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Illinois AG sues, alleging student loan debt scams

SOPHIA TAREEN, Associated Press


Danville considers additional school resource officer

DANVILLE — The Danville school district may have another school resource officer on the roster later this year.

Board members on Wednesday will vote on whether to partner with the city of Danville to add a fourth officer.


Police investigate battery and possible attempted sexual assault

CHAMPAIGN — Police are investigating a battery and possible attempted sexual assault Saturday afternoon in Champaign.

According to a police report, officers were called to the 300 block of East Daniel Street, Champaign, at 1 p.m. Saturday.

A woman said she was attempting to enter her apartment when a man approached her from behind and pulled down her skirt.


John Roska: The law on post-dated checks

Q: Are post-dated checks legal? A person I owe money to asked me to write 3 checks, dated for 3 different dates in the future. They promised to wait until the date on each check to cash it.

A: Post-dated checks are perfectly legal. If they weren't, "pay day" lenders and other crude forms of credit couldn't exist.


UPDATED 3:10 p.m.: Flash flood warning extended (w/video)

LINCOLN - The National Weather Service in Lincoln has extended a flood warning until 10 p.m. Saturday for:

Champaign County in East Central Illinois
Eastern McLean County in Central Illinois
Eastern Piatt County in Central Illinois

The area will then remain under a flood watch from 10 p.m. Saturday through Sunday afternoon.


Cities hit by settlement in AT&T case

CHAMPAIGN — A years-old mistake by AT&T will cost the cities of Champaign, Urbana and hundreds of other municipalities around the state millions of dollars during the next year.


Five ready to graduate from drug court

URBANA — Five people set to graduate from Champaign County's drug court program have been to jail or prison a total of 21 times in their adult lives.

If the knowledge and skills they've learned over the last several months sink in, they won't be going back.

That's what the administrators of the intensive program hope, anyway.


Dog's fate in hands of hearing officer

RANTOUL — Harvey the mastiff-pit bull mix is a friendly dog that enjoys playing with children, loves frolicking with other dogs in his home and is not a threat to anyone.

Harvey the mastiff-pit bull mix is an aggressive dog that attacked another dog walking down the street with his masters and should be put down.


Schools approve contract for police officer

ST. JOSEPH — St. Joseph-Ogden High School, Prairieview-Ogden and St. Joseph Grade School and Middle School recently approved the contract for their student resource officer.

Sheriff's Deputy Alicia Maxey splits her time among the three districts. SJ-O pays 70 percent of her contract because she spends the majority of her time at the school.


Traffic stop leads to weapons charges against passenger

URBANA — A Champaign man who allegedly had a stolen gun in a car with him Thursday night in Urbana has been charged with two felonies.

Billy D. Palmer, 35, who listed an address in the 300 block of Lockraven Road, was charged Friday with being an armed habitual criminal, a Class X felony, and possession of a stolen firearm.


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