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PODCAST: Tom Kacich on state, local politics

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The News-Gazette's Tom Kacich analyzes the latest in Springfield and locally.

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06-22-17 Jim Turpin with Tom Ramage, President of Parkland College

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06-22-17 Jim Turpin with the President of Parkland College, Tom Ramage.

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'Give my daughter back'

CHAMPAIGN — Ronggao Zhang has a message for whomever's responsible for his daughter's disappearance 13 days ago on the UI campus.

"Give my daughter back," the father of visiting UI scholar Yingying Zhang said through an interpreter on Thursday.

"Ying, be strong, Dad is waiting for you here," he said. "I hope that being a good person you will be safe forever."

Jim Dey: PC prigs forget comedy is universal

Jose Jimenez died sometime around 1970.

His creator — longtime comedian and comedy writer Bill Dana — passed away June 15 at his home in Nashville, Tenn.

Jiminez was of indeterminate age. Dana was 92.

Because of the passage of time, that news won't mean much to many people.

Davis campaign apes design of sticker seeking his ouster

CHAMPAIGN — It appears that a bumper sticker produced by a Champaign family critical of Congressman Rodney Davis — "Unseat Rodney Davis" — has impressed the congressman and his re-election committee.

They've borrowed the design for their own bumper sticker — "I Support Rodney Davis" — now available for free on Davis' campaign website and Facebook page.

Coroner IDs Mattoon man who died after fight at Lake Paradise

URBANA — Champaign County Coroner Duane Northrup has identified the Mattoon man who died on Wednesday following a fight with another man at Lake Paradise on Sunday.

Northrup said Austin McDowell, 18, of Mattoon was pronounced dead at 2:07 p.m. Wednesday at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.

Northrup said an autopsy will be held Thursday in Urbana.

Parkland trustees OK in-district rates for all aviation students in state

CHAMPAIGN — Parkland College trustees Wednesday night approved offering in-district tuition rates to all Illinois students enrolled in the college's aviation degree program.

Five friends seek new heights for Lifeline-connect

When five friends from the area got together to plan a climb to the peak of Mount Whitney, they figured it would just be remembered as an epic adventure.

Police say Danville man set fire in apartment, then shot himself

DANVILLE — Danville police think a 19-year-old man shot himself and possibly set fire to an apartment at the Beeler Terrace public housing complex Tuesday night.

Director of Public Safety Larry Thomason said Danville police got the call at 11 p.m. Tuesday that a person had called the communications center and threatened to harm himself with a weapon.

Coroner: Man found in Rantoul motel pool did not drown

URBANA — The Champaign County coroner said it does not appear that a Rantoul man who was found dead in a motel pool earlier this week died from drowning.

Duane Northrup said preliminary results from an autopsy performed Wednesday in Urbana on Russell B. Conley Jr. did not find any evidence of trauma or drowning.