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This day in history, June 21, 2015

Today is Sunday, June 21, the 172nd day of 2015. There are 193 days left in the year. Summer arrives at 12:38 p.m. EDT. This is Father's Day.

Today's Highlight in History:

On June 21, 1788, the United States Constitution went into effect as New Hampshire became the ninth state to ratify it.

On this date:

John Roska: Supreme Court ruling will affect 13 states, but not Illinois

Q: If the Supreme Court decides against gay marriage, how would that affect gay marriage in Illinois?

A: It wouldn't. A decision against gay marriage would only affect states that prohibit gay marriage. Illinois abolished its prohibition by legalizing gay marriage on June 1, 2014.

Intruder steals cash from Urbana home while residents present

URBANA — Champaign County sheriff’s deputies are looking for a man who entered a home in northeast Urbana early Saturday to steal.

Sheriff’s Sgt. Dan Coile said the woman living in the home in the 200 block of Spring Circle was in her garage working about 2:30 a.m. when she came into the kitchen, saw the rear sliding door open and heard a noise.

Urbana man arrested after friend wounded

CHAMPAIGN — An Urbana man who allegedly accidentally shot a friend at a party in Champaign early Saturday was arrested for a weapons violation.

Ex-McHenry coroner charged, accused of not burying fetuses

WOODSTOCK, Ill. (AP) — The former longtime McHenry County coroner has been indicted on charges she failed to bury two fetuses.

Shooting suspect feared 'blacks were taking over the world'

JEFFREY COLLINS, Associated Press
RUSS BYNUM, Associated Press

Pastors focus on healing in wake of Charleston shooting

When Pastor Charles Nash speaks to his congregation Sunday at the New Hope Church of God in Christ in Champaign's north end, his sermon will be unlike any he's ever given.

"It is time for all of us to pray — like never before," he said Thursday evening, less than 24 hours after the mass murder of nine people who'd gathered for Bible study at a renowned black church in Charleston, S.C.

UI expert: Shooting echoes acts through history

The killing of nine black Americans inside a historic church that's been at the forefront of civil rights for almost two centuries could be an "early indicator" of more hate crimes to come, an African-American historian says.

Man formally charged with attempted murder in Champaign shooting

URBANA — A Champaign man who allegedly shot another man because he was being teased was charged Thursday with attempted first-degree murder.

Judge John Kennedy ordered Diego Christmon, 24, of the 900 block of North Fifth Street, to be back in court with a lawyer next week.

Police so far unable to speak to burn victim

CHAMPAIGN — Champaign police have yet to speak at length with a woman seriously burned in a fire at her home Tuesday.

Sgt. Dennis Baltzell said the 36-year-old woman, whose name they are not making public, remains at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield with burns over much of her body.

Police and firefighters were called to her home at 829 W. Maple St., at 1:12 p.m. Tuesday.