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Board of Trustees cancels meeting

The scheduled April 15 University of Illinois Board of Trustees meeting – at which the board's student trustee had said he would call for a vote on the retirement of Chief Illiniwek – has been canceled.

Thomas Hardy, executive director of university relations for the UI, said Board Chairman Lawrence C. Eppley talked to fellow trustees and the decision was made Friday afternoon.

Cottage getting a lift

BEMENT – No, Abraham Lincoln did not sleep here.

But the future president did set foot inside Bryant Cottage in 1858 to talk to his rival, Stephen Douglas, about scheduling a series of personal debates that would start a trend that continues today, said Marilyn Ayers, overseer of the tiny Bement historical site that's about to be lifted, literally, for major foundation renovations.

Provena facing tax bill of $1.1 million

URBANA – It's time to pay up.

That's what the Champaign County treasurer's office has told Provena Covenant Medical Center, notifying the Urbana hospital in a recent letter that it has until April 1 to pay a nearly $1.1 million property tax bill from last year.

New chips will rev up PC, chipmaker says

The next big leap in personal computing power, the switch to 64-bit chips – more or less doubling the information your computer can process at once – is months, rather than years, in the future.

That's the prognosis of AMD (short for Advanced Micro Devices) founder and Chairman W.J. "Jerry" Sanders, whose chipmaking company is poised to make inroads into the dominance of industry leader Intel with the changeover.

State audit criticizes college pension system

SPRINGFIELD – The State Universities Retirement System should have noticed sooner when Chicago City Colleges was six months behind in submitting required employer contributions, Auditor General William Holland reported Thursday.

Because of a software error on its part, the community college had stopped making the payments in question in January 2003, but SURS did not notice until June 2003, a new state audit said.

Threat over Chief a surprise

URBANA – University of Illinois officials, from the president on down, said Thursday they had no knowledge of Senate President Emil Jones threatening to withhold state funding if the trustees don't vote to retire Chief Illiniwek.

"It's not something that's been communicated to us," said spokesman Thomas Hardy.

Jury set to decide on fate of two teens

URBANA – A Champaign County jury was to decide today if punches that two teens rained down on a Champaign man last August amount to murder.

Attorneys for Willie Barry, 17, of Champaign, and Michael Cooper, 18, of Urbana, are expected to argue that their clients had no intention of killing Fredrick "Freddie" McNeal or even causing him great bodily harm when they hit him.

Family of plaintiff recalls historic ruling

URBANA – She remembers the tiring seven-block walk to catch the bus that took her another 2 miles to a segregated all-black school. She remembers tears freezing on her cheeks as she waited in the cold to take her place inside an overcrowded bus.

And she remembers her mild-mannered father, Oliver Brown, taking her by the hand and walking with her into Sumner Elementary School, an all-white school in Topeka, Kan., in September 1950. And she remembers being turned away when school officials refused to enroll her there.

Parents troubled by school proposal

CHAMPAIGN – Parents and teachers say they're worried about several components of Champaign's new middle school programming plan.

Chief among them: curtailed foreign language instruction at one middle school, possibilities that could exist for creating "tracks" and conflicts in proposed scheduling that could make it difficult for some students to take music and other electives.

Buffer strips get solid reviews in UI study

When a community grows in the Midwest, especially in East Central Illinois, chances are that the expansion will involve farmland.

Trouble is, urban residents moving into the countryside and farms don't always make compatible neighbors.