Herman selected to lead Urbana campus

URBANA – Richard Herman said it was a privilege to be named chancellor of the University of Illinois this morning, and he called the UI a "lifetime destination ... honor ... (and) responsibility."

UI President B. Joseph White announced Herman as the new leader of the Urbana campus at the Illini Union this morning. The announcement was greeted with enthusiastic applause and standing ovations from a room packed with UI faculty, staff and administrators, and with tears and a voice choked with emotion from Herman.

Man facing five counts of first-degree murder

URBANA – Two men arrested over the weekend for unrelated shootings in Urbana may face extended prison terms because their crimes involved guns.

Dondre Moore, 25, who listed an address in the 1400 block of West Beech Street, Urbana, was arraigned Monday by Champaign County Judge John Kennedy on five counts of first-degree murder. The charges are differently worded versions of the same crime – the April 6 shooting death of Franklin Crawford.

Auto shops try to pass on hazardous waste regulation costs

Who doesn't love an extra fee tacked onto the bill?

Sure, there are always taxes to look forward to, but did you know environmental fees added to car repair and oil change bills can also jack up the total amount due, anywhere from 50 cents to $25 per shop visit?

Large annexation on Champaign agenda

CHAMPAIGN – Sure, it'll mean city police and fire service, access to the Champaign Public Library and being able to participate in Champaign Park District activities.

But Bob Shinham, 4202 Curtis Meadow Drive, C, who lives in the Trails at Brittany subdivision, still isn't excited about what's going to happen to hundreds of his fellow southwest Champaign homeowners Tuesday night.

Public input sought on second site near Clinton

CLINTON – Area residents will have an opportunity Tuesday evening to give input on a proposal to build a second nuclear power plant in Dewitt County.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission will hold a public meeting on a proposal by Exelon Generation Co. to construct a second plant near its existing facility 6 miles east of Clinton.

I-57 crash kills 4; UI grads were returning from party

BUCKLEY – An early morning head-on crash Sunday on Interstate 57 north of Buckley killed four people and caused a second accident.

Three of the four killed were University of Illinois graduates who had been in Champaign for a weekend party sponsored by their former fraternity, according to Iroquois County Coroner Bill Cheatum. The fourth person killed was a Monee man who was headed south for a fishing trip with friends.

Police arrest man during traffic stop

URBANA – Police on Sunday arrested a man they believe shot and killed Franklin Crawford in Urbana on April 6.

Dondre Lamont Moore, 25, was arrested Sunday afternoon by Champaign police during a traffic stop. He was wanted on a warrant issued Friday by Judge Thomas Difanis charging him with the first-degree murder of Mr. Crawford.

It pays to pay attention

URBANA – Mary Thompson of Urbana has learned the hard way that it pays to scrutinize your property tax bill.

Her case is an example of why county residents, whose property tax bills will be in the mail May 2, should take a few minutes to examine their bill before paying it.

Not everything's negotiable, but it's worth a try

Rick Doble has spent much of his life bargaining for many purchases, but what he considers his biggest coup came a few years ago.

For his honeymoon on the North Carolina coast, he booked a room at an upscale oceanside resort.

True old salt readying for tour at sea

OAKWOOD – Bruce Voges is getting ready to put to sea again.

"I don't know if I'm ready or not, but I'm going anyway," said the 78-year old former Navy boatswain.