No injuries in shooting between Cerro Gordo man and police

CERRO GORDO – A Cerro Gordo man is in a Decatur hospital for a psychological exam after he allegedly fired a gun at a neighbor, prompting police to fire at him.

No one was injured in the exchange in the 400 block of South Washington Street in Cerro Gordo about 4:40 p.m. Wednesday, according to Illinois State Police Sgt. Bill Emery.

Urbana man convicted of rape despite absence from trial

URBANA – A Champaign County jury has convicted an Urbana man of raping a female coed who was so drunk she didn't know what happened.

But Baha'eddin Al Momani, 34, who last lived on East Harding Drive, may not be aware just yet that he faces a prison term of between six and 30 years since he wasn't present for his trial.

Victim of crash identified

SIDNEY – The person who died in a one-vehicle crash early Monday has been identified as a 19-year-old St. Joseph man.

Champaign County Coroner Duane Northrup said dental records show Mason Andrew Creek was killed in the crash early Monday.

Four Urbana teens arrested over robbery of drug dealers, customers

URBANA – Four teen-age Urbana boys believed to be robbing drug dealers and their customers in Urbana are expected to appear in Champaign County juvenile court Thursday afternoon. One is also accused of raping a female customer.

Fire damages vacant house in west Urbana

URBANA – Urbana firefighters are trying to determine what sparked a fire that heavily damaged a vacant house in west Urbana early Thursday.

Division Chief Jeff McDuffy said a neighbor called 911 at 6:02 a.m. to say the front porch of the house at 704 W. Washington St., about two blocks east of Lincoln Avenue, was on fire.

State audit flags computer-access issues at UI

The University of Illinois did not keep adequate control over computer access, allowing 26 terminated employees to retain critical sign-ons, a state audit said Wednesday.

The UI, in its response contained in the audit, acknowledged the problem had existed but said that new policies and procedures to correct it became effective in February 2010.

Some UI libraries will require ID for late night visits

URBANA – You can still enjoy 24-hour, five-days-a-week access to some University of Illinois libraries – but only if you have a card to prove you're part of the community.

With some concerns about safety, the Urbana campus will start asking for the i-cards on Jan. 18, particularly in the hours between midnight and 6 a.m.

Mahomet voters to weigh in on library tax hike

MAHOMET – Residents in the Mahomet Public Library District will have the opportunity this spring to say whether they want to increase the library's tax rate by 5 cents.

Danville to hold final public meeting for input on Fairchild subway

DANVILLE – Next month, residents and businesses surrounding the Fairchild Street viaduct will get the chance to see exactly where a new bridge, replacing the almost 100-year-old concrete tunnel, would go in relation to their properties.

Rantoul eliminates deputy police chief position

RANTOUL – The village board this week eliminated the police department's deputy chief position.

A sergeant position will also be added to the police department for various front-line supervisor duties as a result of Tuesday's 4-2 vote.