Copper topper fit into place atop Urbana courthouse tower

URBANA – Kenny Roessler was loving his view Thursday morning.

From atop the Champaign County Courthouse in downtown Urbana, he could see the aviation hangars to his north in Rantoul, the University of Illinois football stadium and dormitories to his west and a bunch of trees to the south.

Homeless must vacate Champaign's tent city after tonight

CHAMPAIGN – The Safe Haven tent community, now up to 15 residents, lost its zoning appeal and will have to vacate its site behind the Catholic Worker House after tonight.

Danville mayor upset insurer settled shooting suit

DANVILLE – Municipal officials disagree with a settlement that was reached in a federal lawsuit against the city involving the 2006 shooting of a man at the Fair Oaks Housing Complex by a Danville police officer.

Court must revisit teen's parking garage death

DANVILLE – A wrongful death lawsuit against the city of Danville involving the death of a teenager in a city parking garage will return to Vermilion County Circuit Court after the Illinois Appellate Court overturned a local judge's decision in the case.

The family of Charles Christopher Gaston, 17, of Danville, filed a lawsuit against the city in April 2006, just one week after his body was found in a collapsed stairwell of the city parking garage at 22 N. Vermilion St. in downtown Danville. Mr. Gaston died of severe head injuries, according to the coroner's office. In September 2006, the plaintiff added to the lawsuit McClintock Civil Engineering Services and Schomburg and Schomburg Construction. McClintock was hired by the city prior to the fatal accident to do a structural engineering review of the stairwell, and Schomburg and Schomburg was hired to make repairs.

Walgreen accounting overhaul may bring more jobs to Danville

DANVILLE – Walgreen corporate officials met Thursday with employees of the Walgreen Accounting Center on Voorhees Street to discuss a nationwide restructuring of the company's accounting departments that will affect the Danville location.

Vivika Vergara, spokeswoman for Walgreen, said the company is making changes to the structure of its various accounting department locations throughout the country, consolidating positions and creating some new positions in an effort to streamline the entire accounting process.

Chilly summer not always cool on the farm

If you like Septembers, you're probably going to love this August.

State climatologist Jim Angel says that in Champaign-Urbana, the average high in July has been 79 degrees, compared with a normal high of 85.

Teen gets 8 years in prison for burglaries

URBANA – A Champaign County judge Thursday sentenced a Champaign teen who admitted breaking into homes late last year to eight years in prison.

Judge Heidi Ladd agreed to recommend Jeremy Williams, 17, who listed his address in the 1100 block of Mimosa Drive, for the Department of Corrections' boot camp program.

Vermilion officials: Driver in crash likely had medical problem

DANVILLE – Vermilion County officials said they're even more convinced that the death of 69-year-old Danville man, whose truck crashed into a utility pole on Wednesday morning, was caused by a medical condition, following the man's autopsy.

A preliminary report shows that Carroll D. "Danny" Cope did not receive any major injuries from the crash, said Vermilion County Coroner Peggy Johnson, who released the report on Thursday. She said his final cause of death will be released after toxicology and other medical reports are reviewed.

Indiana man accused of home invasion

URBANA – An Indianapolis man who prosecutors say forced his way into a Champaign woman's apartment and punched her after she asked him to leave has been charged with home invasion.

Champaign County Judge Richard Klaus told Nicholas Bradshaw, 21, to be back in court Sept. 15 and ordered that his $100,000 bond set earlier should continue.

Downtown association forced to lay off executive director

CHAMPAIGN – Facing a budget squeeze, the Champaign Downtown Association board of directors has laid off Executive Director Mary Dennis and may not seek a replacement.