March 2012

March 2012

Free health services today in Champaign

The Illinois Department of Public Health is offering free health care services today (March 23) from noon to 2 p.m. at two locations in Champaign.

Included will be HIV and STD testing and counseling, basic health screenings for men and women such as blood pressure, glucose and cholesterol screenings, and first aid.

Danville shows options for Bowman Avenue rail crossings

DANVILLE — Libby Beninati doesn't travel Bowman Avenue to work, because she wants to avoid getting caught by a train at one of the two railroad crossings she would have to pass.

Officials look into deaths of animals in Jamaica

JAMAICA — Health officials believe two birds found dead this month in Jamaica probably ate agricultural pesticide, but they still don't know for certain what happened to other animals that have died there in the past month.

Background on Hogan

Michael Hogan is the second consecutive University of Illinois president to resign from the office. He was named president in May 2010, replacing B. Joseph White, who stepped down in September 2009 during the Category I admissions scandal. Hogan, who had been president at the University of Connecticut, will have held the job for two years when he steps down.

Teamsters picket concrete companies

URBANA — Members of Teamsters Local 26 were preparing for a fourth day of pickets today at Blager Concrete in Urbana.

Pickets went up Tuesday morning at the ready-mix concrete company after management and drivers couldn't come to terms on a new contract, said Tim Donovan, business agent for Local 26.

Easter is UI trustees' choice to avoid 'holding pattern'

CHICAGO — After just two years as president of the University of Illinois, Michael Hogan "concluded that the time was right for him to return" to teaching and research, UI board Chairman Christopher G. Kennedy said Thursday after announcing Hogan's surprise resignation.

Faculty welcome choice for new UI president

University faculty members who have been vocal throughout President Michael Hogan's time at the University of Illinois say they believe Bob Easter will be an able leader when he becomes president.

Joyce Tolliver, vice chairwoman of the Senate Executive Committee, said she knows Hogan's decision to resign was probably difficult, but she believes it's right for the university.

Submit listings by April 13 for Summer Fun Guide

The News-Gazette will publish its annual Summer Fun Guide on May 13.

Much of the guide is devoted to a calendar of events occurring between May 13 and Sept. 30.

Huth: Illini baseball's top Big Ten storylines

The Illini baseball team begins defense of its Big Ten co-title tonight when it opens conference play at Nebraska. Beat writer JEFF HUTH offers an update on streaking Illinois, which has won six of its last eight games to improve to 10-7.


Welcome aboard

Thursday's prep highlights: Centennial remains perfect

In baseball

Centennial 6, Carter (Tenn.) 1. Zach Owens, who pitched six innings, and reliever Kyle Ritten combined for a one-hitter in the Chargers' road win. Zach Parks and Drake Peratt each had two hits and an RBI for Centennial (5-0). Ryan McCuskey and Nate Gibbons contributed doubles to the Charger attack.