Sentencing delayed for man who defrauded bank

URBANA — Sentencing for a Champaign landlord and architect who pleaded guilty to defrauding an area bank was delayed again Friday at the federal courthouse in Urbana.

U.S. District Court Judge Colin Bruce rescheduled the case against Gene "G.T." Hardwick until Nov. 28, at which time a renegotiated guilty plea agreement is expected to be presented to Bruce, with sentencing to follow.

Area history, Nov. 5, 2016

Today is Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Merci's Refuge: 'A place for change if you want (it) ..."

CHAMPAIGN — In her line of work, Greta Henry has seen women who have become so beaten down in their lives, they just plain run out of hope.

"They have felt like they are ashes," she said.

Henry has been waiting for years to offer a nurturing residential program in the local community that she believes can help, and the wait is over.

Clergy corner, Nov. 4, 2016

Hard to say who was pulling harder for the Cubs in Game 7 — St. Matthew's superfan pastor or the kids at the Champaign school who remembered the promise he made 41/2 years ago.

Should baseball's lovable losers ever win it all, the Rev. ROBERT RAYSON said back then, everyone gets a day off from school.

UI professor to strut his stuff for good cause

CHAMPAIGN — Tonight, Will Patterson will be one of 10 busting moves during the Dancing with the C-U Stars fundraiser at the Refinery. The winner is chosen based on votes in the form of dollars donated by the more than 400 in attendance, with all proceeds going to the Don Moyer Boys and Girls Club.

The #MJs, Nov. 4, 2016

On Fridays, staff writer Marcus Jackson (@MarcusJ_NG) will provide a quick glance at the best that Twitter has to offer. This week, a special World Series edition.



Area history, Nov. 4, 2016

Today is Friday, Nov. 4, 2016. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Ex-M-S Junior High principal to return as district superintendent

MAHOMET — A former Mahomet-Seymour Junior High principal is returning to the community as the school district's next superintendent.

Lindsey Hall won't start until July 1, 2017 — when current Superintendent Rick Johnston's retirement takes effect — but Mahomet-Seymour trustees will hold a special meeting Monday to formally approve her hire, they said Thursday.

What's in a name? Champaign's Lincolnshire Fields neighborhood

Bob Shapland Sr.'s family came to the United States from England. So during his years as a premier developer in Champaign County, Shapland started a neighborhood in town during the 1950s — near the intersection of Kirby and Prospect avenues — and named it Lincolnshire, which is also a historical county in the east of England.

Oh, what a night

Parents of tired Cubs fans made no bones about absences at one Chicago school Thursday morning, with a list of excuses circulated on social media reading "Cubs," "Cubs win World Series" and "Cubs!!"

Even in Champaign-Urbana, 150 miles south of Wrigley Field, the baseball hangover was apparent.