Chicago likely concert site

The 20th anniversary Farm Aid show is expected to be held in Chicago this September.

The first Farm Aid concert was held in 1985, at the University of Illinois' Memorial Stadium in Champaign.

Young dancers show off their many moves

DANVILLE – Cassandra Jones has been powwow dancing since she was three. This week, the 10-year-old Plainville, Mass., girl is dancing as the head girl dancer at the National Powwow XIII.

"I enjoy dancing," Cassandra said before stepping into the arbor with lead boy dancer – 11-year-old Roryk Brewer of Leominster, Mass. – to lead dances at the Kids Powwow on Friday. Of her special duties, she added, "It makes me feel responsible, and it makes me feel wicked happy."

Migrant workers' advocate retiring

URBANA – A quiet revolution is coming to an end in Urbana, as a quiet revolutionary moves to Mexico.

Hugh Phillips founded El Centro por los Trabajadores a decade ago to help migrant workers who spoke Spanish and American Indian languages.

Coroner: Inmate's death likely 'natural'

URBANA – For the fourth time in 13 months, an inmate at the Champaign County Jail has died.

William D. Marshall, 31, who listed an address in the 2500 block of Prairie Green Drive, Urbana, was pronounced dead at about 3:40 p.m. Thursday at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, according to Champaign County Coroner Duane E. Northrup.

No charges filed yet in boat crash; three men still hospitalized

CLINTON – Three men who were fishing on a pontoon boat on Clinton Lake remained hospitalized Friday with injuries they received when a speed boat crashed into their craft, killing another of their buddies.

Robert Eugene Tharp, 82, of Farmer City was pronounced dead at the Clinton Lake marina at 10:25 p.m., about an hour after the pontoon was hit by Byron Thompson, 27, of Bloomington, the driver of a 19-foot speed boat.

Initiative gets teens involved in government

GIBSON CITY – The two newest members of the Gibson City Council say they hope to make a positive impact on their community.

Of course, they still have to graduate from high school first.

Man killed in boating collision

CLINTON – The oldest man of a group of five fishing buddies was killed in a boating collision on Clinton Lake Thursday night. The man who crashed into the pontoon has been arrested for driving a boat while under the influence of alcohol.

DeWitt County Coroner Alex Calvert said he pronounced Robert Eugene Tharp, 82, of Farmer City, dead at 10:25 p.m. at the Clinton Lake marina.

New spine institute will be built

URBANA – Oh, my aching back...

The folks at Carle Clinic expect to see so many patients coming in with that complaint in the years to come, they're building a new 17,000-square-foot facility in Urbana that will be dedicated entirely to managing ailments of the spine.

Three C-U shelters receive funding

SPRINGFIELD – Gov. Rod Blagojevich announced a total of $156,000 in emergency shelter grants to four area organizations on Thursday, but disappointed a fifth agency that had also sought funding.

According to the governor's office: the Center for Women in Transition in Champaign will get a $55,000 grant; the Salvation Army in Champaign will receive $36,000; the Crisis Nursery in Urbana can expect $10,000; and Your Family Resource Connection in Danville will get $55,000.

Associate Judge Ford picked to fill vacancy

URBANA – Champaign County is back to its full complement of circuit judges for the first time in almost three years but will now need a new associate judge.

Supreme Court Justice Rita Garman announced Thursday morning that Associate Judge Jeff Ford had been appointed to the vacancy created in January 2004 when J.G. Townsend retired.