DANVILLE — Pat O’Shaughnessy, board chairman of the United Way of Danville Area, announced Thursday morning that the board had voted to open the application process for agencies not currently receiving money.
Applications have been closed since Project Success was added in February 2000.
“The process was closed back then to concentrate on the agencies we had,” O’Shaughnessy said. “It made sense to not dilute the pot when we were having trouble funding those 17 agencies.”
As many of you know, I'm the Executive Director of the Champaign County Humane Society (CCHS). I'd like to start by thanking Mike Howie and The News-Gazette for providing me with the opportunity to create a News-Gazette blog for animal lovers in the CU community.
1. Who will succeed Phil Haig as the No. 1 starting pitcher?
When seven-game winner Haig was dismissed from the team in September after being arrested for theft of electronics equipment valued at more than $300, a new pitcher at the top of the rotation was guaranteed. Coming out of preseason practice, the job belongs to sophomore right-hander Will Strack. "He's been the most consistent pitcher that we have," Illini coach Dan Hartleb said.
A trio of weather systems will converge on the Northeast, resulting in a prolonged period of heavy precipitation and high winds. Late-week rainfall could total as much as 3 to 5 inches along the New England coast, while snowfall could reach 3 feet in parts of the interior Northeast.
Meanwhile, cold air will spill across the Plains, Midwest, and Southeast. By Friday morning, light freezes will be possible as far south as interior southern Florida.
The Big Ten has been the Big Jinx. Purdue's Robbie Hummel (knee) is the latest wounded standout. There's been no official announcement on the severity of his injury. Still, you could field an all-star starting five with players that have suffered injuries:
Urbana's proposed rental property nuisance ordinance could use attention in at least one key issue.
After sending the original proposal back for a rewrite last year, Urbana city officials once again are taking up an ordinance aimed at reducing public nuisances that occur at rental properties.
The legislation is aimed at abating public nuisances by notifying property owners of the problem and expecting them to fix it. But it also allows the city to get tough and levy substantial fines.
NEW YORK (AP) – The Coca-Cola Co. plans to acquire the North American operations of its largest bottler in a move that mirrors similar deals by its main rival PepsiCo, as both try to gain more control of distribution to keep up with shoppers' changing tastes.
The deal calls for Coca-Cola to give up its 34 percent stake in Coca-Cola Enterprises Inc., worth $3.4 billion, and assume $8.88 billion in debt.
CHAMPAIGN – Champaign school district Superintendent Arthur Culver got a one-year extension on his contract, in large part because of his work in helping the district successfully satisfy the requirements of its federal consent decree.
The school board evaluated Culver in closed session Tuesday night and voted 4-3 to extend his contract for an additional year, to June 30, 2014.
SPRINGFIELD — Legislation that would require a candidate for governor to
run with a chosen candidate for lieutenant governor was approved by an
Illinois House committee Thursday.
But the bill faces an uncertain future because the powerful speaker of the
House, Chicago Democrat Michael Madigan, plans to offer a constitutional
amendment to abolish the office of lieutenant governor in January 2015.
Madigan will formally introduce his measure on Wednesday.
The sudden interest in the oft-forgotten office of lieutenant governor is
DANVILLE – Danville school board members on Wednesday laid the groundwork for using life-safety funds to help pay for some "critical" building improvements in the next 12 months.
Board members approved amending the district's 2000 health and life safety plan to include updating Edison and Cannon elementary schools' electrical systems and replacing Garfield Elementary School's roof and a portion of Danville High School's roof.