Courts Police Fire

Courts Police Fire

Urbana father charged with battery to baby

URBANA — A 2-month-old child is expected to recover from internal injuries that authorities believe may have been inflicted by her father over the weekend.

Two killed in Ford County crash

MELVIN — The drivers of two pickup trucks were killed in a Tuesday head-on collision in rural Ford County.

Ford County Coroner Doug Wallace said Jack D. Moody, 77, of rural Roberts was pronounced dead at 5:20 p.m. at the scene of the crash.

Court date this week for accused murderer

ROCKFORD — The Rockford man accused of brutally murdering a Monticello mother and killing his high school classmate is due back in court Thursday as prosecutors in northern Illinois move closer to trial in the double-murder case.

State halts insurance deduction from pension checks; refund timing uncertain

Thousands of retirees from the University of Illinois and other state agencies should notice a slightly larger annuity check this month.

Health insurance premiums will no longer be deducted from pension checks as of Oct. 1, following summer court rulings that overturned a state law requiring retirees to pay toward their insurance coverage.

Next goal for Illinois 911 service: pictures and videos

While text to 911 service may be on the near horizon in Champaign County, officials statewide are eventually looking to make it possible for you to send pictures and videos to an emergency dispatch center.

Rantoul man faces gun, drug charges

URBANA — A Rantoul man who allegedly had guns and drugs in an Urbana motel room has been criminally charged.

Carlton A. Johns, 27, who listed an address in the 300 block of South Maplewood Drive, is due back in court Nov. 25 after being charged Monday with being an armed habitual criminal, unlawful use of weapons by a felon and possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance.

Olympian Michael Phelps arrested on DUI charge


Associated Press

Updated: Shots fired at Kentucky school, 1 student hurt

DYLAN LOVAN, Associated Press

Woman charged in murder-for-hire case

TUSCOLA — An Arcola woman who allegedly wanted to eliminate the competition for her man is in the Douglas County Jail.

Michelle L. Smith, 34, was charged in Douglas County Circuit Court Friday with solicitation to commit murder for hire, a Class X felony carrying penalties ranging from 20 to 40 years in prison upon conviction.

Theft brings 5-year prison sentence

URBANA — A Champaign man with a history of committing burglary was sentenced Monday to five years in prison for his latest conviction.