Urbana man charged with DUI

URBANA — An Urbana man accused of hitting a pedestrian while driving drunk in Urbana over the weekend was criminally charged Monday in Champaign County Circuit Court.

Community Day set in Danville's Lincoln Park

DANVILLE — Organizers of the 18th annual Community Day are encouraging all Danville residents to visit Lincoln Park on July 10 for food, fun and community entertainment.

The city's human relations commission and the Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Committee are hosting the annual event from 2:30 to 5 p.m. July 10 in Lincoln Park.

Motorcycle clubs help Champaign family displaced by fire

CHAMPAIGN — Six local motorcycle groups have worked together to contribute money to help a Champaign family that lost most of their possessions in a house fire last week.

Rick and Lori Hill, six of their seven children and a teenage guest escaped from a fire at 1109 W. Springfield Ave., C, early June 19.

Committee to consider first Vermilion permit for wind turbine

DANVILLE — A committee meets next week to consider whether to recommend granting Vermilion County's first wind turbine permit to the developers of the California Ridge project in west central Vermilion County.

Technology upgrade on DACC agenda

DANVILLE — Danville Area Community College is looking at upgrading some technology this summer.

Trustees will vote on whether to purchase about $87,681 worth of computer equipment at their meeting Tuesday (today).

The meeting will be at 7 p.m. in Vermilion Hall, Room 302, at the campus, 2000 E. Main St.

Champaign man found guilty of '08 murder

URBANA — A Champaign man was found guilty on Monday of first-degree murder for his role in the December 2008 shooting death of James Ellis.

Following about five hours of deliberations, a jury found Demarco Taylor, 20, who listed an address in the 600 block of East Bradley Avenue, Champaign, guilty of participating in the Dec. 19, 2008, fatal shooting.

White Heath teens arraigned over burglary

URBANA — Two White Heath teens were arrested over the weekend in connection with a residential burglary early Saturday morning in Urbana.

Jordan Neilsen, 18, and Austin Moore, 17, pleaded innocent on Monday to felony residential burglary.

If convicted, Neilsen and Moore could be sentenced to up to 15 years in prison.

Child porn yields 7 years in prison

URBANA — A Champaign man has been sentenced to more than seven years in federal prison for possession of child pornography.

On Friday, U.S. District Judge Michael P. McCuskey sentenced Robert Yecny, 78, who listed an address on Melanie Lane, to serve 87 months in federal prison for possessing images of child pornography.

UI law prof: Facts were against Blagojevich

Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich made a good defense witness — in theory, says a University of Illinois law professor.

Blagojevich, convicted Monday in federal court of 17 counts involving corruption, did himself no service with all of his political skills when confronted with tapes of himself trying to sell President Obama's U.S. Senate seat.

Illinois' chief executives and their legal misadventures

        SPRINGFIELD - The second trial of Illinois' 40th Governor Rod Blagojevich has cast the spotlight on legal troubles that have plagued the state's chief executives in the past.  A summary of the more notable examples follows, as compiled by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency