All Champaign employees likely will get raises in new budget year

CHAMPAIGN — It is likely that all city employees will be getting raises before the end of the next fiscal year under the budget the city council unanimously approved Tuesday night.

Urbana police investigate armed robbery

URBANA — Urbana police are investigating an armed robbery that took place early Sunday.

According to a police report, a 28-year-old Urbana man was walking in the 1000 block of West Stoughton Street, Urbana, about 2 a.m. when a black vehicle pulled up.

Three men got out of the vehicle. One of them displayed a handgun and demanded that the man give them his backpack.

Tornado watch for the area expires

UPDATED 8 p.m.

A severe thunderstorm warning for Champaign and Vermilion counties expired at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, and a tornado watch for much of the area expired at 8 p.m. Tuesday..

Centrue at lowest level in new bank ratings

Centrue Bank has been downgraded from 1-star (“troubled”) to zero stars (“lowest rating”) in the latest evaluations from the BauerFinancial bank-rating service.

Sprouts farm owner cites steps he's taken

URBANA — The owner of a sprouts farm linked to a salmonella outbreak said he has taken several corrective actions to address food safety concerns raised by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Champaign family copes after house fire

CHAMPAIGN — Rick and Lori Hill say being rescued from a burning house by their children made for a Father's Day they'll never forget.

"If it wasn't for our children, we wouldn't have made it," Lori Hill said.

Truck driver plans GOP challenge to Johnson

SPRINGFIELD — A 46-year-old Springfield truck driver says he will challenge Rep. Tim Johnson, R-Urbana, in the 13th Congressional District GOP primary election next March 20.

Danville neighborhood plots a bright future

DANVILLE — You can easily walk, or bike, from your house or apartment to the grocery, restaurants, the coffee shop or a bank on well-maintained sidewalks or bike paths in a crime-free, historic neighborhood that's well-lit, nicely landscaped and void of vacant, deteriorating properties.

Johnson rents apartment in Litchfield to work new 13th District

URBANA — U.S. Rep. Tim Johnson, R-Urbana, hasn't formally announced that he's running for re-election, but here's a pretty good hint: He's rented a two-bedroom apartment in the center of his new congressional district.

Danville murder trial delayed till October

DANVILLE — The murder trial of a Chicago man and a Danville man accused of fatally shooting three people on Danville's east side in 2007 has been pushed back until October.