More than 40 percent of Douglas County's 722 cases have come in the past two weeks, requiring local health officials to monitor 633 residents who either have active cases or are close contacts of someone who does ... State's seven-day positivity rate rises to 6.4%, the highest it's been since June 2. 'People want to poke holes in the stats,” IDPH's Dr. Ngozi Ezike says. “You can't deny people in the hospital with COVID; you can't deny people who have died with it.” ... In Champaign County, active cases fall below 300.

Two more women involved in looting at Champaign businesses that occurred in the wake of George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis have pleaded guilty to burglary for probation.

He admitted that on April 17, he pushed and punched a manager at the McDonald’s, 1705 S. Philo Road, U, because a female companion of his had been unhappy with the service she received at the restaurant.

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He admitted that on Sept. 11, 2018, he had methamphetamine in pill form in a vehicle that police pulled over on North Mattis Avenue because it was suspicious.

Assistant State’s Attorney Justin Umlah said Bolton had to be sentenced to between six and 30 years in prison because the conviction was his third for a drug-related offense.

"Black citizens in Champaign County have been limited to areas with restricted access to healthy foods and a disproportionate amount of convenience and liquor stores," the resolution states. "They have also been historically restricted to areas with less essential resources, such as safe and affordable housing, sidewalks, streetlights and parks, leading to a variety of other health issues, including reduced life expectancy, higher rates of infant and maternal mortality and higher rates of lead poisoning."

After three decades of public service, Savoy Village President Joan Dykstra is ready to move on to the next stage of her life next year — retirement.

Savoy’s Marsha Goldenstein celebrated as hard as any Tampa Bay Ray after Saturday night’s dramatic conclusion to Game 4 of the World Series.

Pritzker: “No matter where in Illinois you call home, as you go about your daily lives, remember that this is not over. There seems to be a COVID storm on the rise. And we have to get prepared.” ... New case counts: 42 in Champaign County, 29 in Douglas, 23 on UI campus, 21 in Vermilion, 11 in Ford ... Come Wednesday, 6 of state's 11 regions will have enhanced mitigation measures, including Regions 4 (Metro East) and 10 (suburban Cook County).

Everything about the race between U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis of Taylorville and Democrat challenger Betsy Dirksen Londrigan of Springfield is close, from the money raised to the polling to the money spent on television advertising.

Employee at Rantoul's Broadmeadow Elementary tests positive ... Sunday new case totals: 4,062 statewide, 45 in city of Champaign, 11 in Vermilion County, 9 in Douglas County, 9 in Rantoul, 8 in St. Joseph, 6 in Mahomet ... UI seven-day rate remains 0.2% ... Hospitalizations: 7 in Champaign Co., 14 in Vermilion ... Rosati's: 'No one could have predicted what would unfold over the past 9 months with COVID-19.'