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Helia Healthcare fined $75,000 after two more resident deaths

Helia Healthcare, a nursing home in Champaign, has been fined $75,000 after two resident deaths. This comes less than a year after another resident death, for which the home was fined $50,000 earlier this year. In all three cases, Helia chose not to contest the fines and waived its right to a hearing, allowing it […]


Loda woman killed in intersection crash

A car crash on Wednesday morning, July 11, left 54-year-old Lori Whitfield, of Loda, dead. The crash occurred at the intersection of southbound County Road 1600 East and County Road 100 North, near Paxton. As Whitfield entered the intersection, her vehicle collided with a Dodge Ram pickup truck. She died less than an hour later […]


3000 McDonald’s locations pull salads after food poisoning incidents

Dozens of people across Illinois and Iowa have contracted an intestinal parasite after eating McDonald’s salad. The parasite, called cyclospora, causes food poisoning symptoms including cramps, vomiting, and diarrhea. Cases have appeared across the Midwest. Since mid-May, 20 people have gotten sick in Illinois. In late June and early July, an additional 15 people got […]


Family of six injured in 2-vehicle crash

Jestin M. Covington, 31, and his five children were taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries following a 2-vehicle crash. The children were between the ages of one and ten. The crash occurred around 3 AM on Thursday, July 5th on Interstate 74 between Prospect Avenue and the Interstate 57 interchange. Covington was driving a […]


One killed in 2-vehicle crash

Lorin A. Schluter, 59, of Armstrong was killed on Saturday, July 7th after a 2-vehicle crash. The crash took place at the intersection of 2500 N and 2500 E near Flatville in eastern Champaign County. Authorities reported that Schluter was traveling west in a Pontiac Grand Prix when he ran a stop sign at the […]


Two killed in dump truck accident

Two dump trucks collided in western Piatt County on Monday, June 25, around 5:20 pm. The crash occurred on the Macon-Piatt county line at Northeast County Line Road on Illinois Route 105. One of the trucks, heading northbound, ran a stop sign and collided with the other truck, driving west, on the driver’s side. The two men killed […]


Three major crashes within one hour

On Thursday, June 21, three major car crashes occurred in Champaign county within 45 minutes of each other. The first occurred on Interstate 57 between Pesotum and Tuscola around 3:45 pm. The crash blocked both northbound lanes and slowed traffic for miles. Both a boat trailer and truck tractors were towed from the scene. The […]


Challenger League Volunteering Event with AMBUCS

This past weekend, twelve members of the team at volunteered with the AMBUCS organization in Danville. AMBUCS is an organization dedicated to improving mobility for people with disabilities, and one of the ways they do that is by hosting the annual Challenger League Baseball series. Each of us teamed up with a buddy, and we […]


Accident involving car and motorcycle in west Champaign sends emergency vehicles to the scene

The intersection of Washington Street and Prospect Avenue was blocked off while emergency vehicles responded to a crash between a motorcycle and a car on June 4. The accident occurred in the afternoon, and two people left the scene in an ambulance. No more information was available. For more information on this story and any […]


Gibson City woman pronounced dead after crash

A 58-year-old woman was pronounced dead at the scene of a two-vehicle crash earlier this month. The accident occurred at 6:55 p.m. at the intersection of county roads 3200 N and 1100 E. The Gibson City woman and the other driver, a 55-year-old man from Dewey, entered an intersection in rural Champaign county at the […]