Not all support move to change UI leadership

URBANA – An Urbana campus committee was unanimous in calling for the faculty senate to vote on a letter condemning the University of Illinois' top leadership, but at least a few prominent faculty and student leaders are questioning the move.

The Urbana Senate Executive Committee voted Thursday morning to send on the letter, which suggests that President B. Joseph White and Chancellor Richard Herman leave their positions, with the president going first, in order to restore the university's reputation in the wake of questions about the admissions process.

UI admissions review has cost $439,000 in legal bills

URBANA – The University of Illinois has spent more than $439,795 on legal bills in the last eight weeks relating to questions about admissions, with the bulk of that going toward answering questions from the governor's Admissions Review Commission.

The UI's chief spokesman, Tom Hardy, said more bills are expected to dribble in. For instance, a Champaign firm, Thomas, Mamer & Haughey LLP, retained to provide advice and assistance related to FOIA requests, has not yet billed the university.

Champaign official: Court proper arena for tent city fight

CHAMPAIGN – City officials say an appeal by St. Mary Catholic Church of a ruling prohibiting a tent community is outside the zoning process.

Champaign officials say a tent community does not meet the definition of a "structure" and that zoning enforcement does not violate the constitutional protection for freedom of religion.

Jury finds man guilty of murder, attempted murder

URBANA – A Champaign County prosecutor was breathing a sigh of relief after obtaining convictions against a man accused of killing a police informant and wounding his cousin a year ago.

A Champaign County jury Friday deliberated about three hours before convicting Granville "Bubba" Johnson, 28, of the first-degree murder of Gregory Moore, 28, of Champaign, and the attempted murder of Mr. Moore's cousin, Isaac Moore, 22, of Urbana.

Vermilion teens offer input on improving their county

DANVILLE – Schlarman High School junior Anissa Pemberton thinks it would be nice to have more shopping opportunities, activities for kids and a teen hangout in Vermilion County.

Her classmate Eric Ziegler would like to see a water park and some type of center where kids could play a variety of sports all year long.

Elderly woman recovering from dog attack

RANTOUL – An elderly Rantoul woman is recovering from a broken hip and other injuries received when she was knocked down by a large dog.

Eleanor McDonald, 80, was outside her home at 519 N. Ohio Ave. with her dog Dakota, a 20-pound poodle mix, shortly after 9 p.m. Aug. 17 when a large dog charged her from behind. She was knocked to the ground, but grabbed the leg of the dog to prevent it from hurting Dakota. The dog dragged her across a gravel driveway, said her son, Richard McDonald.

Urbana man pleads guilty to St. Joseph home invasion

URBANA – An Urbana man who helped plan and carry out a brutal attack on a St. Joseph couple in their home last year will spend at least the next 16 years in prison.

Chad Todd, 22, who last lived in the 1700 block of Melrose Village Circle, pleaded guilty Friday before Champaign County Judge Heidi Ladd to home invasion and was sentenced to 21 years in prison.

Circuit court roundup

URBANA – The following criminal court cases were recently resolved in Champaign County Circuit Court with guilty pleas entered or sentences handed down by judges:

– Dawn Morris, 37, of the 800 block of West Harvard Street, Champaign, was sentenced to a year of conditional discharge after pleading guilty to misdemeanor battery. She admitted that on April 14, she encouraged her own teen daughter to batter another teen in the parking lot of Sholem Pool in Champaign. A video of the brawl ended up briefly on You Tube.

Six injured on I-74 in four-vehicle collision

OAKWOOD – Six people were injured in a four-vehicle accident on Interstate 74 near Oakwood on Thursday evening that shut down the highway for about three hours.

Illinois State Police at Pesotum said just after 5 p.m., a westbound semitrailer tractor truck ran into the rear of a car that was towing a U-Haul trailer. Two other westbound vehicles were hit in the process.

More trustee applicants emerge

CHICAGO – An updated list of Illinoisans seeking appointment to the University of Illinois Board of Trustees includes local attorneys, a school superintendent, a former legislative candidate, a former state director of agriculture and a longtime foe of the Chief Illiniwek symbol.