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Mattoon Man Facing Gun Charge

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

A Mattoon man is facing a weapons charge.

Police say on Tuesday they arrested 56-year-old Barry Russell.

They say Russell is charged with reckless discharge of a firearm.

Police say Russell fired two shots in the air from a handgun because he was upset someone was parked in his driveway.

His first appearance in court is pending.

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Officer Involved Shooting in Urbana

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

An investigation into an officer involved shooting is underway in Urbana.

The Champaign County sheriff's department says early Tuesday morning, deputies were called to the Woodland Acres Trailer Park on University Avenue.

Officers say in the area of 64 Michelle Lane deputies noticed a male suspect walking around a parked car.

They say when officers approached the m ... READ MORE >>

U of I Selects New Chancellor

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

University of Illinois trustees have voted to approve the hire of Robert Jones as the new chancellor of the flagship campus in Urbana-Champaign.

Trustees voted unanimously at their meeting Thursday in Urbana to hire the 65-year-old Jones.

University President Timothy Killeen announced Tuesday Jones had been hired, pending trustees' OK.

Jones will be the first A ...

Gov. Rauner Signs Bath Salt Legislation

Monday, 18 July 2016

Governor Bruce Rauner has signed legislation banning the sale of synthetic drugs known as "bath salts" in Illinois.

Rauner traveled Monday to the courthouse in Taylorville to sign the bill aimed at curbing what he called an "epidemic" afflicting rural communities.

Most states have passed laws to ban the chemicals, which mimic the effects of powerful drugs like cocaine.