Jeff D'Alessio

Longtime Illini favorite to speak at Rantoul church

RANTOUL — Truth be told, the local linebacking legend who never met a microphone he didn’t like still gets a little lumpy in the throat before delivering a big speech.

And then J Leman takes the stage.


Rantoul police dog passes away

RANTOUL — Village police are mourning the passing of Nautic, the Belgian Malinois who served the village “with eagerness and pride” in his nine-plus years on the job.

The canine partner of Officer Kyle Donovan was laid to rest Sunday after an ongoing illness.


A look at Rantoul's police chief search

For the first time since Anthony Cobb’s appointment in 2012, Champaign County has a new police chief. With Erman Blevins now on the job as Rantoul’s top cop, The News-Gazette sifted through the applications of the far-flung field of the 16 who applied to succeed the retiring Paul Farber.


Area village officials show their gratitude to employees

At lunchtime Monday, as has become an annual tradition this time of year, employees of the village of Fisher were cordially invited to Blue Star Family Restaurant for some good tidings and some good grub.

The mayor picked up the check.


'Armed and dangerous' is man's description

ST. JOSEPH — A warrant on charges of home invasion was issued Sunday for a 26-year-old Mahomet man whom authorities described as “armed and dangerous.”

Authorities said Jacob K. Morrissey, a 5-foot-9, 180-pound white man with brown hair and blue eyes, is thought to be driving a 1994 tan Buick LeSabre (license plate R712995) that was stolen from the Georgetown area.


Rural Ludlow woman wins $46,100 on 'Wheel of Fortune'

LUDLOW — Now, Brenna Schluter can tell everyone about her big pay day on “Wheel of Fortune.”

The rural Ludlow woman was sworn to secrecy until her episode aired. That happened Tuesday night, when millions of television viewers watched her win a whopping $46,100 in cash and prizes in less than a half-hour’s work.


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