UI service workers ratify new contract

URBANA — Food-service and building-service workers voted to ratify a new contract with the University of Illinois on Monday.

Ricky Baldwin, spokesman for Service Employees International Local 73, said more than 90 percent of food-service workers and 96 percent of building-service workers voted to accept the tentative agreement, which was reached last week through federal mediation.

No punishment yet for Urbana's sanctuary-city status

URBANA — If President Donald Trump follows through with his pledge to strip federal funding from sanctuary cities, Urbana would stand to lose more than a million dollars.

Urbana resolution addresses mental health, safety

URBANA — On Monday, the city council started discussing a resolution addressing the intersections between mental health, criminal justice and public safety.

A Life Remembered: 'She always had a smile on her face'

DANVILLE — Friends and loved ones are remembering a 19-year-old Danville woman who was found in a submerged car in Lake Vermilion early Saturday morning as a caring person who loved to sing and help others.

"She always had a smile on her face," Blessing Lipscomb said of La'Bresha R. Lillard, whom she called her best friend.

Jim Dey: He's got a vested interest in state budget deal

Greg Baise isn't one of the brawlers in the 20-month-old state budget scrum between Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan, but he's sure got a dog in the fight.

News agencies seek details on tool feds used to unlock iPhone

WASHINGTON — The Associated Press and two other news organizations asked a judge Monday to force the federal government to reveal how much it paid for a tool to unlock an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino, Calif., shooters.

UI at 150: Sports jobs

Up today in our UI-at-150 series: A trip down memory lane with three alumni who didn’t play sports in college but landed big-time jobs in pro sports — with the Cleveland Cavaliers, New York Yankees and Chicago Bulls. 

Lincoln Square: From epicenter to comfort space

Just before 10 o'clock on a recent February Friday morning, Chelsey Campbell is standing near what used to be the entrance to the original Carson Pirie Scott department store. Today, Tang Dynasty, a Chinese restaurant a few feet to her left is the marquee establishment at that entrance. Inches away to her right is a "For Lease" sign for the available space inside Lincoln Square.

Development in North Prospect corridor gaining steam

CHAMPAIGN — There's more in store for the commercial strip along Champaign's bustling North Prospect Avenue.

Green Street Realty — which has already developed one retail center on the west side of Prospect with a newly opened Taco John's restaurant — has staked a claim on the east side of the road.

Area history, Feb. 21, 2017

Today is Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017. Here are local news reports from 100, 50 and 15 years ago: