Coroner identifies man found in Crystal Lake

URBANA — Champaign County Coroner Duane Northrup has identified the person found in Crystal Lake in Urbana on Sunday afternoon.

Northrup said that Allen Wilson, 42, of Urbana was pronounced dead at 12:35 p.m. Sunday at the scene.

According to a police report, police and firefighters were called to the park after a passer-by saw a body in the water around noon Sunday.

Urbana man behind robbery sentenced to 10 years

URBANA – A 30-year-old Urbana man involved in the armed robbery of a fast food restaurant has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.

3rd 'Next Dance' on UI homecoming weekend

CHAMPAIGN – The third annual "Next Dance" celebrating the University of Illinois' retired Chief Illiniwek will take place on UI homecoming weekend.

The event, sponsored by the group Students for Chief Illiniwek, will be held at 6 p.m. Oct. 23 at the Assembly Hall, following the Illini football game against Indiana. Doors will open at 5 p.m.

Homecoming parade will close some Urbana streets Friday

URBANA – Some Urbana streets will be closed on Friday afternoon for the Urbana High School homecoming parade.

Race Street will be closed between Iowa Street and Michigan Avenue starting at 1 p.m. through the start of the parade at 3 p.m.

Teacher of Year finalist from Champaign demands best from students

CHAMPAIGN – Susan Thomas' classroom was rockin' to the strains of "Apologize" by OneRepublic.

But the lyrics of the song were different than what her students have heard on the radio. They talked about tea and tyranny.

And the guys in the music video? Instead of rock star hair and leather pants, they wore powdered wigs and breeches.

More time sought to fine-tune new Champaign recycling program

CHAMPAIGN – City staff this week will ask council members for a few extra months to complete a full roll-out of a new multifamily recycling program, to allow for extra time to quell unexpected issues that have arisen during the planning stages.

Area fire departments plan wide range of activities

Fire departments around the area are planning activities as part of Fire Prevention Week.

While the official celebration runs Oct. 3-9, area firefighters will kick off activities one day earlier, on Oct. 2.

Yard waste collection details for area cities

Yard waste collection will begin within the next few weeks in several East Central Illinois communities.

PBL superintendent will send letter on sales tax vote

PAXTON – The Paxton-Buckley-Loda superintendent, while not promoting or opposing a proposed sales tax rate increase on the November ballot in Iroquois County, said he plans to send a letter to taxpayers informing them of its perceived local impact.

Rantoul board approves roof repair bids

RANTOUL – A Champaign company has been contracted to make roof repairs on Forum Fitness Center and the village electric department garage located off of Veterans Parkway.

The Rantoul village board awarded the contracts at a special meeting last week.