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Ground broken on assisted-living facility in northern Danville

DANVILLE — A crew was busy pushing dirt and leveling ground Wednesday at the site where construction will soon begin on a new $10 million senior living complex on Danville's northeast side.

State EPA officials blame Lake Iroquois fish kill on 'lake turnover'

LAKE IROQUOIS — Illinois Environmental Protection Agency field staff believe naturally occurring "lake turnover" was to blame for thousands of fish dying at Lake Iroquois on a recent weekend, an agency spokesman said.

Testing of water samples from the lake near Loda detected "very low" levels of the herbicide atrazine, but otherwise came up clean, said IEPA spokeswoman Kim Biggs.

Mahomet man arraigned in accident that caused friend's death

URBANA — A Mahomet man accused of driving while drunk, leading to his friend's death, made his first court appearance Wednesday on felony charges.

Chad Smith, 27, of the 200 block of South Lincoln Street appeared before Judge John Kennedy with his broken arm pinned against his body, an injury he received in an early-morning crash Saturday that took the life of Michael P. Donahue.

St. Joseph forms steering committee on funding for infrastructure work

ST. JOSEPH — A steering committee has been formed to discuss how to fund infrastructure projects in the village.

Urbana police union collecting supplies for elementary students

URBANA — Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 70 is seeking supplies to help elementary school children in Urbana.

Donations are being accepted in the lobby of the Urbana Police Department, 400 S. Vine St., until Aug. 10.

Ohio 18-year-old accused of possessing car stolen in Urbana

URBANA — An 18-year-old from Ohio has been charged with possessing a vehicle stolen from Urbana early Tuesday.

The arrest of Treyton Wilson of Columbus was his second this week for a similar offense, but no charges were filed in connection with his earlier arrest.

Prosecutor: 'There are other victims that have come forward'

DANVILLE — A former volunteer with the North Ridge Middle School music program accused of sexually abusing a teenage boy in 2011 and 2012 met the victim when he was 10 through their involvement with the Danville Light Opera, according to Vermilion County’s top prosecutor.

Wedding bandit comes clean

CHAMPAIGN — A guest at a wedding reception at a Champaign hotel over the weekend has been told to come to court next month after he admitted stealing money from the married couple's cards.

Street closures listing

Here is a list of street closures and road construction in East Central Illinois, provided by public works offices (If your public works department wants to send one, submit it via email to breaking@news-gazette.com):

UI Chicago moving ahead on merger with private law school in Loop

CHICAGO — The University of Illinois at Chicago could soon have its own law school, a counterpart to the 121-year-old College of Law at the Urbana campus.

The UI Chicago announced last November that it was in merger talks with John Marshall Law School, a diverse private institution in Chicago's South Loop area.