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Furloughs once again possibility at UI in spring

URBANA – Furloughs at the University of Illinois will be "back on the table" during the spring semester unless the state of Illinois steps up in a big way, UI officials said this week.

Police lodge to deliver food baskets

Members of Illini Lodge 17 of the Fraternal Order of Police will be delivering Christmas food baskets to needy families next week.

Volunteers from the lodge, in conjunction with Jerry's IGA at the Round Barn Center in Champaign, will be delivering 800 food baskets in Champaign and Ford counties on Dec. 17-18.

Theft charges dismissed

URBANA – A Champaign County prosecutor has dismissed charges against a Champaign woman accused of stealing from a friend.

Assistant State's Attorney Adam Dill said he dismissed the charges against Marlene Citraro, 48, who listed an address in the 3800 block of Balmoral Drive, on Monday.

Heavy gusts knock area about

Below-zero wind chills are now expected in Illinois as a storm that brought high winds and snow accumulations of up to 10 inches moves out of the state.

Witnesses key to murder case, jury told

URBANA – The trial of a Champaign man accused of murdering a man at a popular north Champaign club almost two years ago is under way this week in Champaign County Circuit Court.

In opening statements to the jury Wednesday, Assistant State's Attorney Sarah Carlson said she expected a witness to testify that she watched Charmell Brown, 26, shoot Tyrone Greer outside the American Legion at 704 N. Hickory St.

Area firms among finalists for Danville school facilities project

DANVILLE – A group of Illinois firms is still in the running to help develop a long-term facilities plan for the Danville school district.

After a two-hour-plus discussion on Wednesday, Danville school board members whittled down 17 proposals for a building assessment and a health and life-safety study to their top choices.

Nest blamed for house fire in Champaign

CHAMPAIGN – A bird's nest in a chimney was the apparent cause of a house fire in Champaign on Tuesday night.

Champaign Fire Department spokeswoman Dena Schumacher said firefighters were called to the home of Rob Heff at 2322 Rebecca Drive at 6:58 p.m.

Leal will reopen on Thursday; power restored

Leal School in Urbana will be open on Thursday.

Murder case pits witnesses against lack of other evidence

URBANA — The trial of a Champaign man accused of murdering a man at a popular north Champaign club almost two years ago is under way this week in Champaign County Circuit Court.

Officer won't face criminal charges in Carrington death

URBANA – Champaign County State's Attorney Julia Rietz has concluded that the shooting of a Champaign teen by a police officer in October was an accident and that no criminal charges will be filed against Officer Daniel Norbits.

On Tuesday morning, Rietz released her own 13-page summary of the Illinois State Police investigation into the Oct. 9 shooting death of Kiwane Carrington, 15, and the arrest of his friend, Jeshaun Manning-Carter, 16, also of Champaign.