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Authorities: Danville inmate tried to hire hitman, wound up talking to undercover ATF agent

DANVILLE — A 23-year-old rural Danville man who was in jail for allegedly committing a hate crime against his neighbor is now facing additional charges of allegedly trying to hire a hitman to have her killed, according to authorities.

Are We There Yet? | UI cancer advocates are Krushing it

CHAMPAIGN — Crystal Reinhart was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia when she was 29, just five months after receiving her doctorate in community psychology.

She has since been through a stem-cell transplant, and while she has some ongoing issues, the Illini fan is now "your average healthy 37-year-old."

Winter weather advisory for all of East Central Illinois

The National Weather Service says all of East Central Illinois will be under a winter weather advisory starting Tuesday night.

The advisory will be in effect until noon Wednesday and includes Champaign, Coles, DeWitt, Douglas, Edgar, Ford, Iroquois, Macon, Moultrie, Piatt, Shelby, and Vermilion counties.

VIDEO: Ammons-Bennett panel analyzes marijuana legalization

State senator Scott Bennett and representative Carol Ammons held a town hall style panel to discuss marijuana legalization on Monday night.

Grant makes Urbana's vision Crystal clear

URBANA — Plans to revitalize the area around Crystal Lake Park have been at the top of the Urbana Park District's wish list for years.

The catch: finding a way to foot the bill for the district's ambitious plans.

Urbana mayor will urge to preserve financial commitment to social service programs

URBANA — Mayor Diane Marlin said she'll recommend that the Urbana City Council maintain its current financial commitment to social service programs it funds alongside Cunningham Township, despite planned expenditure reductions in the budget.

Area history, Feb. 19, 2019

Today is Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019. Here are local news reports from 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Liquidation sales under way at C-U Payless stores

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CHAMPAIGN — With Payless ShoeSource planning to close all 2,100 of its U.S. stores, liquidation sales are under way at the two Champaign locations.

This day in history, Feb. 19, 2019

Today is Tuesday, Feb. 19, the 50th day of 2019. There are 315 days left in the year.

Today's highlight

On Feb. 19, 1968, the children's program "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood," created by and starring Fred Rogers, made its network debut on National Educational Television, a forerunner of PBS, beginning a 31-season run.

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'Let's face it: This is probably going to happen'

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CHAMPAIGN — Champaign County State's Attorney Julia Rietz said that, in her office, the prosecution of cannabis possession and delivery is not a major issue.