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Police on alert after several campus fires

University of Illinois and Champaign police are increasing patrols after a series of fires early Sunday.

Music, faith tie 9-member Monticello family together

Family, faith and music. The nine-member King family of Monticello has combined these elements to stay a tight-knit and happy group.

It started, innocently enough, with the purchase of a violin at a local music shop's sidewalk sale. Tim and Kim King had four children at the time, with the oldest one being their 5-year-old son Caleb. The violin was purchased by a friend of the Kings, with the stipulation that Kim would teach the friend's son to play along with Caleb. The arrangement was convenient for the family, which had always planned to make music a part of their children's lives.

Trees snap power pole in Urbana, causing outage

Power is back on in Urbana, after some 3,000 people had been without it for several hours on Sunday.

Tolono man remains hospitalized after 2-vehicle crash

TOLONO – A Tolono man remained hospitalized Saturday with injuries he received Thursday evening when he was hit by an alleged drunken driver north of Tolono.

Illinois State Police at Pesotum said Dale Stierwalt, 74, of Tolono was driving his car south on U.S. 45, about a half-mile south of County Road 900 N, when it was hit from behind about 7 p.m. by a vehicle driven by Thomas A. Mathis, 21, of Lemont.

Newest UI trustee had little chance to be part of board

Newly appointed University of Illinois Trustee Edward McMillan barely had time to settle into the job before, as they say, all hell broke loose.

McMillan, a business consultant from Greenville, was tapped by Gov. Pat Quinn on March 18 to fill the seat vacated by Chicago attorney Bob Sperling, whose term had expired. His first official board meeting was May 21 in Chicago.

Tolono man injured by alleged drunken driver

TOLONO — A Tolono man remained hospitalized Saturday with injuries he received Thursday evening when he was hit by an alleged drunken driver north of Tolono.

Suspect sought in Urbana convenience store robbery

URBANA – Urbana police are investigating the robbery of a convenience store Friday morning.

Police were called to the Circle K Marathon, 809 W. Green St., U, after 11 a.m. They were looking for a man who was believed to have fled in a car.

Laid off? The News-Gazette will give you 3 months for $1

People who have recently been laid off work may be eligible to receive a three-month subscription to The News-Gazette for only $1, according to John Foreman, the newspaper's editor and publisher.

If work isn't found within those three months, The News-Gazette will continue to extend three-month subscriptions at that rate for up to a full year, he said.

Danville trio sentenced to 6 years for fatal shooting

DANVILLE – Three Danville men will serve prison time for their involvement with the 2008 fatal shooting of Kenneth Sims on Danville's east side.

Rickey L. Lane, 28; Jamie D. Clark, 29; and Jonathan M. Tabor, 30, each was sentenced to six years behind bars in Vermilion County Circuit Court on Thursday.

Colleagues back state Rep. Bill Black for UI trustee

CHARLESTON – Sen. Dale Righter said Gov. Pat Quinn could boost his standing among East Central Illinois voters by appointing state Rep. Bill Black to the University of Illinois board of trustees.