DeWitt board, Clinton Landfill owners reach deal barring PCBs

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CLINTON — Ending a 7-year-long dispute, the DeWitt County Board on Thursday night voted to approve a settlement agreement with the owners of Clinton Landfill that keeps PCBs and manufactured-gas-plant wastes out of the landfill.

Texas expert: Leadership key to good jail-diversion programs

URBANA — Champaign County is ripe for implementation of a model program that would keep the homeless and mentally ill out of jail and enable them to get needed health care and social services, a nationally recognized expert said Thursday.

All it needs is leadership to promote the idea, said Leon Evans, president and CEO of The Center for Health Care Services in Bexar County, Texas.

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WCIA Channel 3 didn’t have to look far to find somebody to fill the news anchor chair. Aaron Bennett has been on the set for five years as sports director. 

Hangin' with Biden: 'Cool is an understatement'

URBANA — What's a visit to campus without an Alma Mater photo op?

Vice President Joe Biden detoured through Campustown on his way back to Willard Airport on Thursday to take pictures at the iconic University of Illinois statue.

Biden had seen photos of Alma decorated for his appearance today, and asked students about it as soon as he came on stage.

Marathoners running for their country

There are goals outside of winning the race for some runners in Saturday’s Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon.

In the men’s and women’s divisions of the full and half-marathons, there are pre-established times that will qualify elite runners for next year’s Olympic Trials.

“This race will just be a steppingstone,” said Shawna McClain Han, 32, of Broomfield, Colo.

Biden: 'This is within our power'

URBANA – University of Illinois junior Alyx Davidson couldn’t contain her excitement Thursday when Vice President Joe Biden walked on stage before his speech to hundreds of students on campus.

Jailed man charged with two Champaign bank robberies

URBANA — A Peoria man currently serving a prison sentence for robbing a bank in Peoria in May 2012 was arraigned Thursday on charges that he robbed two banks in Champaign that same month.

Updated: new set of cold weather advisories issued for East Central Illinois

New 4:09 p.m. Thursday:

A freeze warning has been issued for Vermilion and Edgar counties from 1 a.m. until 8 a.m. Friday.  In these areas, the low temperature Friday morning could reach 30 degrees.

Allerton woman agrees to repay church $10,000

URBANA — An Allerton woman accused of stealing thousands of dollars from a University of Illinois campus church has agreed to repay her former employer more than $10,000.

Fire damages east Urbana mobile home

URBANA — A fire in a mobile home in east Urbana was put out quickly late Thursday morning, but not before doing moderate damage.

Edge-Scott Fire Protection District Capt. Taylor Clark said Will Eades was outside of his home at 46 Kickapoo Trail just after 10 a.m. when he noticed smoke coming from the rear of his home.