February 2012

February 2012

Bar checks bring 33 tickets

PESOTUM — Illinois State Police and Champaign police conducted an Operation Campus/ Tap detail during the late evening hours of Saturday and the early morning hours of Sunday.

The purpose of the program is to reduce and deter underage drinking in Illinois among college and high school age youth.

The Assembly Hall ...

In Sunday's News-Gazette, our Paul Klee will tell us in his own unique way what makes the Assembly Hall special. At our IlliniHQ Facebook page, we'd like to hear your favorite Assembly Hall moment — be it a basketball game, a Chief dance, a Prince concert, a graduation ceremony. Click here to chime in.


Man to be resentenced on driving violation

MONTICELLO — A White Heath man faces up to a year in the county jail when he is resentenced next month for driving when he should not have.

William Eiben, 49, admitted earlier this week in Piatt County Circuit Court that he violated the probation he was on for driving under the influence of alcohol in 2010 when, in August 2011, he caused a collision that killed a Bondville man.

Time-O-Matic looks to expand facility, consolidate operations

DANVILLE — In the last decade, Time-O-Matic Watchfire's operations have outgrown its original facility and spread to other locations in Danville.

Now, the digital sign manufacturer is planning to expand its original building and bring its Danville employees under one roof, according to Danville city officials.

Urbana panel releases its first report on dual-language

URBANA — A committee assigned to look into the particulars of Urbana's new dual-language programs at Leal and Prairie elementary schools has some recommendations, but isn't ready to say how many classrooms it should have.

Program lets students share their talents, take patients' focus off of stay in hospital

CHAMPAIGN — Sometimes sick kids and their families need more than modern medicine can provide: They need relief from the stress of being in the hospital.

And for stress relief, some say there's nothing like the calming notes of harps.

Quinn budget a real bummer

No money means no fun for Illinois legislators reviewing the governor's budget plan.

Announcing a "rendezvous with reality," Gov. Pat Quinn Wednesday released details of a $33.8-billion state general fund budget plan filled with spending cuts and facility closings while simultaneously inviting legislators to help him clean up a fiscal disaster decades in the making.

Materials to enhance math, science experience for children

Grant money will help local teachers develop their math curriculum and provide science kits for kids.

Both are related to the University of Illinois' Trustworthy Cyber Infrastructure for the Power Grid, a center housed at the university.

Sears at Market Place to close next year

CHAMPAIGN — The Sears store at Champaign's Market Place Shopping Center is slated to close sometime in 2013, Sears Holdings Corp. announced this morning.

The store is among 11 Sears locations being sold to General Growth Properties for a total of $270 million.

Input sought in search for Mahomet-Seymour superintendent

MAHOMET — The Mahomet-Seymour school board is inviting community members to offer their input as the search for a new school superintendent begins.

The public is welcome to attend two open sessions with Tom Leahy, search consultant from the Illinois Association of School Boards, next week. The school board has hired the state association to oversee the search and selection process.