Apartment's sprinkler system still under repair

SAVOY – Workmen continued making repairs Friday to water pipe and fire sprinkler systems that caused temporary evacuation of about 200 residents of an apartment complex in Savoy.

Kathy Grim, vice president of marketing for GMH Communities, owner of the College Park Fields apartments at Sterling Court, Savoy, said a sprinkler system in one of the buildings broke Wednesday. The break was caused by the cold weather, she said.

Chief logo's creator sues to control it

The creator of the Chief Illiniwek logo has filed a lawsuit in federal court against the University of Illinois in an attempt to obtain control of the image.

The university, however, plans to keep the trademark. In fact, university officials are talking with a licensing company about marketing the Chief logo as part of a program to sell vintage-logo collegiate clothing and merchandise online.

Mysterious fires in Ford County continue

MELVIN – Some Melvin residents are wondering if three fires within the last six months in this small Ford County village may be the work of an arsonist.

After a fire destroyed the historic childhood home of former Congressman Leslie Arends last Saturday, Village Board President Harold Forbes said he became more concerned that the fires must have been set.

Official resigns state post to join Vermilion Advantage

DANVILLE – Starting next week, Todd Lee will be pursuing economic development from a new office.

Lee confirmed Friday that he has resigned his position as East Central Region manager for Gov. Rod Blagojevich's Opportunity Returns program to take a job with Vermilion Advantage.

Urbana mayor's proposal for snow removal changes

URBANA – A proposed sidewalk snow removal ordinance, set to be considered by the city council later this month, won't require residents to shovel sidewalks in front of their homes.

Instead, the city will stress voluntary and educational efforts to encourage people to clear their sidewalks, according to Mayor Laurel Prussing.

Frozen pipes cause headaches

CHAMPAIGN – Frozen water sprinkler systems or pipes caused a few problems in Champaign on Thursday.

Champaign fire Deputy Chief Tim Wild said firefighters were sent to three separate alarms due to frozen water pipes or sprinkler systems.

State agency revokes local mortgage license

SPRINGFIELD – The state has revoked the residential mortgage license of Ameridream Home Lending Corp. in Champaign, according to a disciplinary report released this week.

The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation report said the license was pulled because the company did not respond to requests for information, documents and/or corrective actions.

Mahomet police look into several business break-ins

MAHOMET – Police in Mahomet are investigating burglaries to several businesses that occurred early today.

Mahomet Police Chief Jerry Gamble said one of his officers discovered break-ins at four restaurants in the Eastwood Shopping Center about 4:15 a.m.

Rantoul zoning plans meet resistance

RANTOUL – Rantoul's Plan Commission has proposed sweeping changes to the village's zoning ordinance that set minimum standards on how the exteriors of new buildings will look.

But the mayor and some village board members are concerned that the proposed requirements will increase the costs of construction so much that it could drive potential developers away.

Boyd's Bears creates teddy bear in honor of Tilton child

DANVILLE – Over the years, Marsha Williams has collected around 25 Boyds Bears.

This Christmas, the Danville woman and her family received a new Boyds teddy bear named in memory of her granddaughter, Reagan Emery Williams.