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Plot gets man 13-year term

URBANA – A Champaign man who plotted to kill his wife and would-be lover's husband was sentenced Thursday to 13 years in prison.

Under truth-in-sentencing, that means it will be about 10 years before Jason Broadstone, 31, of Champaign, can live with his two daughters, whom he begged a judge to let him have a chance to raise.

Carle ends practice of debtor arrests

URBANA – Carle Foundation Hospital will stop "body attachment" arrests of its debtors, effective immediately.

The practice, in which collection agencies use court-ordered arrests to wring money from patients in arrears, will no longer be used by the hospital, which described them as a rarely used method of last resort. The hospital announced the change on Friday.

MTD bus takes tumble

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.

UI students protest governor's proposed cuts

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.

Monitors see slow progress in Unit 4

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.

Champaign car booting starts Monday

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.

Ex-Franklin coach seeks damages from district

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.

Education plan gets mixed reviews

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.

Tools let network operators see their way to security

Had it not taken place in East Central Illinois, it might have seemed like an odd conversation for two computer networking guys to be having.

More than a year ago, Jim Barlow, chief security engineer at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, and Kiran Lakkaraju, a doctoral student on NCSA's Security Incident Fusion Tool team, were talking cornfields.

Immigrant licenses measure advances

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.