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Area history, April 28, 2016

In 1916, Mrs. William "Toots" Mullin, who a week ago shot and killed Roy Ludwick at her home in Champaign, was not held for murder by the grand jury but was indicted on eight counts of selling liquor.

Four-story Urbana complex proposed

CHAMPAIGN — Urbana officials are hopeful that a multimillion-dollar, 190-unit mixed-use development will be built on the square block north of the Urbana City Building.

Donations flooding in for Bear

URBANA — Bear may have had it even worse than anyone knew.

Ex-Parkland president's most valuable lesson: Life isn't about titles

CHAMPAIGN — Once Paul Magelli realized there's more to life than your title, he became a lot happier.

He learned the lesson in August 1989, when he signed a separation agreement to step down from the post of president of Parkland College after a rocky two-year tenure that included controversial budget decisions and a faculty vote of "no confidence."

Top of the Morning, April 28, 2016

Just like Roger Ebert’s statue in front of the Virginia Theatre, Joni Gruelle Wannamaker is sure a bronze tribute to Raggedy Ann and Andy will draw picture-taking crowds to downtown Arcola.

Granddaughter of the rag dolls’ creator, Arcola-born Johnny Gruelle, Wanamaker is all for a plan that calls for a statue of Raggedy Ann and Andy sitting on a bench just off Oak Street.

Portillo's considering Champaign location

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OAK BROOK — Portillo’s, an iconic Chicago-area restaurant chain that recently expanded into Arizona, California and Indiana, will announce today that it plans to open its first downstate restaurant — in Normal — in 2017.

UPDATED: Nontenure faculty union strike may last through semester's end

Updated 11:15 p.m.

CHAMPAIGN — Nontenure-track faculty members at the University of Illinois planned to walk out of classes again Thursday — and possibly for the rest of the semester — after contract talks ended without a settlement Wednesday.

'Things just led to worse things'

URBANA — An Indiana man testified Wednesday that accused murderer Kevin Kelley told him three years ago, while the two of them were in prison together, that he had done something bad to a woman.

“It was a random conversation, then he just said he messed up. He had a call girl at his house and ended up throwing her in the river,” said Shane Halsema, 41, of Lafayette, Ind.

Motorcyclist injured in crash

CHAMPAIGN — One man was taken to an area hospital after a motorcycle he was riding crashed into two vehicles in Champaign on Wednesday afternoon.

Champaign police said the motorcycle was making a turn at the intersection of Green and Neil streets at about 5:15 p.m. when it hit first one vehicle and then a second vehicle.

Mother of victim: 'I know these people'

CHAMPAIGN — In between sobbing at the thought of how her daughter’s body was discovered and smiling at the memory of how bubbly her Ashley was, an emotional Ranae Gibson sat on an orange leather couch Wednesday and tried to make sense of the fact that the man she believes is responsible for her pain was someone close to her family.