Rantoul man faces charges in home invasion

URBANA – A Rantoul man accused of forcing his way into an ex-girlfriend's home and beating her is due back in court Dec. 29.

Robert Mason, 21, who listed an address in the 1500 block of Gates Drive, was charged Tuesday in Champaign County Circuit Court with home invasion, unlawful restraint and domestic battery.

Area clinics sticking with old mammogram advice

CHAMPAIGN – A new study may say otherwise, but having a mammogram at age 40 mattered to Cheryl Page.

"If I hadn't had that mammogram, who knows what might have happened," said Page, the lead mammographer at Christie Clinic, who says she remains 100 percent behind the American Cancer Society's recommendation for women in their 40s to undergo annual mammograms.

3 Danville teens charged after woman hurt in incident

DANVILLE – Three teens arrested by Danville police in connection with a Saturday- night home invasion that injured a 28-year-old woman were arraigned in Vermilion County Circuit Court on Tuesday on charges of home invasion.

Director of Public Safety Larry Thomason said two of the teens, Deontae Bryant, 17, and Ochiel D. Keys, 18, were arrested Monday at Danville High School. Both were arrested on preliminary charges of home invasion and armed robbery but were formally charged Tuesday in circuit court with two counts of home invasion.

Cops hand out 31 citations in latest bar sweep

PESOTUM – Eight of nine Champaign bars checked by Illinois state and Champaign police last Friday had underage drinkers present.

As a result of the Operation Campus Tap detail, designed to deter underage drinking and impaired driving, 31 citations were issued for possession or purchase of alcohol by minors and one for fighting.

Tentative deal between UI, GEO ends two-day strike

URBANA – Graduate students are expected return to teaching duties today after the University of Illinois and the Graduate Employees' Organization reached a tentative contract agreement on Tuesday.


The three-year agreement, which is retroactive to August 2009, addresses the last major sticking point – tuition waivers.

Area update

Paxton budget figures spark concern on council

PAXTON – Alderman Bill Wylie gave a gloomy prediction for the city's financial future as he called for the city council to cut some staff positions in response to what he called "real danger signals" revealed by the city's spending and revenue trends so far this fiscal year.

Benefit to assist family of young girl who died

HOOPESTON – Friends and family will hold a benefit for the family of 2-year-old daughter Kyla Kinney who died of bacterial meningitis in September.

The event featuring food, an auction, raffle as well as a DJ and dancing is help defray medical and funeral expenses the family had to incur.

Decatur man faces battery, drug charges

URBANA – A Decatur man found in possession of drugs in north Champaign on Saturday is expected back in court Friday.

Timothy Browning, 31, was charged Monday in Champaign County Circuit Court with two counts of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, alleging he had 5.4 grams of cocaine and 7.1 grams of heroin intended for sale, and a third count of aggravated battery alleging he struck the forearm of a Champaign police officer.

Latest Danville budget plan drops utility tax, adds cuts

DANVILLE – Mayor Scott Eisenhauer unveiled another three-year financial plan Tuesday night that eliminates the proposed utility tax and replaces it with $420,000 in cuts to be determined by city administrators in the budget process early next year.

Fairchild Street subway to close Thursday for work

DANVILLE – The Fairchild Street subway will be closed to traffic for a majority of the day on Thursday, according to Danville city officials.

The tunnel will be closed from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday to allow engineers to perform soil borings as part of the Fairchild subway replacement project. The closing will be dependent on the weather, according to city officials.