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Second UI student accused in menorah vandalism charged

URBANA — The second of two University of Illinois students accused of damaging the menorah at the Chabad Center for Jewish Life on campus in October has been formally charged.

Man on parole for selling drugs acquitted of similar crime

URBANA — A Champaign County jury Thursday acquitted a man on parole for selling drugs of doing the same thing.

The jury deliberated about four hours before acquitting Martez Taylor, 27, of six counts of delivery of heroin that allegedly occurred between Feb. 21 and May 23 in Champaign.

Victims of Campustown shooting speak: 'This past year was hell on Earth'

George Korchev was about to change the world in his new career as a nurse, said his girlfriend.

In a statement that she read aloud to the judge for four minutes, Samantha Steinburg called her late boyfriend "the most wonderful man I had the privilege of knowing."

69-year sentence for Campustown murder (w/ video)

URBANA — A convicted murderer with a shooting conviction in his past will spend what amounts to the rest of his life in prison.

Judge Roger Webber on Thursday sentenced Robbie Patton to 69 years in prison for the shooting death of one man and the wounding of three others a year ago in Campustown.

Rotary's Cannon Grants put after-school program, food bank on the move

CHAMPAIGN — For the Urbana Neighborhood Connections Center, the Champaign Rotary Club's Cannon Grant means a new bus, which will cut in half the number of trips needed to collect the after-school program's participants daily.

Danville man convicted of threatening police officer

DANVILLE — A 45-year-old Danville man could face two to 10 years in prison for threatening to shoot a police officer.

A Vermilion County jury deliberated for 28 minutes before finding Ochein Wilson guilty of threatening a public official, a Class 3 felony.

Danville railroad crossing where boy died to be upgraded

DANVILLE — Nearly $700,000 in safety improvements will likely be made within a year at the Danville railroad crossing where a 13-year-old boy on a bicycle was killed in June after being struck by a train.

Jim Dey: For Champaign Central student, practice makes perfect on ACT

Near-perfection wasn't good enough for Caleb Patton.

"After I took the first ACT, I thought I was right there. So I said to myself, 'Why not try for it?'" the Champaign Central High School senior said, referring to his initial score of 35 on the American College Testing exam.

The Health Reporter Is In: Dec. 14, 2017

Q: When visiting older parents for the holidays, are there some major Alzheimer's disease warning signs to watch out for? And are the holidays a good time or a bad time to bring up your observations with other family members who may not have noticed?

Danville school board approves slight decrease in property-tax levy

DANVILLE — The Danville school board on Wednesday approved a 2017 tax levy that has a slightly lower rate than last year's.

Under the proposal, the district will bring in about $18.82 million in property taxes, including bond and interest (about $2.28 million) — a decrease of about $77,127.