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Top of the Morning, June 22, 2019

Thanks to his grandfather's ongoing volunteer role in Pebble Beach, Calif., Champaign Central High School sophomore Victor Smith was invited to serve as a standard bearer at this year's U.S. Open.

VICTOR SMITH enjoyed his week with the rich and famous (golfers) at the U.S. Open.


This day in history, June 22, 2019

Today is Saturday, June 22, the 173rd day of 2019. There are 192 days left in the year.
Today's highlight
On June 22, 1977, John N. Mitchell became the first former U.S. attorney general to go to prison as he began serving a sentence for his role in the Watergate cover-up. (He was released 19 months later.)
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Pritzker signs trio of bills that aim to protect undocumented immigrants

House Bill 2040 bans for-profit detention centers; House Bill 1637 prohibits state and local law-enforcement agencies from carrying out ICE policies; and House Bill 2691 gives students access to state-funded student financial aid.

By Capitol News Illinois


Danville Viscofan workers go on strike over wage freeze, short-notice overtime

The 240 members of United Food and Commercial Workers Local 686 have been in contract negotiations since January with Viscofan, which owns the meat-casings production facility that was formerly Teepak.


Christensen's ex-wife testifies about marital issues

She was the last person to tesify as both the prosecution and defense rested their cases Friday; closing arguments are set to begin Monday.

PEORIA — After eight days of testimony from 35 witnesses, both the prosecution and the defense rested their cases Friday in the trial of Brendt Christensen.


Danville NFL star again returning to hometown to help kids

Class of 2011 graduate Justin March-Lillard, currently a Dallas Cowboys linebacker, will host his annual free camp for athletes entering grades 4-12 today at the high school track complex. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.

DANVILLE — Marcus Forrest remembers that, back when he was an aspiring athlete growing up in Danville, his grandmother would take him to Chicago Bears and Bulls games.


Some numbers of note in Champaign's newly approved budget

While revenues are at nearly $100 million and the capital-improvements fund is at $52 million, the city isn't without its challenges, which include a rising number of unmet needs it isn't in position to pay for long-term.


Urbana man gets 5 years for removing monitoring bracelet while on parole

Eric Kirk, 32, pleaded guilty Thursday to escape, admitting that some time last summer or fall, he removed the electronic ankle bracelet he was required to wear while on parole for a weapons offense.

URBANA — An Urbana man who had been tagged last fall on a list of local men wanted for gang-related activity has been sentenced to five years in prison.


17-year-old charged with firing gun at others in Urbana

At least one of those shots penetrated the wall of an apartment occupied by five people ranging in age from 2 to 72, Urbana police said. No one inside was hurt.

URBANA — A Champaign teen who allegedly fired a gun at three young men in east Urbana on Monday afternoon has been arrested and charged.


Man hospitalized after Campustown stabbing

A 42-year-old man was stabbed in the back and a second man, Jerry Webb, 66, was arrested on a preliminary charge of aggravated battery.

CHAMPAIGN — One man is in police custody and a second is being treated at a local hospital in connection with a stabbing Friday afternoon in Campustown.


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