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Two men accused of money laundering

URBANA – A Centralia man and a Georgia man face felony charges of money laundering after $22,000 was seized as a result of a traffic stop on Interstate 57.

Arraigned and pleading innocent Wednesday to the Class 2 felony charges of money laundering were Cornell Fletcher, 36, of Centralia and David Galbreath, 31, of Locust Grove, Ga.

Fewer parking problems expected for UI game

URBANA – Although another sellout is expected for the University of Illinois football game Saturday, fewer problems with parking are expected than last week.

"We have a good team and we anticipate large crowds," said Kent Brown, assistant athletic director.

Parents say they complained about White weeks before arrest

URBANA – The parents of two children concerned about a game that teacher Jon White was playing with their children had told Urbana school district officials their concerns several weeks before a criminal investigation into his conduct began.

Those parents testified Thursday in pretrial motions in the case against White, 26, accused of sexually molesting their daughters and seven others at Thomas Paine Elementary School during the 2005-06 school year. They testified that district officials assured them they would investigate.

Deficient properties noticed

DANVILLE – The Danville Housing Authority was ranked as physically substandard after a recent inspection found health and safety deficiencies in three of its properties.

The problems include smoke detectors that were not working or that had been removed, and windows blocked by air conditioners.

Iroquois County Section 8 talks sought

DANVILLE – Danville Housing Authority may begin discussions with the Iroquois County Board as early as next month on a plan to expand Section 8 service to that county.

Executive Director Greg Hilleary told board members Thursday that he had spoken with Iroquois County officials to see about getting on the board's agenda next month.

House sustains damage in Danville blaze

DANVILLE – Firefighters responded to a house fire Thursday night that has temporarily displaced a single mom and her three sons.

City firefighters were called to 1003 E. Main St. at 7:50 p.m., where resident Kathy Minor, 45, lives with her sons, ages 10, 11 and 13.

Inquiry over interviews continues in Jon White case

URBANA – Lawyers for accused sex molester Jon White continued to question Department of Children and Family Service investigators Wednesday about how they conducted interviews with girls who were students of White at Thomas Paine Elementary School in Urbana.

Their hope is that Champaign County Judge Harry Clem will find the statements of the nine girls unreliable and therefore not something a jury can hear.

Officials find no fault with 2 officers

URBANA – Two Urbana police officers involved in an altercation with an Urbana man who died a month ago have returned to work.

Urbana Police Chief Mike Bily said a "very preliminary" report from the Serious Use of Force Team, made up of detectives from area police departments, indicated that Christopher Darr and Kurt Buckley did nothing in their interaction with James Pelmore Jr. that violated Illinois law or Urbana Police Department policy.

Governor's cuts likely to stand

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois House's vote to restore more than $400 million of the governor's budget cuts appears to be in vain. Today is the last day for the Senate to act on the override motions, and lawmakers aren't even scheduled to be in session.

"I asked for an opportunity to vote on these overrides, and I am very pessimistic, based on the answer I got from leadership," state Sen. Mike Frerichs, D-Champaign, said Wednesday.

Savoy developer pushes for MTD deal

SAVOY – Statements about Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit service made by the chief operating officer of Trinitas Ventures, the developer of the Village at Colbert Park apartments, sparked a heated discussion among Savoy Village Board members.

On Wednesday, the board held a second public meeting for community members to offer feedback on the draft of a proposed annexation agreement with the MTD. The agreement offers a phased approach for the MTD's annexation of the village over the next 25 years.