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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
CHAMPAIGN – Realigning Champaign's middle school curriculum will cost more than $1.5 million, according to details released at a public meeting Wednesday.
Unit 4 administrators outlined plans for the changes, which will align specific elementary schools with each of the three district middle schools, and they also proposed changing the starting and ending times at the schools so day lengths at all three are the same.
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.
PAXTON – Hanging chads have become a thing of the past in Ford County.
When Ford County voters head for the polls on March 16, they will be casting their ballots using a new electronic optical scanning system.
URBANA – Hundreds of people crowded into the University of Illinois trustees' meeting at the Illini Union this morning to lobby for and against Chief Illiniwek.
No vote was scheduled on the issue today.
Speakers for the most part offered familiar arguments. They, like the crowd of about 250 to 300, were about evenly divided on each side of the issue.