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Quinn Says State Will Help Care For Unaccompanied Minors

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn says the state is prepared to help ``in whatever way necessary'' to preserve the well-being of unaccompanied children who've crossed the border into the United States fleeing violence in Central America. At a bill-signing ceremony Friday at the University of Illinois Urbana campus, Quinn said the state will do what it can to help these children, but he wouldn’t specify what that help might look like… “We’re prepared to do what’s right, and I think it is very important that Illinois adhere to that standard when it comes to those who come to us seeking..."  [Read more]

Saturday, July 26, 2014, 9:42am  |  will.illinois.edu
Donahue Named New ISU Board Chairman

Illinois State University's trustees have elected a veteran board member as their new chairman.   Trustees voted Friday to make Rocky Donahue the new chairman. He replaces Michael McCuskey, who retired this month.   According to The Pantagraph in Bloomington (http://bit.ly/1npZvvY ), Donahue said the board had long functioned as a team under McCuskey. He said he hopes to continue that kind of partnership.   Donahue is a 1982 graduate of Illinois State. He has been a member of the board for three years.   Donahue lives in Orland Park and is deputy executive director of external relations..."  [Read more]

Saturday, July 26, 2014, 9:33am  |  will.illinois.edu
Federal Officials Say June Kidnapping was a Hoax

CHAMPAIGN-- Six weeks ago an Urbana woman was kidnapped at knife-point. The community searched for clues and she was eventually found safe days later in Texas. Now the FBI says it was all a hoax. Monica Ramirez, the alleged victim, is one of three people now in custody. ...  [Read more]

Friday, July 25, 2014, 11:42pm  |  wicd15.com
Steroid use rising in teen athletes

ILLINOIS - A new report shows more teens are experimenting with steroids including possibly here in Illinois.The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids said in its report pressure on young athletes is creating a major new marketplace for performance enhancing drugs.Nikki Steinwart helps give people the tools to run a clean race working at the Springfield Running Center, but when she was a student athlete there was temptation to skip ahead."I think a lot of people do think about the fact it would be so much easier if you could just take something or use something and all of a sudden you're the best,” Steinwart..."  [Read more]

Friday, July 25, 2014, 10:32pm  |  .illinoishomepage.net
Village fights drugs and violence with stricter park rules

BEMENT – Drugs and violence worry neighbors near Memorial Park. Now the village board wants to take it back from the people they say are making it unsafe. They want to pass stricter rules to clean up the park so families can enjoy it again. "I don't let them go up there when it starts to get dark because you've got the teenagers up there causing trouble," said Kristy Bales, a mom who lives a few blocks from the park, which is in the center of town off North Macon Street. She says they’re Bement kids, some as young as 13 or 14-years-old. "It's scary, it is. It really is," said Bales. ..."  [Read more]

Friday, July 25, 2014, 10:07pm  |  .illinoishomepage.net
County Board Approves Another Jail Study

CHAMPAIGN COUNTY -- Champaign County Board Chair Alan Kurtz says an action plan is needed to assess county jail conditions. He says the county can't afford to keep two failing facilities."We don't have the proper facility to handle the increased mental health problems, physical problems and violent offenders," Kurtz said. ...  [Read more]

Friday, July 25, 2014, 7:13pm  |  wicd15.com
City Planners: Change Zoning to Allow Medical Marijuana

URBANA -- Urbana's current ordinance doesn't account for the growth or sell of medical marijuana. But now that state law allows it, city planners say council members should be open to the possibility.The amendment would define where a dispensary or cultivation center could be in the city. ...  [Read more]

Friday, July 25, 2014, 7:12pm  |  wicd15.com
3 Face Charges for Kidnapping Hoax

URBANA -- Three people are now facing charges for concealing material related to an alleged kidnapping hoax that happened last month. Authorities say Monica Ramirez was reported kidnapped by knife point from the Marketplace Mall in Champaign back in June. ...  [Read more]

Friday, July 25, 2014, 6:44pm  |  wicd15.com
Driver dead after car hits pole

Update: 6:30 pmCHAMPAIGN -- Police are investigating a fatal accident. It happened about 12:40 am, Friday, near Bradley and Walnut. Authorities say an officer tried to conduct a traffic stop on Garden Hills for the registered owner of a vehicle having a suspended license. The driver sped up and tried to flee the scene. The officer turned off his lights and siren and did not attempt to stop the car on Summerlin. A second police car was nearly hit by the suspect vehicle but never tried to stop it. A short time later, the vehicle struck a utility pole at the Bradley and Walnut intersection. A passenger fled the..."  [Read more]

Friday, July 25, 2014, 6:30pm  |  .illinoishomepage.net
Driver hits pole after speeding away from police

Update: 6:30 pmCHAMPAIGN -- Police are investigating an accident. It happened about 12:40 am, Friday, near Bradley and Walnut. Authorities say an officer tried to conduct a traffic stop on Garden Hills for the registered owner of a vehicle having a suspended license. The driver sped up and tried to flee the scene. The officer turned off his lights and siren and did not attempt to stop the car on Summerlin. A second police car was nearly hit by the suspect vehicle but never tried to stop it. A short time later, the vehicle struck a utility pole at the Bradley and Walnut intersection. A passenger fled the vehicle..."  [Read more]

Friday, July 25, 2014, 6:30pm  |  .illinoishomepage.net
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