This weekend in The News-Gazette: Soccer, football, traffic, ties with China, trick-or-treat hours

Our plans for weekend newspapers include prep soccer coverage, Illini football, local politics, UI ties with China and much more.

In Saturday's Sports section, we'll be covering a couple of really important prep soccer matches as Urbana Uni High tries to earn it's way into the Class 1A state championship game with a semifinal match against Rockford Keith Country Day, while Urbana goes for a Class 2A sectional title with a match against Springfield.

And of course, Saturday is homecoming at the University of Illinois, and we'll have a preview of the Illini game vs. Indiana in Sports. And in news, Christine des Garennes writes about a traffic study in which UI students will be sending reports about football traffic to researchers who are fine-tuning a system that aims to help traffic flow more smoothly before and after major events.

In local politics, Tom Kacich reports that the candidates for Champaign County clerk are disagreeing on whether Champaign County is too strict in not allowing same-day voting during Illinois' grace period.

In Sunday's paper, Christine has a story about the UI, with one of the largest Chinese student populations in the United States, moving to strengthen its ties with China. Efforts could include a branch office,  expanded research partnerships, student exchanges and internships.

From Danville, Noelle McGee looks at Danville HIgh School's progress four years into a restructuring program.

In Business, Don Dodson writes about a Champaign company that has developed a product to make getting around in wheelchairs easier.

And in LIving, just in time for Halloween, Melissa Merli writes about a medical simulation specialist who knows how to make a bloody mess — for teaching purposes, of course.
And we'll wrap up trick or treating hours in area communities for you.

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