City council backs CommUnity Matters

CHAMPAIGN -- The city council on Monday night unanimously supported the continuation of the CommUnity Matters program, which city officials say has been improving conditions in lower-income neighborhoods while encouraging students to pursue college.

Nobody injured in house fire in Champaign

CHAMPAIGN — Nobody was injured in a Tuesday afternoon house fire.

According to a Champaign Fire Department report, firefighters were called to a home at 207 E. Washington St., C, at 2:49 p.m.

When firefighters arrived 3 minutes later, they found light smoke in the alley behind the home, with smoke alarms sounding.

Urbana woman pleads innocent to aggravated battery of a child

URBANA A Urbana woman is being held at the Champaign County Jail in connection with the aggravated battery of a child.

Tesia D. Jones, 22, who listed an address in the 700 block of East Colorado Avenue, Urbana, pleaded innocent on Tuesday to felony aggravated battery of a child.

If convicted, Jones could be sentenced to up to 5 years in prison.

Danville man died from multiple injuries in I-74 crash

CHAMPAIGN — An autopsy conducted Tuesday morning for a Danville man killed after his car crossed to the other side of Interstate 74 and collided with a truck Monday morning indicates that the man died from multiple injuries he received in the crash.

11-year sentence for cannabis conviction

URBANA -- A Carbondale man hauling several pounds of cannabis through Champaign County last year has been sentenced to 11 years in prison.

Man faces up to 30 years for spitting on officer

URBANA -- A Champaign man convicted of aggravated battery for spitting on a correctional officer faces up to 30 years in prison.

Refugee Center faces budget cut

URBANA -- About 2,600 people each year call on Anh Ha Ho and her colleagues with questions about schools, taxes, housing, jobs, medical care you name it. And most of them don't speak much English.

The East Central Illinois Refugee Mutual Assistance Center functions as a mini-social services agency, helping immigrants and refugees adjust to life in Champaign County.

Board recommends nursing home contract extension

URBANA -- An advisory board has recommended that Champaign County extend a private management agreement for operation of the Champaign County Nursing Home for at least three more years.

The county board will consider a new contract with Management Performance Associates of Chesterfield, Mo., at its May meeting.

Utilities seek annual rate hikes from state

SPRINGFIELD -- Executives with Illinois' two biggest utility companies say annual rate increases that would be reviewed after the fact by the Illinois Commerce Commission would be more than offset by benefits to customers.

Danville school board to vote on warehouse repairs

DANVILLE -- Now that renovation on South View Middle School is off to a good start, Danville school officials once again are turning their attention to repairing the district's warehouse.