Urbana police looking into fatal shooting during home invasion

URBANA - Urbana police are investigating the fatal shooting of a Champaign man who broke into an apartment in that city early Thursday.

Police Lt. Bryant Seraphin said Jerry J. Jackson, 21, of the 1200 block of West Kirby Avenue, died at Carle Foundation Hospital after being shot inside an apartment in the 2400 block of Prairie Green Drive in Urbana about 12:20 a.m.

Vermilion County health department cuts 20 more positions; staffing down almost half from start of year

DANVILLE — The Vermilion County Health Department will cut four more programs and about 20 more employees effective May 21.

Urbana schools seeking help from parents, taxpayers on strategic plan

URBANA – A draft strategic plan for the Urbana school district spells out the beliefs, mission and objectives of the district.

Now, administrators are looking for community members who want to be on "action teams" that will decide how to put the plan into place.

UI scholar, activist re-elected president of national organization

URBANA – Scholar and academic freedom activist Cary Nelson has been re-elected president of the American Association of University Professors, his third two-year term.

"It will be my last, unless they change the bylaws," Nelson joked Tuesday.

Fundraiser Saturday for Keegan Bannon scholarship

CHAMPAIGN – A popular Central High School student will be remembered with a scholarship in his name.

The Keegan Bannon Memorial Scholarship will be awarded through the Champaign-Urbana Schools Foundation, beginning this spring.

Mr. Bannon was a senior at Central High School when he died suddenly in February.

Life Remembered: Luke Remington challenged classmates with grace, courage

RANTOUL – The term "role model" gets used a lot these days, and it's generally an adult serving as a stellar example for kids.

But Rantoul has lost a role model of a different sort – a child who was worthy of being emulated by all ages, according to those who knew him.

SEC official gives warning on effects of regulatory reform

CHAMPAIGN – If you wanted to learn more about the Securities and Exchange Commission's recent case against Goldman, Sachs & Co., the University of Illinois law school was not the place to be Wednesday.

Troy Paredes, one of the commission's five members, appeared at the law school as a guest lecturer.

Judges accepting resumes for longtime public defender, who plans to retire in June

DANVILLE – A search is under way for a new Vermilion County public defender.

Robert McIntire – who's held the job for the last 24 years, except for a two-year absence – plans to retire on June 30.

Criticism continues over handling of Chief event

CHAMPAIGN – Two county board candidates at a rally Wednesday said the University of Illinois had erred in its handling of a request for Assembly Hall use by Students for Chief Illiniwek.

The rally was initiated by the campus group I Deserve Better and co-sponsored by Illini Against a Mascot, Students for Chief Illiniwek and the Orange and Blue Observer newspaper.

'This is my happening and it's freaking me out'

CHAMPAIGN – Saying he was "walking on air" after having met Roger Ebert for the first time, Gov. Pat Quinn opened the critic's 12th annual film festival by proclaiming Wednesday as "Ebertfest Day" in Illinois.