URBANA – A package of zoning changes intended to preserve area farmland, curb residential development in rural areas and promote commercial districts came under fire Thursday night as about 200 residents attended a meeting to learn more about the plans.
As part of Champaign County's comprehensive review of its zoning code, staff has proposed several changes to the rural districts. Thursday's meeting at the Brookens Center was one of several public hearings the Champaign County Board of Appeals will hold to review the proposed changes.
CHAMPAIGN – Danville Ford dealership franchise owner Curley Lee will become the new owner of Hill Ford effective Monday.
The dealership will be called Ford of Champaign.
CHAMPAIGN – The state's final list showing which schools in Illinois made adequate yearly progress has been released, and the status of several local schools has improved.
However, five elementary schools, all three middle schools and both high schools in Champaign failed to achieve adequate progress status, a key indicator for funding purposes because it's tied to federal No Child Left Behind requirements that figure into funding schools receive.
BOURBONNAIS – In two days at Chicago Bears training camp, Jerry Schumacher probably has done more standing around and squeezing a bottle full of water into his mouth than practicing.
He''s not hurt, not even sick. The former Illinois linebacker is deep on the Bears'' depth chart.
SAVOY – A man who crashed a sport utility vehicle into a Savoy condominium early today was treated at Carle Foundation Hospital, then arrested for DUI.
"I was in the bedroom and had just turned out the light. I heard sirens then the screech then my whole house shook," said Barbara Pirie. "He tore out my front door and my front bedroom, which is a guest room. Luckily, no one was in it."
D.A. Points has had a taste of the PGA Tour, and he''s this close to earning a full-time spot on the country''s premier pro golf circuit.
Yet while he toils on the lower-profile Nationwide Tour, Points has a feeling that he belongs somewhere else.
The University of Illinois will surpass its record number of incoming freshmen for the second year in a row this fall semester.
Richard Herman said the university is expecting about 7,300 freshmen, an increase of almost 500 students from a year ago.
Five members of Illinois coach Sujay Lama''s women''s tennis squad and two members of UI coach Craig Tiley''s men''s squad earned national academic awards for the last school year.
Jennifer McGaffigan, Tiffany Eklov, Leila Cehajic, Cynthya Goulet and Isabel Jarosz were named Intercollegiate Tennis AssociationScholar-Athletes. Recently graduated Phil Stolt and senior-to-be Chris Martin made the list on the men''s side.
VILLA GROVE – An 84-year-old resident of the Shangrila Veterans Hotel in Villa Grove died Tuesday from complications resulting from smoke inhalation.
Champaign County Deputy Coroner Steve Elkins said Leonard Clifton died at 9:38 p.m. Tuesday at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, where he had been a patient since Friday night, when fire consumed the downtown Villa Grove hotel.
CHAMPAIGN – Beyonce or Justin Timberlake: Which young R&B star would most likely cause feverish ticket sales and make the most profit at the Assembly Hall?
The answer is being hunted down by 30 academically gifted minority high school students participating in a nationwide program.