In Friday's News-Gazette: Champaign teachers, nuclear research grant, Big Ten football

In Friday's paper, we'll have stories about a strike authorization vote by Champaign teachers, a grant for nuclear research at the University of Illinois and no respect for Big Ten football.
The union that represents teachers in the Champaign school district is planning to take a strike authorization vote, Meg Dickinson reports. The Champaign Federation of Teachers met for a bargaining session with the school district Wednesday, and a federal mediator joined them for the third time.
Unemployment rates in East Central Illinois were generally lower in August than they were in July — and also lower than a year earlier.
Julie Wurth writes that a $3.5 million grant to develop corrosion-resistant coatings for nuclear reactors has been awarded to researchers at the University of Illinois.
In Sports, it appears Illini men's basketball coach John Groce  and his staff will have to look elsewhere for a point guard recruit after their full-court press for Demetrius Jackson of Mishawaka, Ind., came up short.
And columnist Loren Tate says the Big Ten is the Rodney Dangerfield of college football — Saturday’s opening of the 117th Big Ten football campaign has never seen the conference wallowing in such disarray and drawing such disrespect.

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