With its two-seat cockpit, the sleek white airplane vaguely resembles a fighter jet.
With its high wing spans and all those gadgets attached to it, it might be a crop duster.
SPRINGFIELD–State Universities Retirement System Executive Director James Hacking has announced plans to leave Illinois at the end of August to lead another retirement program for the state of Arizona.
Hacking told The News-Gazette on Tuesday that a search firm for the Arizona Public Safety Personnel Retirement System solicited him for the job, and he recently told the SURS board in executive session that he planned to take it.
RANTOUL – The public will be allowed to attend Rantoul's Economic Development Commission meetings after all.
Mayor Neal Williams on Tuesday night pulled from the village board agenda a proposal that would have restructured the commission from a group appointed by the mayor to a group appointed by Village Administrator David Johnston. Under that arrangement, the commission would no longer have to comply with the Illinois Open Meetings Act.
Turns out you may be able to satisfy a hungry man, and get him to lose some weight, by putting him on a balanced diet and making it easier for him to control the size of the portions he consumes.
University of Illinois researchers used pre-packaged entrees readily available in the grocery store frozen foods section to help men in a study get a handle on portion sizes.
CHAMPAIGN – Fox/Atkins Development has chosen a management group to operate the new hotel on St. Mary's Road across from the University of Illinois Assembly Hall.
The West Paces Hotel Group, based in Atlanta, has been selected to operate the 120-room hotel and an adjacent restaurant, developer Peter Fox said.
CHAMPAIGN – Cash-strapped Don Moyer Boys & Girls Club officials have trimmed back their summer program and may have to make more changes in the fall.
Andre Arrington, executive director of the club, said he's asking for public support to keep the programs operating at the same level in the future.
URBANA – The man who oversaw a massive overhaul of the University of Illinois' computer systems is leaving for a job at Emory University in Atlanta.
Richard Mendola, UI's associate vice president for Administrative Information Technology Services and executive director of the UI Integrate project, will leave Aug. 5. He'll be a vice president and chief information officer at Emory University.
CHAMPAIGN – Champaign school board members on Monday announced three administrative appointments, including two principal jobs going to teachers already working in Champaign schools.
At the central office, Suzanne Gibbons will become the new director of special education, a job to be vacated when longtime teacher and administrator Margie Jobe retires this month.
Counterfeit bills – mostly $100s and $20s – have been appearing frequently in East Central Illinois.
Eric Pingolt, resident agent-in-charge for the U.S. Secret Service in Springfield, said citizens and merchants need to pay attention to the currency they receive.
CHAMPAIGN – An incentive program for redevelopment projects, such as the possible redevelopment of the Chancellor Hotel, will be considered Tuesday by the Champaign City Council.
The council study session will begin at 7 p.m. at the Champaign City Building, 102 N. Neil St.