12-mile stretch of Interstate 74 to be closed for 3 nights later this month

A 12-mile stretch of Interstate 74 between Urbana and Ogden is scheduled to be closed for three nights later this month.

The Illinois Department of Transportation announced that I-74 will be closed between the University Avenue exit in Urbana and the Royal/Ogden exit while workers remove a bridge beam on a series of nights.

Bond at $75,000 for 17-year-old accused of robbery

URBANA — Bond has been set at $75,000 for an Urbana man charged with robbing two Urbana men in their apartment last month.

Patrick L. Johnson, 17, who listed an address in the 2200 block of Country Squire Drive, U., pleaded innocent Wednesday to two counts of felony robbery.

If convicted, Johnson could be sentenced to up to seven years in prison.

Reports made to police

Area police report the following:


Khachaturian leaving radio station after 26 years on the air in Champaign

CHAMPAIGN – Steve Khachaturian – known by his on-air name Stevie Jay – will end 26 years at WDWS-AM on Friday as he and his business partners await permission to buy four other radio stations in the area.

Newest member of Champaign County Board of Review to serve as chairman

URBANA – The newest member of the Champaign County Board of Review, who was appointed to the panel in March, was elected its chairman Tuesday.

Wayne Williams of Champaign was named chair of the board by its other members, former chair Laura Sandefur of Royal and Steve Bantz of Champaign. The three-member board hears complaints from property owners on assessments.

Covenant will pay $8.8 million property tax bill 'quickly,' parent company says

URBANA — Provena Covenant Medical Center’s $8.8 million property tax bill will be paid "quickly and in good faith," says its hospital system parent company, Provena Health.

Covenant auxiliary members disappointed over shutdown of decades-old group in Urbana

URBANA – For decades, the members of Provena Covenant Medical Center Auxiliary have been there for the hospital.

But they've knitted their last mittens, rung up their last gift shop sale, awarded their last scholarships and raised their last dollar as an organization.

Residents remain concerned over spill along railroad tracks in Danville

DANVILLE - The CSX Railroad and Double S Liquid Feed Service have done some cleanup of spilled molasses and other debris along railroad ditches near the Boys and Girls Club in Danville, according to Illinois Environmental Protection Agency officials. But residents say the ditches are still full of liquid and they've seen the removal of nothing but old railroad ties.

Vandals strike in two Vermilion County cemeteries

Ruth Callahan was surprised when a fellow Sidell resident knocked on her door early Saturday morning to report that headstones at the Fairview Cemetery had been knocked over.

"I was out there on Friday evening right at dusk," said Callahan, a cemetery board member. At that time, "nothing was wrong."

One of six co-defendants in Danville shooting sentenced to eight years in prison

DANVILLE – A 34-year-old Danville man was sentenced to prison in connection with a shooting that killed a Danville businessman and injured another exactly one year ago, and two of his co-defendants are scheduled to be sentenced today.