Champaign, ILnewschannel20.com

Man hit 14-year-old repeatedly with axe, prosecutors say

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WCCU/WICS) — The man accused of killing a 14-year-old boy in Champaign is set to be arraigned Tuesday. Daryl Vandyke, 55, was arrested around 11 a.m. on Friday, July 30. : Missing 14-year-old boy found murdered, suspect arrested. He's accused of killing 14-year-old Steven Butler III. Butler had...
Urbana, ILWCIA

Man accused of killing teenager appears in court

URBANA, Ill. (WCIA) — A man accused of killing a 14-year-old boy appeared in court Monday. Darryl Vandyke was arraignment court. However, the judge tried to tell him what he was charged with, but he did not answer. His arraignment was pushed to Tuesday. He is accused of killing Steven...
Champaign, ILWCIA

Murder suspect arraignment delayed

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WCIA) – Darryl Vandyke is accused of killing a Champaign teenager. Two bicyclists found Steven Butler’s body on Firday in a ditch in Urbana. His father reported him missing the night before. The case was supposed to move forward Monday, but instead it was postponed. Vandyke was supposed...
Champaign, ILWCIA

Memorial takes place for murdered teen

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WCIA) –“He didn’t die in vain and we’re going to make sure this doesn’t happen,” Steven Butler II, Steven Butler III’s dad, said. This man is using tragedy to help others. He has to bury his son and he doesn’t want any other family to have to feel that pain.
Champaign, ILWAND TV

Vigil held for Champaign boy who was murdered; how to help family

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WAND) - Steven Butler's dad said during Monday night's vigil for his son, pain of a father pushing for his son's death to be part of a greater purpose. "Hopefully this brings change in that another child (doesn't have to) die, you know, if that's my sons legacy, he didn't die in vain," Butler said.
Danville, ILvermilioncountyfirst.com

District 118 Announces Plans For Opening Schools

Danville School District 118 has announced its plans for the opening of the new school year. Those plans include having all students, staff, and visitors to the local schools wear masks – regardless of their vaccination status. Wearing masks will also be required for transportation purposes, outdoor play, recess, physical...
Illinois Statefordcountychronicle.com

North Chicago man killed in crash on I-57 near Loda

LODA — A 35-year-old North Chicago man was killed in a one-vehicle crash Monday morning on Interstate 57 in southern Iroquois County. In a news release, District 21 Illinois State Police said the accident occurred around 8:19 a.m. when the man — whose identity was being withheld pending the notification of next of kin — was driving a 1999 Chevrolet Suburban south at milepost 267 near Loda.
Vermilion County, ILvermilioncountyfirst.com

COVID Numbers Rising Among County’s Children

Vermilion County continues in the ‘High’ category for cases of COVID-19. And on Monday, the Vermilion County Health Department reported 75 new cases in the county. They include 19 young people ranging from infants to teenagers. There have now been 10,325 positive cases diagnosed in Vermilion County since the pandemic began early last year.
Champaign, ILnewschannel20.com

As violence rises, check in on your neighbors

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WCCU) — As violence is on the rise; residents are on edge, but some neighbors are checking in on one another. Mike Ingram of Champaign called it a heavy week and wanted to check in on his neighbors. This comes after 14-year-old Steven Butler was found Friday morning.
Champaign, ILWCIA

Mother and daughter lose trailer home to grease fire

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WCIA) — A trailer home burned in Champaign after a grease fire spread. It happened at the trailer park near East Leverett Road and County Road 1300. Mother and daughter Marie Coon and Cindy Groom lived there. The mother was cooking and thought she turned off the burner,...
Illinois StateWCIA

New law in Illinois will help protect immigrants

CHAMPAIGN-URBANA, Ill. (WCIA) — Illinois is now the second state to require local officials to end partnerships with ICE. Governor Pritzker signed it into law today. The new law strengthens the TRUST Act, which addresses hate crimes against immigrant communities and expands workplace protections for DACA recipients. It also creates...
Champaign County, ILWAND TV

Champaign County alerts residences of current rash of scam letters

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WAND)- Champaign County Recorder of Deeds Mike Ingram warns Champaign County residents of a rash of scam letters posing as false official-sounding agencies. According to Ingram, the letters originate from fake-but-trying-to-sound-official places like "Local Records Office" in Pekin or "Records Recovery Services" in Naperville, do not appear to attempt to phish any information from homeowners.
Champaign County, ILWCIA

Champaign County Recorder of Deeds warms homeowners about scam

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WCIA) — The Champaign County Recorder of Deeds is warning people about a scam that has been going around the community. Recorder of Deeds Mike Ingram said the scam comes in the form of letters. “The letters, originating from fake-but-trying-to-sound-official places like ‘Local Records Office’ in Pekin, or ‘Records Recovery Services’ in Naperville, do not appear to be attempts to phish any information from homeowners. Rather, it is just an attempt by the sender to insert themselves into the middle between the Recorder’s office and the homeowner in order to make some quick money.”
Champaign, ILWCIA

Officials say to get tested if you have symptoms even if you’re vaccinated

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WCIA) — Officials say to get tested if you have symptoms, whether or not you are vaccinated. “Right now, we are recommending anyone whether vaccinated or not have any symptoms that remotely mimic flu or COVID or even seasonal allergies, they should go and get tested,” said Awais Vaid, the deputy administrator and epidemiologist for CUPHD.