2 men plead innocent to having marijuana for sale

URBANA – Two Urbana men pleaded innocent Tuesday afternoon to charges of felony possession with the intent to deliver marijuana.

According to a University of Illinois police report, officers pulled over a vehicle near the corner of Lincoln Avenue and Green Street, Urbana, for a routine traffic stop at 8:48 p.m. Monday. Police arrested Chigbogu Ezeofor, 22, who listed an address in the 300 block of West Springfield Avenue, Urbana, for possession of more than 500 grams of marijuana with the intent to deliver and for illegal transportation of liquor.

Suspect in baby's death pleads guilty to manslaughter

DANVILLE – A week before the start of his murder trial, a Danville man pleaded guilty to a lesser charge in connection with the 2006 shaking death of 2½-year-old Reagan Williams, who died while in his care.


Ryan Allhands, 24, pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count of involuntary manslaughter, a Class 2 felony. By doing so, he admitted to unintentionally killing Reagan, "a family or household member, without lawful justification by recklessly performing the acts which caused her death" and that those acts "were likely to cause death or great bodily harm."

Award-winner stopped at nothing to earn college degree

It takes a lot to impress Marlo Britton.

A case manager for the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity's Bureau of Workforce Development, Britton said she has never seen anyone as determined as Cecil Rhodes. And that's saying something, because Britton's mother raised 13 children.

Storm sewer work to close lane of Neil Street downtown

CHAMPAIGN – A part of Neil Street in downtown Champaign will be closed for about three days for storm sewer repair.

Southbound traffic on Neil Street between Columbia Avenue and Vine Street will be merged into one lane from 7:30 a.m. today through about 5 p.m. Friday.

Danville council tries to brainstorm budget fixes

DANVILLE – Facing a $1.5 million deficit next year, Danville Mayor Scott Eisenhauer challenged aldermen Tuesday night to decide what services the city should no longer provide, and if all are essential, then what revenues should be created or increased.

Eisenhauer said the city is beyond the point of making cuts within services and departments, showing during a budget presentation that the city has eliminated 58 employee positions in the last five years. The bulk of those personnel cuts came earlier this year, when about 24 positions were cut to balance the budget for the current fiscal year.

First Busey suffers $283.7 million loss in third quarter

CHAMPAIGN – As was forewarned a month ago, First Busey Corp. reported a massive net loss for the third quarter but indicated the worst may be over.

The parent company of Busey Bank on Tuesday reported a net loss of $283.7 million, or $7.92 per share, for the quarter that ended Sept. 30.

Ex-Chanute area earns designation as foreign trade zone

RANTOUL – Rantoul has a new incentive to offer businesses now that part of the former Chanute Air Force Base has been designated a subzone of the Peoria foreign trade zone.

Companies can make use of the subzone to defer, reduce or eliminate customs duties on products coming in from abroad.


Subdivision will not get work from city crews

VILLA GROVE – City workers will not be completing a list of repairs needed to move the Pheasant Point subdivision into the next phase of development.

Urbana man charged with sexual abuse

URBANA – An Urbana man accused of sexually molesting a child several years ago is due back in court next month.

Champaign attorney Walter Ding entered his appearance in Champaign County Circuit Court Tuesday for Kenji Haley, 31.

Crime report

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