Danville forging plant to lay off 65 workers this month

DANVILLE – Thyssen-Krupp Crankshaft Co. announced Friday that 65 employees at its Danville forging operation on Lynch Road will be laid off later this month.

The layoffs, effective June 22, will affect hourly and supervisory employees who produce heavy duty forged crankshaft products for the heavy duty truck market at the company's facility at 1000 Lynch Road in Danville.

Comets show they care

CHAMPAIGN – Katie Mertens of Champaign has done some volunteering at Garden Hills Elementary School through her youth group at New Horizon United Methodist Church.

She thinks it might be cool to help care for animals this summer at the Champaign County Humane Society, or watch over the children who are at the Center for Women in Transition.

DNA testing solves 2005 robbery

URBANA – Three men have admitted their role in a 2005 robbery and beating of a Pesotum man that might have gone unsolved but for DNA.

Richard Davis, 26, who listed addresses in Tilton and Indianola, pleaded guilty in Champaign County Circuit Court last week to the Feb. 11, 2005, aggravated robbery of Jordan Kaye. Davis was sentenced to 12 years in prison.

Construction to affect Green Street

CHAMPAIGN – One lane of Green Street between Third and Fourth streets will be closed for nearly a month starting next week.

The eastbound lane of Green is scheduled for closure starting Wednesday.

Gun recovered outside site of armed robbery

OGDEN – Champaign County sheriff's deputies recovered a gun outside an Ogden business that was robbed early Friday afternoon.

Lt. Ed Ogle said a man entered the Kirchner Building Center, 201 S. East Ave., at 1:05 p.m. and fired two rounds from a handgun.

UI grad donates 100 million for science, engineering

CHICAGO – Three-time University of Illinois graduate Thomas Siebel has pledged to give a record $100 million to the university to fund science and engineering initiatives on campus.

The gift is the largest amount of money the UI has ever received from a single donor.

UI launches $2.25 billion in fundraising

CHICAGO – It's official.

The University of Illinois today launched its $2.25 billion campaign, called Brilliant Futures, to raise money for scholarships, professorships, library materials and more.

Robbery at Ogden lumber company

OGDEN – Champaign County sheriff's investigators are looking for a man who robbed a lumber company in Ogden this afternoon.

Rantoul man shot, arrested on weapons charge

A Rantoul man accused of bringing a gun to Urbana ended up being shot at, according to Urbana police.

YMCA will go it alone

CHAMPAIGN – The Champaign County YMCA still plans to move its McKinley Family Center from its current building in the heart of Champaign to a brand new one on the city's outskirts, despite the sudden loss of its major partner in the project, Carle Foundation Hospital.

"We're going forward," YMCA Executive Director Wade Hampton vowed Thursday.