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Benefit set today for child's family

BLOOMINGTON - A benefit has been arranged to help the family of Brayden O'Neil with extensive medical expenses exceeding their insurance coverage.n;The benefit will be 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. today at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 1706 RT Dunn Drive.

The cost is $20 per person and includes lunch and beverages. Children 16 and younger are free. The event includes live and silent auctions. All proceeds will go to the O'Neil family and donations can be made in Brayden O'Neil's name at the Heartland Bank in Bloomington.

O'Neil, son of Mike and Edie O'Neil of Bloomington, was diagnosed with hyper-insulinism at birth.n;The disease is referred to as a reverse form of diabetes and affects 1 out of every 50,000 children. He was transferred to three hospitals before he was diagnosed and treated at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. He remained in the hospital for three months before having a portion of his pancreas removed, which cured him of the disease.

Donations also can be made in Brayden O'Neil's name at Heartland Bank in Bloomington.

East Asia topic of IWU program

BLOOMINGTON - Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Kenneth Pomeranz, a professor of East Asian languages and literature at the University of California, Irvine, will speak on "Historical Perspectives on the 'East Asian Miracle' " at the Illinois Wesleyan University Founders' Day Convocation on Wednesday.

The convocation, which is open to the public, will be at 11 a.m. in Westbrook Auditorium of Presser Hall, 1210 N. Park St.

Pomeranz also will speak at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday on "East and West and the Origins of a Modern World Economy." That public lecture will be in C-101 Center for Natural Sciences, 201 E. Beecher St.

U of I Extension unveils Web site

CLINTON - The University of Illinois Extension has opened www.dewitt.coyayayextension.uiuc.edu, providing a variety of information related to local extension programs for youth and adults.

The Web site also has links that will help with family finances, choosing a professional wardrobe and how to stay safe in winter weather.

Upcoming events offered by local and area extension units are detailed on the Web site along with other information.

Police, Fire, Rescue

Man charged with chase, five burglaries

BLOOMINGTON - A man accused of leading police on a 100 mph-plus chase in a stolen car Wednesday was charged Friday in five burglaries and in the chase.

Anthony L. Hunt, 26, of the 1000 block of Howard Street in Normal, was in jail Friday in lieu of $5,000 on charges of burglary, residential burglary, unlawful possession of a stolen vehicle and aggravated fleeing a police officer.

Hunt is accused of entering one home and four vehicles Jan. 31 and Feb. 1 and stealing items inside. Police previously said he was driving a car stolen from Peoria when chased by officers Wednesday.

Fire destroys car outside NCHS

NORMAL - Fire destroyed a car Friday morning outside Normal Community High School, a fire report said.

The fire began about 7:50 a.m. at the school at 3900 E. Raab Road, the report said. Nobody was injured, but the car was considered a total loss.

Burglary - A safe with two watches, two rings and paperwork was stolen Tuesday from an apartment in the 1000 block of Charlotte Drive, Normal.

Theft - An MP3 player was stolen from Normal West High School, 501 N. Parkside Drive, Normal, on Monday. The value was more than $300.

Burglary - Cash was stolen and a cash drawer damaged in a burglary of Buffalo Wild Wings, 3220 E. Empire St., on Sunday or Monday.

Burglary - A toolbox with tools was stolen from a garage Tuesday in the 300 block of East Walnut St., Bloomington.

Burglary -A purse with $60 and credit cards was stolen from a car Wednesday while parked on Crooked Creek Court, Bloomington.

Marijuana - A Bloomington man is accused of bringing marijuana into the McLean County Jail Thursday.

Brian A. Andrews, 27, of the 500 block of West Oakland Avenue, was in jail Friday in lieu of $2,000 on charges of bringing contraband into a penal institution and possession of marijuana.

The Pantagraph values accuracy. If you see something that is inaccurate, report it to the editor of the section. All corrections will run in this space, except Sundays. If you are not sure whom to call, contact Editor Terry Greenberg at (309) 820-3230 or tgreenbergyayaypantagraph or Managing Editor Mark Pickering at (309) 820-3252 or mpickeringyayaypantagraph .

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