Area celebrations mark holiday

Other area celebrations


Arthur: Parade from Jurgens Park through downtown, 10 a.m.

Charleston: Morton Park, Illinois 16 and Lincoln Avenue; parade, 1 p.m.; fireworks, Coles County Airport, dusk, free.

Burglary roundup

Local police recently received the following burglary reports:


– 2700 block of Campbell Drive: Vehicle entered on Wednesday; in-dash stereo, video camera, global positioning system and Xbox game among stolen items.

Customers upset at bank failure but let money stay put

DANVILLE – Danville resident Willie Woods withdrew $700 from his First National Bank of Danville-Westville savings account on Thursday morning to pay some bills. When he heard that federal regulators had taken over the failed bank later that afternoon, his initial reaction was to empty out the rest of the account.

"I went back, but the doors were locked," said Woods, a longtime customer. "It was kind of scary. I was like, 'What's going on?'"

Numerous code violations found at defunct hotel

CHAMPAIGN – A city inspection of Gateway Studios, the shuttered hotel at 1505 N. Neil St., found 401 property maintenance and fire code violations.

UI chancellor to testify Monday in admissions probe

URBANA – University of Illinois Chancellor Richard Herman will testify Monday before a state panel investigating the school's admissions procedures, including whether politically connected applicants received special treatment.

3 of 6 Urbana grade schools hit target on tests

URBANA – Three of Urbana's six elementary schools made adequate yearly progress this year under the No Child Left Behind act, and three did not.

But the margin between meeting the target and not meeting it for the latter three schools came down to the test scores of no more than 20 students.

Fireworks traffic plan in place for Champaign

CHAMPAIGN – Fireworks for the Champaign County Freedom Celebration will be tonight at Dodds Park in northwest Champaign, next to Parkland College.

The event has been marred with traffic snarls in the past since moving to Parkland two years ago.

State revenues down precipitously

SPRINGFIELD – State tax and fee revenue was off by more than $2 billion for the fiscal year that ended Tuesday. And a state legislative commission is projecting that revenue will drop another billion dollars in the current fiscal year.

Hardware store in southwest Champaign to close

Ace Hardware in Champaign is expected to close later this summer.

The store, at 2411 Village Green Place, will close by mid-August, said a store manager who declined to provide his name on Thursday.

Man sentenced in drug case

URBANA – A Champaign man who admitted selling drugs to support himself and his family was sentenced earlier this week to four years of probation and two months of home confinement.