February 2012

Reading gets a boost on Saturday

URBANA — Kids in Champaign County are invited to celebrate Read Across America Day on Saturday at Lincoln Square Village in Urbana.

The event is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will feature more than 30 literacy-related activities. This year's theme is "Plant a Seed, Have a Good Read."

Pavlov launches high-speed technology for apartments

CHAMPAIGN — Pavlov Media has launched a new technology in the Champaign-Urbana market that will allow apartment communities to get Internet content at "multi-gigabit" speeds, the company announced Monday.

ACLU poll: Most oppose ultrasound before abortion

CHICAGO — A statewide poll taken for the American Civil Liberties Union says that only one-third of likely Illinois general election voters would support a bill requiring a woman seeking an abortion to undergo and view the results of an ultrasound examination before receiving an abortion.

But such a bill is not currently before Illinois lawmakers.

Investigation of pepper spray incident nearing end

CHAMPAIGN — Police say they are nearing the end of their new investigation of a June 2011 arrest after the city council denied hiring an outside consultant to do the work.

But it could still be weeks before a final determination is made.

No progress yet on Egyptian front

Egypt has long been one of this country's most reliable allies in the Middle East, but that's changing.

It may end quickly, or it may not, but in the meantime chaos reigns in the case of the American citizens being held in Egypt in the aftermath of the overthrow of former dictator Hosni Mubarak.

Remodeling will make jewelry store smaller

CHAMPAIGN — Christopher's Fine Jewelry Design in downtown Champaign has closed for remodeling and expects to reopen later this week in a smaller space.

Co-owner Lois Wacholtz said the store plans to keep its frontage at 124 N. Neil St., C, but lease out the back portion.

Auditor candidate would "punch in" at county

URBANA — One of the Democratic candidates for Champaign County auditor said Monday that he would abide by the county's electronic time-keeping system for employees and would punch into work and out when he is performing official duties in the auditor's office.

Ohio recruit Peterson 'can be as good as he wants to be'

Follow IlliniHQ recruiting blogger Cody Westerlund on Twitter here.

If you can follow – and it will take your full concentration to do so – here’s a primer on the potential of Huber Heights (Ohio) Wayne High junior lineman Lovell Peterson.

Kennedy defends Hogan in reply to faculty

URBANA — Answering faculty calls for change, University of Illinois Board of Trustees Chairman Christopher Kennedy expressed his support for Michael Hogan on Monday, saying the embattled president has been instrumental in building a strong administrative team at the UI.

He also pledged to continue working to strengthen relationships with faculty.