Paxton's Family Dollar closing Aug. 9

PAXTON — The Family Dollar store in Paxton is closing in August as a result of slow sales.

A sign was posted Monday on the front door of the discount store, located at 100 W. Ottawa Road, informing customers of the impending closure.

Oberweis believes he can win but needs more money to do it

CHAMPAIGN — Republican Jim Oberweis acknowledges he is in an uphill battle against three-term incumbent U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, a Springfield Democrat.

But a candidate has to dream.

Supporters rally behind UT President Powers

JIM VERTUNO, Associated Press

Gifford, township get state money

GIFFORD — Already getting back on its feet after a destructive tornado nearly eight months ago, the village of Gifford got more good news Monday when Gov. Pat Quinn and a host of state officials came to town.

ADM to buy Swiss flavoring maker for about $3 billion

DECATUR, Ill. (AP) — Agribusiness giant ADM will pay about $3 billion to buy the privately held Swiss company Wild Flavors, which supplies natural ingredients to the food and beverage industry.

Flooding closes 2 Mississippi River bridges

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Two Mississippi River bridges are closed due to flooding, and with more storms in the forecast, there is growing concern that conditions could worsen in parts of Missouri and Illinois.

Suspect in custody

Editor's note: This story appeared in print on Saturday, July 5, 2014. 

MONTICELLO — A sense of relief spread through the city Friday as residents learned that police had arrested a man suspected of murdering Tonya "Toni" Bargman, a Monticello mother of two, at a rest area along Interstate 39 on Tuesday.

Sizing up the new Big Ten

Only in the Big Ten — full of world-renowned universities, Nobel laureates, Pulitzer winners, inventors — does 12+2 equal 10.

Who's next to join the Big Ten? Tell Tom Kacich here

This day in history: July 7, 2014

Today is Monday, July 7, the 188th day of 2014. There are 177 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On July 7, 1865, four people were hanged in Washington, D.C., for conspiring with John Wilkes Booth to assassinate President Abraham Lincoln.

On this date:

Area history, July 7, 2014

Today is Monday, July 7, 2014. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1914: The T.D. Wilson lot sale in Champaign on July 16 will feature two flying exhibitions by well-known aviator Henry Cole. Forty-four lots are to be sold and Cole will give a flight before and after each sale. Cole will fly his 8-cylinder, 80-horsepower Curtis biplane.

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