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Champaign man to plead guilty in fatal DUI crash

A Champaign man charged in a fatal DUI crash plans to plead guilty.

Court records show 32-year-old Chad Berry is currently undergoing in-patient treatment but will be in court May 1 for a plea hearing.  Berry is charged with aggravated DUI, but it's not known what charge he will plead guilty to.

Springfield releases body cam video after officer charged

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Newly released Springfield police body camera footage shows an officer punching a 19-year-old man nearly a dozen times.

High court limits president's power on temporary picks

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that a former top lawyer at the National Labor Relations Board served in violation of a federal law governing temporary appointments.

The 6-2 ruling limits the president's power to fill vacant government posts while nominations are tied up in partisan political fights.

Man gets 10 years in 2015 sex assaults at Champaign nursing home

URBANA — An Urbana man who participated in sex assaults on dementia patients at a Champaign nursing home in 2015 has been sentenced to a decade in prison.

Trent Warren, 19, who listed an address in the 900 block of North Gregory Street, pleaded guilty Monday to two counts of attempted aggravated criminal sexual assault.

Family no longer coming second for Urbana's top cop

URBANA — The personal and professional sides of Police Chief Patrick Connolly's life aligned at just the right time for his resignation.

Danville aldermen to weigh in on proposed fire cuts

DANVILLE — Danville aldermen may find out tonight just how much support there is, or isn't, for cutting 16 firefighters.

Mayor Scott Eisenhauer said Monday that there would be a straw poll of aldermen at tonight's city council meeting to measure support for the plan to lay off 16 firefighters — a move city administration has proposed as a cost-saving measure.

Urbana police chief resigns

URBANA — Patrick Connolly announced at Monday night’s city council meeting that he’s resigning as Urbana police chief, effective April 14.

Connolly cited family reasons and the upcoming change in city leadership as reasons for his decision. He has been chief since 2010 and with the city for 29-plus years.

Anti-abortion doctor, 2 centers sue over Illinois health law

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — An anti-abortion physician and two pregnancy help centers have filed a lawsuit alleging an Illinois law requiring them to discuss abortion with patients is unconstitutional.

Gymnastics teacher accused of sex abuse pleads not guilty

SYCAMORE (AP) — A former gymnastics instructor accused of sexually abusing girls has pleaded not guilty.

Joseph R. Hannon has been in custody since December when he was arrested on charges that he abused a 9-year-old. More charges were added and the number of alleged victims is now six, all younger than age 13.

Crews battle wildfire near Colorado college town

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — Firefighters were able to contain about half of a small but potentially dangerous wildfire just west of downtown Boulder, Colo., that forced hundreds to flee and sent up thick plumes of black smoke.