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St. Joseph man admits transporting, possessing child pornography

URBANA — A former Monticello schools employee faces multiple decades behind bars after admitting to federal child-pornography charges. William Bell, 40, of St. Joseph pleaded guilty Thursday in U.S. District Court in Urbana to transportation of child pornography and possession of child pornography.


Urbana man gets 3 years after ounce of pot found during traffic stop

URBANA — An Urbana man who admitted having cannabis for sale when he was arrested in Urbana last fall has been sentenced to three years in prison. Darius J. Kirk, 24, who listed an address in the 200 block of South Grove Street, pleaded guilty Tuesday before Judge Tom Difanis to possession with inte


UI prof on leave over 'accusations regarding his conduct'

CHAMPAIGN — A UI economics professor and one-time Champaign mayoral candidate has been placed on administrative leave while the university investigates “accusations regarding his conduct,” a campus official told News-Gazette Media.


Police: U of I educator stole thousands from university

URBANA, Ill. (WAND) – A professor at the U of I is officially charged with stealing thousands of dollars from the university. Mahomet man Wai-Tat Fu, 47, is accused of pocketing $16,000 from fraudulent and duplicate travel expenses submitted to the school. Police say the thefts happened between Nove


Champaign man gets year in prison for eighth DUI-related conviction

URBANA — Calling him "dangerous" behind the wheel, a judge Thursday ordered a Champaign man behind bars for one year for his eighth DUI-related conviction. In admonishing David Pribble, Judge Tom Difanis said "it's amazing ... he hasn't injured someone."


Authorities: Deadly Illinois trailer fire intentionally set

GOODFIELD, Ill. – Authorities say a mobile home fire that killed three children and two adults in central Illinois was intentionally set. Woodford County Coroner Tim Ruestman said Thursday that the deaths will be ruled homicides and a juvenile is being questioned.


72-Year-Old Woman Shoved, Shot at, Stolen From in Home Invasion

Urbana, IL — An elderly woman was reportedly threatened, shoved down, and shot at by a 22-year old ex-con with a stolen gun during a home invasion which resulted in his theft of the woman’s vehicle along with “various electronics, cash, and credit cards.”


Criminal charges filed against UI professor

UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS (WCIA) -- An associate professor is accused of stealing money by submitting false travel reimbursements. Wai-Tat Fu is facing charges of theft and official misconduct. University officials say an internal audit shows the reimbursements added up to more than $16,000. Police say


Two schools on soft lockdown

MAHOMET, Ill. (WCIA) -- Two schools were put on a soft lockdown due to a threat made related to a domestic situation. Police have not specified where the domestic situation is taking place. Mahomet-Seymour superintendent Lindsey Hall says it was around 12:55 pm both Lincoln Trail Elementary and Maho


UPDATE: Fire closes Illini Union basement

URBANA — Officials continue to investigate the cause of a fire in the Einstein Bros. Bagels location that closed the basement of the Illini Union this morning. Urbana fire crews remain on the scene at 1401 W. Green St. in the heart of the University of Illinois campus.


It happened here: In 1928, Charlie Birger was the last man publicly hanged in Illinois

On the day Birger was hanged, the Carbondale Free Press proclaimed: "Nerve Unshaken, Dies As He Lived; Smiles and Does Not 'Squeal.'" Birger was responsible for a lot of violence, but the crime that ultimately led to his death sentence was his involvement in the murder of then-West City Mayor Joe Ad


Bus Company Must Pay $100,000 for Mocking Chinese International Students

A bus company in Champaign, Illinois has coughed up a six-figure payment in a legal battle that stemmed from an email advertisement in which they mocked Chinese students. Suburban Express, which operates between college campuses and the Chicago area, claimed that “You won’t feel like you’re in China


9 Big-Ticket Events Coming Up Near Champaign

CHAMPAIGN, IL — New and exciting events are coming to the Champaign area all the time. Whether you're looking to attend a concert or sporting event, theater performance or magic show, Patch's partnership with TicketNetwork has you covered. Here's your weekly roundup of the top big-ticket events comi


4 months after buying Campustown nursing home, new owner set to close it

CHAMPAIGN — Less than four months after buying the former Heartland of Champaign nursing home in the Campustown area, the new owners have filed a notice of intent with the state to close the facility.


Police: Woman spiked Illinois state trooper’s drink

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Ill. (WEEK) — A Beardstown woman reportedly spiked an Illinois State Trooper’s sports drink with an unknown substance during a meth bust in Schuyler County on Tuesday.


Congratulate the winners of this year’s Urbana Arts Grants

Earlier this week at a Sneak Peek event, the Urbana Arts Program announced the winners of the 2019 Urbana Public Arts Grants. Photo from the Urbana Arts Program Facebook page.


86 Illinois counties see population loss in 2018

Fleeing residents continue to fuel population loss, with Cook County leading the nation for population decline. Illinois’ inability to keep its people is spreading to more of the state’s counties, according to data released April 18 by the U.S. Census Bureau.


UI prof charged with theft over $10,000

URBANA — A University of Illinois faculty member is due in court next month to face criminal charges that he stole money from the UI by submitting fraudulent travel expenses.


25 year veteran Champaign police officer retires

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WAND) - A veteran Champaign police officer is retiring. Officer Michael Alvis has served the City of Champaign for 25 years. He was sworn in on April 11, 1994.


The Daily Illini police blotter for April 17

Burglary was reported on the 1600 block of English Oak Drive around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday. According to the report, an unknown offender stole electrical equipment from a construction site.