January 2010

January 2010

Rep. Tim Johnson no fan of State of the Union address


"(A) strong and unified reaction to over-reaching, intrusive and incompetent



No escape from recession's pain at UI and elsewhere

Many people in Illinois are suffering worse from the recession than UI employees.

Tough times call for shared sacrifice. That's what happening at the University of Illinois, where employees are required to take furlough days to help ease the cash flow situation.

UI women's preview: Michigan

Game 20

UI women vs. Michigan, 7 p.m.

Idea pays off for UI, prof with deal with Samsung

URBANA – Joseph Lyding says he's "pleased and a little surprised" that the semiconductor technology he helped develop 14 years ago has finally been licensed.

The University of Illinois announced Tuesday that Samsung Electronics has been licensed to use the patented technology that can extend the life – or improve the performance – of silicon chips.

Area update

area update

Furnace blamed in

MELVIN – A malfunctioning furnace is believed to have caused a fire that heavily damaged a two-story country home west of Melvin on Tuesday afternoon.

Black supporting Dillard in gubernatorial race

DANVILLE – After saying for months that he would remain neutral in the Republican gubernatorial race, state Rep. Bill Black of Danville issued a last-minute endorsement of state Sen. Kirk Dillard of Hinsdale, who once served as chief of staff to former Gov. Jim Edgar.

Black, the deputy minority leader and the dean of Illinois House Republicans, is not running for re-election this fall.

Jeremy Camp concert at Assembly Hall canceled

CHAMPAIGN – The Jeremy Camp concert at the University of Illinois Assembly Hall in Champaign that had been rescheduled for April 30, 2010 has been cancelled because of routing issues. It will not be rescheduled.

Ticket refunds on paid tickets are available at the point of purchase. If you have any questions, please call the Assembly Hall Box Office at 333-5000.

Land-use proposal could go before board in March

URBANA – A potentially controversial long-term land- use plan for unincorporated Champaign County could go to the county board as early as March, the chair of the board's environment and land use committee said Wednesday.

A three-hour-long open house regarding a proposed county land resource management plan attracted fewer than 60 people Tuesday, according to the Champaign County Regional Planning Commission staff. And only about "half a dozen" written comments were submitted about the plan, said RPC planning manager Susan Chavarria.

MTD board will consider 5 annexation proposals

CHAMPAIGN – The Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District board will begin looking next month at five separate annexation proposals around the outskirts of Champaign, Urbana and Savoy.

The board Wednesday gave the MTD staff approval to look into annexing properties including the Stone Creek subdivision in Urbana, the Boulder Ridge and Sawgrass subdivisions in Champaign, areas north of Interstate 74 in Champaign and Urbana including Frasca Field, a commercial area north of Interstate Research Park in Champaign, a new addition to the Myra Ridge subdivision in Urbana and a small area in Savoy west of Colbert Park.

Police looking for suspects in break-in

CHAMPAIGN – Police are looking for persons involved in a break-in at a Champaign house on Sunday night.

According to a Champaign police report, two men entered the back door of a house under construction in the 3600 block of Freedom Boulevard at 8:34 p.m. Sunday.