August 2003

August 2003

Peer Court catches eye of other communities

DANVILLE – Liya Hussmann Rogers gets excited when someone from another community calls with questions about Vermilion County's Peer Court program.

"That means they're considering a program in their area," said Hussmann Rogers, executive director of the youth court program. "I think that the program can benefit kids everywhere, not just here."

A few minutes with...

   A few minutes with ... legendary Missouri basketball coach Norm Stewart, who''s retired from coaching but still works in the university''s development office and lives in Columbia, Mo.

Chanute cleanup director leaves for new position

RANTOUL – The man who has been in charge of environmental cleanup efforts on the former Chanute Air Force Base has left for a different job.

Tim Brecheen, environmental coordinator for the Chanute Air Force Real Property Agency, left Rantoul last week to take another position within the federal government in the Northeast, according to Carl Sahre, public affairs spokesman for the agency.

Cities weigh options on power

CHAMPAIGN – Upset with Illinois Power's quality of service and reliability, top city officials with Champaign and Urbana have met several times with University of Illinois officials to explore what options they have, including the possibility of creating a municipal electric system.

Champaign City Manager Steve Carter said four or five such meetings have taken place in recent weeks and that, while the talks have not centered exclusively on the municipal power issue, that topic has been discussed extensively.

Preseason All-Big Ten

   Preseason All-Big Ten

   For the eighth consecutive year, The News-Gazette has ranked the Big Ten''s best football players heading into the season:

Be our guess

   Today''s predictions on the Illinois season include:

Strong ready for relentless attack in '03

CHAMPAIGN – It's a little-known fact that he is a certified scuba diver, and that on occasion, Derrick Strong has been known to swim with sharks. Actual sharks.

You think an offensive lineman is going to make him sweat after that? Well, maybe a little.

Illini coach settling in for second season

CHAMPAIGN  Before Illinois athletic director Ron Guenther hired Janet Rayfield as his women''s soccer coach last summer, he had a long list of questions for the North Carolina graduate.

And one of them was a whopper.

Illinois attorney general issues Allerton opinion

SPRINGFIELD – Attorney General Lisa Madigan has advised the chief justice of the Illinois Supreme Court to stay out of the debate over the University of Illinois' proposed sale of farmland near Allerton Park.

But the effect of the opinion on the potential sale depends on whom you ask. Proponents of the sale say Madigan's advice means it can go forward; opponents say they think the opinion would prevent the sale.

Dishonesty breeds more dishonesty

   Many decades ago, when cheating wasn''t nearly as sophisticated as today, the exact UI Rhetoric 101 final exam was pulled from a secret fraternity file and presented to our pledge class.

   On test day, some elected to miss a couple questions so as not to raise suspicion.