Teen pleads guilty in fatal accident involving texting

URBANA – A Champaign teen who admitted he was texting at the time he hit a pedestrian in Urbana who later died of his injuries has pleaded guilty.

Young J. Kim, 19, of the 3900 block of Balmoral Drive, pleaded guilty Friday in Champaign County Circuit Court to failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident and texting while driving.

Firefighters clean up scene at downtown Danville music store

DANVILLE — Firefighters were cleaning up late Friday afternoon at Chart Records in Danville.
Firefighters were called to the store, 131 N. Vermilion St., in downtown Danville at around 3:15 p.m. on Friday.

Area jobless rates up at least 1 percentage point in June

It's not only the temperature that's up.

Unemployment rates in most area counties rose by at least 1 percentage point in June.

The increase pushed Ford, Coles and Edgar counties into double-digit territory, joining Vermilion County, which was already there.

Heat advisory in effect for entire area

The National Weather Service says a heat advisory is in effect all day Friday and until Saturday evening.

Hot and humid air will affect all of central and southeast Illinois, the weather service says.

"This will produce dangerous heat conditions for anyone spending time outdoors, or in a building without air-conditioning" the service says.

Life Remembered: Jon Schoenoff's death 'a tremendous loss'

Suddenly, Pogo Studio owner Mark Rubel feels differently about the jazz project he's been recording this week: He knows his friend and colleague, Jon Schoenoff, won't be mastering it and covering Rubel's work.

New law has pluses, minuses for consumers, bankers say

CHAMPAIGN – Bankers warn that the new financial reform bill may cost consumers, as well as benefit them.

"Banks will have to collect more personal information about our customers – and report that information to the government," said Linda Hamilton, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Freestar Bank.

Champaign's Rev. Barnes attends signing of financial reform legislation

CHAMPAIGN – The Rev. Eugene Barnes didn't get much advance notice of the ceremony at which President Barack Obama signed the financial reform bill this week.

"I had six hours to get packed and get on the airplane," said Barnes, executive director of Metanoia Centers in Champaign.

Medical office picks up some services formerly offered by Vermilion County Health Department

DANVILLE – Beginning in September, a local health care office plans to offer clinicis for the treatment of sexually transmitted disease clinics, and family-planning services.

Though state still owes $279 million, UI is under budget

CHICAGO – Still owed $279 million by the state, the University of Illinois is faring well on a couple of fronts, including tuition, its hospital and energy costs.

At a Board of Trustees meeting Thursday, Vice President Walter Knorr said that between careful pricing strategies and conservation, the university was $16 million under budget.

Planned Parenthood in Champaign aims for expansion

CHAMPAIGN – Planned Parenthood is preparing to start a $2.3 million building project to expand its services and client base in Champaign.

Beth Kanter, Planned Parenthood spokeswoman, said the organization is planning a complete remodeling of its Champaign facility at 302 E. Stoughton St. and has raised more than half the money needed to pay for it.