Shots fired in downtown Champaign

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WICS/WCCU) — Champaign Police are investigating after shots were heard in the downtown area Thursday night. Officers were called to the area of Taylor and Market Streets just before 10:30 p.m. after people reported hearing gunshots. Police found shell casings at the scene, but no injuries have been...
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$8,000 worth of tools stolen; Champaign police seeking information regarding recent burglaries

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WAND)- Champaign County Crime Stoppers are seeking information regarding two recent burglaries. According to officials, during the nighttime hours of June 1, and early morning hours of June 2, unknown suspect(s) forcibly entered Ehler Brother’s Fertilizer, located at 2475 County Road 2100 North in rural Royal, as well as Wingfield Manufacturing, located at 5811 North High Cross Road in rural Urbana.
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'Put the guns down': 40 Days of Peace starts Saturday

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WICS/WCCU) — Saturday starts the beginning of 40 Days of Peace and Community Building, hosted by HV Neighborhood Transformation (HVNT). "Gun violence is still in the trajectory where it is rising up," HVNT Chief Executive Officer William Brown said. The 40/40 Club focuses on cultivating trust and positive...
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Recent Champaign fires investigated as arson

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WICS/WCCU) — Champaign Police and Fire Departments are investigating two recent residential fires as arson. The first fire happened around 11 p.m. on Friday, June 11 at 8 Sherwood Court. Crews were able to put out the garage fire quickly without any injuries. The next day, at approximately...

Monticello veteran receives France's highest honor for World War II service

MONTICELLO — Tom Goffe, who turns 98 years old June 19, was awarded the Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur on Friday during a special ceremony at American Legion Post 81. Goffe, who was a parachute rigger during the Normandy campaign on June 6, 1944, and participated in four other major campaigns, received the medal, considered France's highest honor.
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The Daily Illini police blotter for June 17

An arrest was made on the charges of burglary, resisting a police officer and criminal damage to property at Village Pantry on the 1200 block of North Mattis Avenue around 1:30 a.m. on Wednesday. According to the report, a witness reported a burglary and police saw the suspect outside of the store, who then attempted to flee. The suspect was subsequently arrested.

Cooling on wheels for Champaign homeless

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WICS/WCCU) — Volunteers in Champaign are providing a way for the homeless to stay cool during the dangerous heat hitting Illinois hard this week. Volunteers from the Canteen Run are providing a stationary cooling center using the Salvation Army bus. This came together last minute to give those...
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VEHICLE: Unit 1 – 2005 Silver Toyota. DRIVER: Unit 1 – Randy O. Lopez, 24-year-old male of Piper City, Illinois. PASSENGER: Unit 1 – Gabriela K. Shurr, 20-year-old female of Piper City, Illinois. Unit 1 – Anayeli I. Medina, 19-year-old female of Piper City, Illinois (Deceased) PRELIMINARY: A preliminary investigation...

Athlete of the Week: Payton Ragona

Four-year letterman Payton Ragona left the Mahomet-Seymour wrestling program early to serve in the United State Army late on June 7. Prior to heading to bootcamp, Ragona amassed 62 career victories, 23 of which ended by fall. He earned the Brent Johnson Ironman Award in 2018, was a member of the Illinois Top Dawg Disney Duals Team in 2019 and was a member of Mahomet-Seymour’s 2020 State Dual Elite 8 Team.

Mahomet Music Festival returns to the downtown area in late August

Summer concerts around the country are coming back, and in Mahomet it is no different. The Mahomet Music Festival is returning on August 27-28 this year, with the Village boasting a great venue, popular artists and mouth-watering food. The concerts are free to attend and will be taking place along...
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Illinois Basketball: 2023’s Jalen Hooks enjoys Illini unofficial visit

A key 2023 priority recruit was in Champaign on Monday and liked what he saw from the Illinois basketball program and coaching staff during his visit. Jalen Hooks, a four-star 2023 recruit, was in Champaign to visit campus on Monday. After a year of uncertainty with the Coronavirus pandemic and with prospects unable to visit schools, there is a sense of normalcy around college athletics returning to a pre-COVID state.
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What happens during an official visit? The Illini staff gave us a tour

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Bret Bielema knew he was in for quite the lengthy conversation when Josh Whitman called him in December. This was, after all, a job interview to be the head football coach at the University of Illinois and both parties have a way of getting a little long-winded in their responses. He went off to a portion of his East Coast home to get on with the conversation.