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URBANA – Richard Florida spent a lot of time trying to build Pittsburgh into an attractive community for high-tech business.
The rude awakening came when he visited Boston and opened the newspaper to find that Lycos, the search-engine company that had its roots in Pittsburgh, was moving to Boston.
CHAMPAIGN – The Denver boot is about to become the Champaign boot.
The Denver boot, which wraps around a wheel and prevents it from moving, will be used in Champaign, starting Monday. It will be reserved for people who have five or more outstanding parking violations that are at least 30 days old and when people have not responded to a final city notice to pay up.
CHAMPAIGN – A lawsuit filed against Champaign schools Wednesday sheds light on what happened during an encounter between the superintendent's son and his basketball coach.
The suit, filed by former Franklin Middle School Coach Todd Anderson, highlights events that led to his firing and then reinstatement after a confrontation with Superintendent Arthur Culver's son, Alexander, at a seventh-grade basketball game early in February.
CHAMPAIGN – A Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District bus, buffeted by high winds this morning, toppled over a bridge railing and fell at least 15 feet into the Copper Slough.
The driver and one of the passengers were taken to local hospitals by ambulance, while the four other passengers were able to get out of the bus under their own power and appeared to suffer only minor injuries.
SPRINGFIELD – Bringing 1,500 letters from their fellow University of Illinois students, senior Felipe Hillard and Hassen Al-Shawaf, a junior, asked state lawmakers to restore cuts the governor has slated for the UI in his proposed budget for the year beginning July 1.
Cuts in state support to the UI in the past three years has already resulted in the loss of faculty and class offerings, increased class sizes, limited access to facilities and advisers, a reduction in critical maintenance services, and an increase in tuition, Hillard said.
CHAMPAIGN – Monitors tracking changes at Champaign schools to put students of all races on an equal educational footing identified some progress – and some significant failures – in their second annual report.
Monitors commended Unit 4 for putting the foundations in place to make improvements to education for black students and for several actions taken recently to improve communication with members of the black community and attorneys who represent them.
SPRINGFIELD – The cause of immigrants who lack Social Security numbers but wish to obtain driver's licenses and buy insurance edged forward in the House on Wednesday.
The House Executive Committee voted 10-2 to allow the licenses for an estimated 300,000 undocumented immigrants who could be eligible in Illinois.
Gary Meyer is the first to admit most Illinois consumers probably have no idea what he does, or even that the bureau he works for exists.
As a products and standards inspector with the Illinois Department of Agriculture's Bureau of Weights and Measures, Meyer travels the state measuring and weighing products, whether it's a bushel of potatoes or a container of potato salad.
CHAMPAIGN – On a cold Saturday morning in December, Charles Doty got up from his cot at the TIMES Center and was shocked by the face that stared back at him in the bathroom mirror.
His eyes were nearly swollen shut. His face, neck and feet were full of fluid. He sat down to have a cup of coffee, thinking he might feel better. A staff member for the homeless shelter hurried over, saying "We've got to get you out of here."
SPRINGFIELD – A rare Senate committee of the whole hearing lasting more than seven hours Wednesday did little to change the minds of lawmakers wary about Gov. Rod Blagojevich's plan to strip the State Board of Education of its duties and set up a new Department of Education under his control.
"As I learn more and more of the details in the governor's plan, I cannot support his particular takeover effort," said state Sen. Dan Rutherford, R-Chenoa.