Brendt Christensen

Macon County Jail

July 03, 2017 - News Local/State

Suspect In Yingying Zhang Disappearance Faces Bond Hearing Wednesday

A hearing is scheduled Wednesday to determine whether the Champaign man charged with kidnapping in the disappearance of visiting University of Illinois scholar Yingying Zhang will be held without bond. Brendt Christensen made his initial appearance in U.S. District Court in Urbana on Monday.


Yingying Zhang

University of Illinois Police

July 03, 2017 - News Local/State

Alleged Zhang Kidnapper Makes Court Appearance Monday

The man accused of kidnapping Yingying Zhang is scheduled to make his first appearance in federal court Monday morning. Brendt Christensen, 27, of Champaign was arrested Friday, three weeks after 26-year-old Zhang went missing.


House Speaker Michael Madigan, second from right, confers with aides while watching the end of the debate on legislation to raise Illinois' income tax rate.

Brian Mackey/NPR Illinois

July 03, 2017 - News Local/State

In Bipartisan Vote, House Approves Tax Increase

The Illinois House has approved a 1.2 percentage-point increase in the state income tax. Last night, more than a dozen Republicans joined the majority Democrats to pass the legislation, despite the objections of Governor Bruce Rauner.


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