New Web site to share ideas, info on UI resources

URBANA – The University of Illinois has launched a new budget Web site to give students and employees input on how to best use scarce university resources.

The site, "Stewarding Excellence at Illinois," was created to provide a "one-stop source" for people who are curious about the ongoing budget review process, are working on a budget issue on campus, or want to offer ideas, UI spokeswoman Robin Kaler said on Friday.

Unity in shock and sorrow after teen's death in crash

TOLONO – A Pesotum teenager who died from injuries sustained in a one-vehicle wreck Friday morning is being remembered as "a very, very nice young lady" who was a popular student at Unity High School.

Brittany Murphy, 16, was killed when her vehicle went off the road at a bridge on County Road 400 N and struck a guardrail.

Some will think twice, but other drivers loyal to Toyota

CHAMPAIGN – Several area residents who drive Toyotas say they like their cars, but a few would think twice before buying another Toyota, given the company's recent problems.

Ana Raglin, who drives a 2001 Camry, said she's been thinking about trading it in for a newer Camry. But as a result of recent recalls, "I may look at something else."

Professors: Toyota must be upfront with customers

CHAMPAIGN – Three University of Illinois faculty members agree on a prescription for Toyota: being upfront and forthright about its problems.

But they differ somewhat in their assessments of how well Toyota is doing that.

Five companies submit Eagle Creek Resort bids

SPRINGFIELD – Five companies have submitted bids with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources to operate the long-shuttered Eagle Creek Resort at Lake Shelbyville.

But some of the bids may not include operating the mold-plagued 138-room lodge and convention center at the resort, about 70 miles southwest of Champaign-Urbana.

Dog helps police find bags of marijuana in gas tank

Men from Florida and Texas were being held in the Douglas County Jail after state police say they found 73 pounds of marijuana in a traffic stop.

Actually, a dog found it.

Developers lay out their plans for more local growth

URBANA – Ramshaw Real Estate will begin marketing for development a 156-acre tract at the southwest corner of Philo and Windsor roads in Urbana.

The tract – directly west of The Pines shopping center and east of Meadowbrook Park – is the longtime home of University of Illinois apple orchards. Sometimes known as "the Pell Farm," it is owned by the UI Foundation.

Urbana man faces drug charges

URBANA – An Urbana man who police say had crack cocaine packaged for sale in his home has been ordered held in federal custody pending action by a grand jury.

An Urbana police report said officers had a search warrant for Terrion Herman's apartment in the 1200 block of South Vine Street. About 1:30 p.m. Wednesday they found more than 90 grams of crack cocaine packaged for sale, a scale and packing materials.

Champaign burglary victim strikes back -- with an ax

CHAMPAIGN – It was so foggy and overcast that Sunday night, Kathy Kinser just knew the burglars would be back.

"If they don't come, they're crazy," she thought. "You can't see 100 yards in front of your face."

Not only was she right, she was ready.

Philo firefighters getting new equipment

PHILO – Firefighters in Philo will be getting new turnout gear – protective helmets, pants, coat, boots, hoods and gloves – thanks to a federal grant

The Philo Fire Protection District will receive a grant of $39,530 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, according to congressional press releases.