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Two juveniles arrested amid group of youths

CHAMPAIGN – For the second time in a week, Champaign police officers were confronted with a disorderly group of young people.

Officers were called to the Illinois Terminal, 45 E. University Ave., C, shortly before 4 p.m. Thursday on a request to remove a disorderly subject, according to Champaign police spokeswoman Rene Dunn.

Regional chief called on to solve Mahomet board impasse

MAHOMET – Richard Broudy's resignation has split the Mahomet-Seymour school board right down the middle – over his replacement – and the clock is ticking.

Regional Superintendent Judy Pacey said school officials contacted her about breaking the impasse and picking a new board member herself if the board fails to pick Broudy's replacement by the April 12 deadline.

Principal leaving Champaign district

CHAMPAIGN – A popular Champaign principal will be leaving the district this summer.

Barb Daly, principal of Bottenfield Elementary School, has accepted the position of assistant superintendent at the Champaign/Ford County Regional Office of Education. She'll start her new job in July.

Old Denny's in Urbana to become apartments, retail site

URBANA – A local developer plans to build a new $7 million apartment building in downtown Urbana.

JSM Development, Inc., of Champaign is close to a deal with the city to redevelop the old Denny's Cleaners site in downtown Urbana and construct a mixed-use building offering ground floor retail and between 56 to 84 apartments.

Champaign receives an impromptu visit from Blagojevich

CHAMPAIGN – Champaign County Chamber of Commerce President Laura Weis heard Gov. Rod Blagojevich was in town Thursday, but she didn't get a chance to challenge him in person about his gross receipts tax plan that is so reviled by Illinois businesses.

"I wasn't invited," Weis said after Blagojevich sandwiched an unplanned visit to Christie Clinic in Champaign late Thursday afternoon between planned bus tour stops in Decatur and Danville.

Liquor licenses of two campus bars suspended

CHAMPAIGN – Mayor Jerry Schweighart has suspended the liquor licenses of two campus bars.

Schweighart, who also serves as the city's liquor commissioner, announced Wednesday that the Clybourne, 706 S. Sixth St., will serve a two-day suspension Saturday and Sunday.

Champaign teens charged with residential burglary

CHAMPAIGN – Two Champaign teens are accused of breaking into a house in Champaign.

Kevin Johnson, 17, who listed an address in the 1100 block of Holiday Drive, Champaign, was arraigned and pleaded innocent Wednesday to a Class 1 felony charge of residential burglary.

Paxton woman missing for almost a month

PAXTON – Area police are asking for help locating a Paxton woman who has been missing almost a month.

Paxton Police Chief Robert Bane said Jamie E. Harper, 20, was last seen by family members in Paxton on March 9 and later that evening in Rantoul.

Lieutenant governor calls for legislative action on rate hikes

SPRINGFIELD – Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn on Wednesday asked Gov. Rod Blagojevich to order a special session to deal with the electricity rate hikes that took effect this year.

"This is a pressing issue and shouldn't be left to the sidelines any longer," Quinn said.

Chief logo's designer wants rights to it

URBANA – If the University of Illinois has no more use for the Chief Illiniwek logo, the artist who created it wants it back.

An attorney for graphic designer Jack Davis, who created the logo in 1980 and sold it to the university for $210, sent a letter to the UI asserting that Davis has a "right to resume control of the logo and associated rights to it," said UI spokesman Tom Hardy.