Paxton drops levy by $250,000

PAXTON – The Paxton city council will levy only 66 percent of what it levied this past year, about $250,000 less, at $518,000. The city will use fund balances to cover the $133,000 less for the insurance fund, $88,000 less for Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund and $88,000 less in federal tax for employees. The city council approved the levy at a recent meeting.

Urbana park board will ask voters for tax increase for new pool

URBANA – The 13-degree temperature outside made it an odd night for discussing construction of a swimming pool but the Urbana park board did so Tuesday night, asking voters to approve a property tax increase to pay for a pool at Crystal Lake Park.

Former Rantoul man confined to home in fraud case

URBANA – A federal judge has ordered a former Rantoul man confined to his home with electronic monitoring until February.

On Tuesday U.S. Magistrate Judge David G. Bernthal directed that Colin A. Shields, 35, be released to a home he has been staying at in Kirksville, Mo., on $10,000 bond and that he be fitted with radio and GPS monitoring on his ankle.

DACC board OKs bonds to build working-cash fund

DANVILLE – Over the past two weeks, Danville Area Community College finally received all of its state funding for the last fiscal year, which ended June 30.

City sets 20-year strategy to boost Bristol Park neighborhood

CHAMPAIGN – City plans to improve the quality of life in the Bristol Park neighborhood in northeast Champaign moved forward Tuesday night as the council unanimously signed off on strategies that could take more than two decades to put into place.

Champaign County Board backs resolution to reduce to 22 members

URBANA – The Champaign County Board has taken the first step to reduce its numbers.

The county board's committee of the whole voted 23-1 on Tuesday night to recommend a resolution downsizing the board from the current 27 members representing nine districts to 22 members representing 11 districts.

Campus bar sweep nets 34 tickets for underage drinking

PESOTUM – The most recent sweep of University of Illinois campus bars last week resulted in 34 citations being issued for underage drinking.

Champaign man charged with car burglary

URBANA – A Champaign man accused of breaking into cars in west Champaign is due back in court in February after being charged Tuesday with burglary.

A Champaign police report said officers used footprints in the snow to get to the home of Noah J. Browne, 20, who listed an address in the 1300 block of Glendale Drive.

Fire destroys barn in rural Gifford

GIFFORD — Fire destroyed a pole building used as a working shed at a farm northwest of Gifford Tuesday afternoon.

Champaign County sheriff’s Sgt. Brian Mennenga said firefighters were called to the home of Rodney Bergman at 3122 County Road 2100 E about 1:20 p.m.

Mattoon man sentenced in sex case

URBANA – A Mattoon man accused of sexually assaulting a Rantoul woman at a New Year's Eve party has been sentenced to three years of probation.

Calvin Washenfeldt, 20, will also have to register as a sex offender after pleading guilty Monday in Champaign County Circuit Court to aggravated criminal sexual abuse.