana Thursday.

A report said that about 4 a.m., someone fired two rounds into an apartment in the 1600 block of East Florida Avenue where a man and woman, both 23, were sleeping in the living room. There was also a 2-month-old boy there.

Mail carriers hold national food drive Saturday

Local mail carriers will make it easy to help feed the hungry Saturday during the 19th annual Stamp Out Hunger food-collection drive.

Daley speech emphasizes UI's desire for Washington ties

As President Obama's chief of staff comes to Champaign for University of Illinois commencement, the UI is in turn stepping up its efforts in Washington.

William M. Daley will deliver the commencement address at the 140th commencement exercises on Sunday. He will speak at both the 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. campuswide ceremonies at the Assembly Hall.

OSHA cites Urbana auto parts store for violations

The U.S. Department of Labor has cited an Urbana auto parts store and dealer for 20 different safety and health violations.