Woman accused of animal cruelty in treatment of dog

URBANA – An Urbana woman is set to be back in Champaign County Circuit Court in September after being charged with letting a dog become so ill that it had to be euthanized.

Kara Gossett, 49, who listed an address in the 400 block of East Illinois Street, was arraigned Wednesday on two misdemeanor counts – breach of owner's duties and cruel treatment – that allege that between July 15 and 18, she failed to provide enough food or water for a 12-year-old shepherd mix and allowed it to lie on the ground for days while maggots infested its body.

Rantoul woman facing home invasion charges

URBANA – A Rantoul woman who took part in beating another woman over a man is due back in court in September after being charged with home invasion.

Tori Coons, 22, who listed an address in the 100 block of South Fredrick Street, was arraigned on a Class X felony charge alleging that on Oct. 18, 2008, she forced her way into another woman's home on County Road 3000 N while masked and participated in beating the woman because she was dating some other woman's boyfriend.

Woman accused of stealing from Champaign businessman

Editor's note: Charges in this case eventually were dropped. Here is the story about the dismissal of the charges.

URBANA – A Champaign woman has been charged with stealing more than $100,000 from an elderly Champaign businessman.

School board signs off on settlement of consent decree

CHAMPAIGN – Calling it a monumental day for the Champaign school district, school board President Dave Tomlinson and the other board members ended the district's consent decree case Wednesday night when they voted to approve a settlement agreement in the case.

To bring the case to an end, the school district agreed to adopt several policies regarding opening and closing schools, special education referrals, and support for students in alternative programs.

Text of UI trustee's letter of resignation

The text of the letter written by University of Illinois trustee Lawrence Eppley to Gov. Pat Quinn.

Transcript of a "tele-town hall" on health care by AARP

From the White House, a transcript of a session on health care conducted by AARP and featuring President Obama.

4-year-old hit by pickup truck in Danville

DANVILLE — A 4-year-old boy remains in critical condition after being hit by a pickup truck in Danville.

Danville agency's after-school program to begin Aug. 25

DANVILLE –The Boys & Girls Club of Danville will begin its after-school program for the 2009-2010 school year on Aug. 25. The program runs through May 28, 2010, with regular hours from 2:15 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

During the program, members may participate in Smart (skills, mastery and resistance training) Moves, which teaches against influences of drugs and violence and how to make good decisions, and Youth for Unity, which teaches the importance of appreciating diversity.

Volunteers ready for fair to turn Georgetown into 'big city'

GEORGETOWN – Thanks to "team spirit," the Georgetown Fair is ready to turn the area into a "big city" for a few days.

"We have a whole volunteer team here at the fair," fair board president Milton Dalenberg of Indianola said. "The volunteers are what has made this event work for 70 years. When it comes to maintenance, events, the exhibits, it's amazing how it comes together every year."

Salvation Army distributing school supplies in Danville

DANVILLE – The Salvation Army and Project Success of Vermilion County will distribute basic school supplies for up to 500 children in kindergarten through 12th grades from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Salvation Army, 855 E. Fairchild St.

Those seeking school supply assistance need: picture identification of the adult making application, proof of the ages of all the children receiving supplies and proof of the last 30 days income for the household.