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Central Illinois Nursing Homes Plagued By Violations

Gerald Warmbier began a medical journey last year that took him to the nursing home Heartland of Champaign. But instead of helping him recover after medical treatment at Carle Foundation Hospital, a lawsuit filed in the Circuit Court of Champaign County by his wife alleges the nursing home delivered such poor care that it led to his death. Years earlier, Warmbier had survived and fully recovered from a kidney transplant. In his retirement, he remained active in helping his wife run their animal rescue farm. In April 2013, however, he went into Carle Hospital with chest pains. From Carle, he went to..."  [Read more]

Monday, December 22, 2014, 12:59am  |
Holiday travel tips

Champaign Police Officer Jerad Gale says "you have to be cognizant of whose around you."Especially this time of year. Unusually low gas prices are part of the reason AAA says you can expect to see more cars on the road.98.6 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more.That's four percent more compared to last year.Jeff Taylor, manager at AutoZone in Urbana says "we do see people getting fuel injection cleaner to help on the gas mileage even though gas prices are low. During this time it is busier because people are traveling and they want to make sure everything is good on there car before they take off on a..."  [Read more]

Sunday, December 21, 2014, 11:28pm  |
Hometown Heroes: Marine helps tots get toys

CHAMPAIGN - He's one of the busiest people in Champaign during the holidays, but all this Marine's hard work is for a good cause. He's the face of the County's Toy's for Tots drive, however he learned that dedication to others by serving our country. With the hundreds of pick ups and drop offs Cesar Perez handles during the holidays. He's lifting thousands of little spirits that are usually diminished on Christmas. "How could you not appreciate the smile of a kids face on Christmas morning," says Perez. Through the Salvation Army and U.S Marine Corps Perez helps encourage the community to donate to Toys for..."  [Read more]

Sunday, December 21, 2014, 11:27pm  |
Sue Wood On 44 Years Behind The Altgeld Chimes

Sue Wood’s music is heard by dozens of University of Illinois faculty, staff, and students a day – but she’s seen but just a handful each week. I keep telling people it’s the anonymity of the place,” she said.  “Because nobody knows who’s up here playing.” But the Chimesmaster, who’s played The University Chime at Altgeld Hall since 1971, said she’s gotten enough attention nowadays to where many passersby know the daily 12:50- 1 p.m. concert is performed by her or one of her students. “Apparently it’s become quite popular this past..."  [Read more]

Sunday, December 21, 2014, 5:41pm  |
Armed robbery near campus

CHAMPAIGN -- Four men are in custody after an armed robbery early this morning. It happened near campus somewhere between Fifth and Clark Street. Four victims were coming home from a campus bar when they were approached by the men.One of them pointed a gun at the victims, the other stole two cellphones. One man was injured but he refused treatment. The suspects fled on foot, but police were able to track them down shortly after just a few blocks away.Some people living in the area say it makes them think twice before walking home. Student Ding Liu "Probably I'll walk in groups and walk with some of my..."  [Read more]

Saturday, December 20, 2014, 6:40pm  |
Car crashes into restaurant

MONTICELLO -- A man is dead after a morning crash into the Red Wheel restaurant. Red Wheel is located at 803 Iron Horse Place. The man went off the road, and drove through the dining room of the restaurant.WCIA Three's Maggie Hockenberry was there when the car was towed out of the building. It's believed a medical condition caused the crash. He was traveling on the road near the restaurant when he went over the curb and through a field. There were employees and customers inside during the incident. A waitress was taken to the hospital for injuries. The driver was also taken to Kirby Hospital where he later..."  [Read more]

Saturday, December 20, 2014, 6:26pm  |
Illini Take Braggin’ Rights Game 62-59

Rayvonte Rice hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer for the last of his 19 points, giving Illinois a 62-59 victory over Missouri in the annual Braggin' Rights game on Saturday. Rice also had seven rebounds and three assists and Illinois (9-3) had a tougher time than expected against Missouri (5-6), which is rebuilding under new coach Kim Anderson. Ahmad Starks added 13 points and Malcolm Hil had 10.   After Wesley Clark's jumper from the key tied it with 17.8 seconds remaining, Illinois left the game in Rice's hands. He dribbled for several seconds before stepping up the key and drilling a fade-away shot over..."  [Read more]

Saturday, December 20, 2014, 4:27pm  |
Music’s Effects On Learning

Music may not make you smarter, but many researchers say learning to play an instrument can help with other abilities.  University of Illinois journalism student Amelia Mugavero produced this report.   [Read more]

Saturday, December 20, 2014, 5:49am  |
Quinn appoints temporary comptroller

ILLINOIS - Governor Quinn replaced the late Judy Baar Topinka on Friday afternoon.He appointed state budget director, Jerry Stermer, to Illinois comptroller.Quinn chose Stermer because of his background in politics and their own long term working relationship.Stermer's time in office will only last a few weeks. He plans to resign on January 12, 2015. That’s when Governor Elect Bruce Rauner will take office. Stermer will leave the seat open so Rauner can appoint his own comptroller without issue.But questions still remain about who will fill Topinka’s full 4-year term. It might not be Rauner’s..."  [Read more]

Friday, December 19, 2014, 10:37pm  |
Post office renamed

CHAMPAIGN -- The commander in chief finally signed off on re-naming the post office. President Barack Obama signed off on legislation to rename the post office on Green Street. It'll be named after James Burgess Jr. Burgess was the first African-American to be elected to Champaign County State's Attorney. He served in the army for more than 20 years and graduated from the U of I.  [Read more]

Friday, December 19, 2014, 9:43pm  |
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