Director resigns from Downtown Danville post

DANVILLE — Downtown Danville Inc. officials announced Wednesday that the organization's executive director, Dana Schaumburg, resigned on Tuesday to take another job.

Schaumburg's last day will be July 25.

DDI Board President Ken Gentrup said DDI's board of directors will meet next week, and most likely will tweak the director's job description before posting the opening.

Fireworks in courtroom after judge sentences Willie Craft

Chaos erupted in a Champaign County courtroom this afternoon just moments after a judge sentenced an Urbana man to prison for killing a University of Illinois student in a traffic crash on campus last fall.

Street closures listing

Here is a list of street closures and road construction in East Central Illinois: (If your public works department wants to send one, submit it via email to

REVISED 7/2: Closures of ramps at the interchange of Interstates 57 and 74 will resume on July 14, a week later than expected because of equipment breakdown.

Guns, drugs found in court-ordered search

URBANA — A man was arrested in Urbana Tuesday on a number of weapons and drug offenses.

Urbana police Sgt. Dan Morgan said his department’s street crimes unit had obtained a search warrant for an apartment in the 1000 block of Kerr Avenue, where Kenon Finley, 22, was believed to be living.

Winter, water hurt some of state's wheat crop

TOLONO — Area wheat farmers are starting to harvest their crops and, in some cases, finding their yields have been reduced by a harsh winter and wet spring.

John Little, who planted about 40 acres of wheat in the Tolono area, said he expects his yields to be "near average."

United Samaritans plans visitors area beyond the usual

DANVILLE — Presence United Samaritans Medical Center is starting construction on a new patient visitor area that hospital officials say will go beyond the traditional waiting room.

The hospital is building a $160,000 "family retreat area" — intended to be a centrally located and comfortable sanctuary for visitors — on the third floor next to the birthing center.

Tom Kacich: Durbin's luck will likely hold

There are those who consider Gov. Pat Quinn the luckiest politician in Illinois — something that's hard to dispute given the way he became governor, succeeding convicted felon Rod Blagojevich.

But Sen. Dick Durbin can make a pretty good case for No. 2.

Danville board to hear from search firms

DANVILLE — School board members today hope to have a better idea of who'll be helping them search for Superintendent Mark Denman's successor.

The board is holding a special meeting at 6:30 p.m. to hear presentations from representatives of four professional educational leadership search firms and the Illinois Association of School Boards.

This day in history: July 9, 2014

Today is Wednesday, July 9, the 190th day of 2014. There are 175 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On July 9, 1944, during World War II, American forces secured Saipan as the last Japanese defenses fell.

On this date:

In 1540, England's King Henry VIII had his 6-month-old marriage to his fourth wife, Anne of Cleves, annulled.

Lansdale coming to Farmer City

FARMER CITY — Country music star Kasey Lansdale will perform in Farmer City on Aug. 2, and the city council will contribute $2,500 from the hotel/motel tax to help fund the concert.

Curt Homann of the Farmer City Chamber of Commerce told council members he hopes attendance will be in the 700-1,000 range — with many of the fans coming from out of town.

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