Proposed Champaign County budget includes major cuts

URBANA – Sharp declines in tax revenue, particularly in sales and income taxes, will require a $2.4 million cut in general fund spending for Champaign County next year.

Ex-Uni coach seeks pardon without serving sentence

CHICAGO — A former University Laboratory High School assistant track coach convicted two years ago of a sex crime involving a student wants the governor to let him come back to Illinois.

Charleston man sentenced to prison in pornography case

URBANA — A Charleston man who pleaded guilty earlier this year to possessing child pornography has been sentenced to prison.

Panel calls for end of Champaign County Board panels

URBANA – A Champaign County Board committee has endorsed one major change in county board operations and agreed to hold public hearings on another one.

Nursing home worker to return after charges dropped

URBANA – An employee of the Champaign County Nursing Home accused last spring of hitting a resident is expected to be back on the job Monday.

Nursing home Administrator Andrew Buffenbarger said Sharoia Hill, 29, of Danville, had been on paid administrative leave since April 8. She was charged with aggravated battery the next day, accused of striking an Alzheimer's resident in the face while she worked as a certified nursing assistant in the Alzheimer's unit.

MTD plans rerouting during UI Homecoming Parade

On Friday, Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District services will be rerouted to accommodate the University of Illinois 2009 Homecoming Parade.

MTD services will be rerouted beginning about 5:45 p.m. and will continue until the parade has ended, which should be about 7:30 p.m. The parade is scheduled to start at 6 p.m.

Baby-sitting may become an option at UI's ARC

CHAMPAIGN – We all know the impediments to exercise – you don't have time, you hate yourself in workout clothes, there's no one to watch the kids, etc.

Driver who ran over cyclist faces up to a year in jail

URBANA – An Urbana man who admitted he had been drinking before running over a bicyclist who fell into traffic faces up to a year in the county jail.

Herman M. Wilson, 49, of the 1800 block of Summit Drive, pleaded guilty Wednesday to misdemeanor driving under the influence before Champaign County Judge Jeff Ford. Ford set sentencing for Nov. 9.

4 plead innocent in Wednesday attack on UI students

URBANA – Four Parkland College students from Rantoul pleaded innocent on Wednesday in connection with an attack on two University of Illinois students on campus Wednesday morning.

According to a UI police report, two male University of Illinois students reported being attacked by four men in the 300 block of East Daniel Street at 1:18 a.m. Wednesday.

Ghost-hunting group giving tours of Fischer Theatre

DANVILLE – After Kathy Langellier's first introduction to the Fischer Theatre, she knew she wanted to come back with her group, the Illiana Paranormal Society, to do some real investigation.

According to Langellier and her group, as well as members of the Midnight Ghost Hunter Investigators out of Kentland, Ind., there is still a lot of activity in the building.